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Wilton Rancheria celebrates approval of gaming land application

Wilton Rancheria celebrates approval of gaming land application (01/26)

For the first time time in decades, the California tribe is looking forward to having a homeland.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band addresses education in new casino deal

Nottawaseppi Huron Band addresses education in new casino deal (01/05)

The Michigan Native American Heritage Fund can be used to help schools eliminate harmful mascots.
Tule River Tribe starts lengthy process to move casino to new site

Tule River Tribe starts lengthy process to move casino to new site (01/05)

The tribe must gain approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the governor of California.
Wilton Rancheria takes a huge step forward with casino project

Wilton Rancheria takes a huge step forward with casino project (12/13)

With just a few weeks left in the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is delivering a big decision for the California tribe.
Class III gaming compacts for five tribes in California take effect

Class III gaming compacts for five tribes in California take effect (12/05)

In just the past three months alone, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has allowed compacts for 10 tribes in the state to take effect.
Pokagon Band secures approval for alcohol ordinance in Indiana

Pokagon Band secures approval for alcohol ordinance in Indiana (11/29)

The tribe is celebrating major milestones as it moves forward with a casino in Indiana.
Redding Rancheria restarts process to replace existing casino

Redding Rancheria restarts process to replace existing casino (11/28)

Plans call for a 140,000 square-foot casino, a hotel with about 250 rooms, retail and an event/convention center at a much larger site.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe extends Class III gaming compact again

Rosebud Sioux Tribe extends Class III gaming compact again (09/23)

Negotiations in South Dakota appear to be moving at a glacial pace.
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wins approval of gaming compact

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wins approval of gaming compact (09/20)

The tribe will be able to operate up to 1,000 slot machines at the Royal River Casino in South Dakota.
National Indian Gaming Commission raises penalty amount to nearly $50K

National Indian Gaming Commission raises penalty amount to nearly $50K (07/07)

Tribes, management companies and other parties doing business in the Indian gaming industry are facing higher penalties for violating federal law.
Cloverdale Rancheria excited to move forward with casino plan

Cloverdale Rancheria excited to move forward with casino plan (05/18)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will 'immediately' place 61.83 acres in trust for the California tribe.
Cowlitz Tribe hosts forums on casino construction and related work

Cowlitz Tribe hosts forums on casino construction and related work (05/05)

The tribe will be offering updates on the fast-rising casino, a $15 million water reclamation plant and a $32 million highway improvement project.
Oglala Sioux Tribe wins approval for new Class III gaming compact

Oglala Sioux Tribe wins approval for new Class III gaming compact (04/25)

The tribe is now able to offer craps, keno and roulette following voter approval of a gaming initiative in South Dakota.
Two more Class III gaming compacts in New Mexico go into effect

Two more Class III gaming compacts in New Mexico go into effect (04/05)

The Land of Enchantment is now home to 15 tribes with 'deemed approved' agreements, the most of any state in the nation.
National Indian Gaming Commission finally gets its third member

National Indian Gaming Commission finally gets its third member (03/15)

The agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry is operating with a full slate for the first time in more than three years.
Jamul Indian Village still waiting for decision on gaming contract

Jamul Indian Village still waiting for decision on gaming contract (03/14)

The tribe plans to open a $390 million on its reservation in southern California in July with or without a federally-approved management contract.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues work on Class III gaming compact

Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues work on Class III gaming compact (03/10)

The tribe and the state have been negotiating for at least a year but have been unable to finalize a new agreement.
National Indian Gaming Commission slated to get a third member

National Indian Gaming Commission slated to get a third member (02/08)

Kathryn Isom-Clause, an attorney and member of Taos Pueblo, has been appointed to join the agency that regulates tribal casinos.
Umatilla Tribes raise gambling age as sales of liquor start at casino

Umatilla Tribes raise gambling age as sales of liquor start at casino (02/08)

Patrons can enjoy beer, wine and other beverages on the gaming floor and in other areas of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ready to build long-awaited casino

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ready to build long-awaited casino (01/08)

The First Light Resort and Casino will be located on about 151 acres in the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, land that is now officially a reservation.
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation sees action on Illinois casino plan

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation sees action on Illinois casino plan (01/05)

In one of his final actions, former assistant secretary Kevin Washburn started the environmental review process for the tribe's proposed Class II gaming facility.
BIA allows another New Mexico gaming compact to go into effect

BIA allows another New Mexico gaming compact to go into effect (01/04)

The Land of Enchantment is now more to more 'deemed approved' compacts than any other state thanks to former assistant secretary Kevin Washburn.
Wilton Rancheria sees BIA movement on long-awaited casino bid

Wilton Rancheria sees BIA movement on long-awaited casino bid (01/04)

Plans call for a 601,780 square-foot facility that includes a 110,260 square-foot gaming floor, a 302-room hotel, a 48,150-square-foot convention center and a 3,500-space parking lot.
Samish Nation still waiting for decision on long-awaited casino

Samish Nation still waiting for decision on long-awaited casino (12/16)

Plans call for a 48,100 square-foot casino on about 11.41 acres in Skagit County.
Cowlitz Tribe plans $13.4M wastewater system at casino site

Cowlitz Tribe plans $13.4M wastewater system at casino site (11/13)

Chairman William Iyall is confident that the Environmental Protection Agency will approve the project.
BIA allows more New Mexico gaming compacts to go into effect

BIA allows more New Mexico gaming compacts to go into effect (10/28)

The state is now home to 12 'deemed approved' compacts, a record number.
BIA backs extension of Rosebud Sioux Tribe gaming compact

BIA backs extension of Rosebud Sioux Tribe gaming compact (10/05)

The existing agreement runs through February 6, 2016, giving the parties more time to negotiate potential changes.
National Indian Gaming Commission finally sees another member

National Indian Gaming Commission finally sees another member (09/30)

Sequoyah Simermeyer, a Senate staffer who used to work at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is due to join the agency that oversees the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe vows fight over off-reservation casino

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe vows fight over off-reservation casino (09/29)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will be facing a formidable opponent as it purses the $180 million development in Michigan.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trust

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trust (09/25)

A 151-acre site in Taunton, Massachusetts, plus another 170 acres in Mashpee, the location of tribal headquarters, were immediately placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Little River Band sees strong support for off-reservation casino

Little River Band sees strong support for off-reservation casino (09/24)

Local officials are singing the praises of the $180 million project as the Bureau of Indian Affairs moves forward with the review process.
Little River Band remains committed to off-reservation casino

Little River Band remains committed to off-reservation casino (09/23)

The tribe is pursuing the project in Fruitport Township, Michigan, under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
BIA sets hearing on Little River Band off-reservation casino bid

BIA sets hearing on Little River Band off-reservation casino bid (09/21)

The tribe plans a $180 million development in Fruitport Township, about 80 miles from reservation headquarters.
BIA allows two more New Mexico gaming deals to go into effect

BIA allows two more New Mexico gaming deals to go into effect (08/13)

The state is home to nine deemed approved compacts, accounting for more than half of the tribes with casinos.
BIA allows two more New Mexico gaming deals to go into effect

BIA allows two more New Mexico gaming deals to go into effect (07/30)

Seven tribes now have deemed approved Class III gaming compacts, a seemingly unprecedented number in any state.
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins approval for liquor ordinance

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins approval for liquor ordinance (07/27)

The tribe is due back in federal court to defend the legality of a controversial Class II facility on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Navajo Nation leader hails action on Class III gaming compact

Navajo Nation leader hails action on Class III gaming compact (06/25)

A notice of the new agreement was published in the Federal Register on June 22.
BIA confirms Soboba Band can put casino at newly acquired site

BIA confirms Soboba Band can put casino at newly acquired site (06/03)

The tribe spent nearly eight years trying to get the 410-acre site placed in trust.
Soboba Band still working on plan to relocate casino to new site

Soboba Band still working on plan to relocate casino to new site (06/01)

It only took nearly eight years, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally approved a land-into-trust application for the southern California tribe.
Pokagon Band includes casino in land-into-trust plan in Indiana

Pokagon Band includes casino in land-into-trust plan in Indiana (03/12)

The tribe wants to develop a village and a Class III gaming facility in the city of South Bend.
Karuk Tribe completes arbitration for county casino agreement

Karuk Tribe completes arbitration for county casino agreement (02/24)

The county won out in a dispute over the cost of law enforcement services.
BIA still working on  potential Pokagon Band casino in Indiana

BIA still working on potential Pokagon Band casino in Indiana (02/18)

The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application more than two years ago.
Seminole Tribe wins ruling over state taxation at gaming facilities ">

Seminole Tribe wins ruling over state taxation at gaming facilities (09/11)

A federal judge handed the tribe a victory on two taxes that were being imposed on the reservation.
BIA publishes final report on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid">

BIA publishes final report on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid (09/04)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is getting even closer to a casino.
Stillaguamish Tribe finally secures reservation status for casino">

Stillaguamish Tribe finally secures reservation status for casino (08/26)

The effort took nearly 30 years, Chairman Shawn Yanity said.
Class III compact for Swinomish Tribe lowers legal age to 18">

Class III compact for Swinomish Tribe lowers legal age to 18 (07/23)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved an amendment to the tribe's existing agreement.
Federal Register: NIGC adopts final fee rate and fingerprint fee

Federal Register: NIGC adopts final fee rate and fingerprint fee (06/03)

Notice was published in today's issue of the Federal Register.
Los Coyotes Band praises action on off-reservation casino

Los Coyotes Band praises action on off-reservation casino (04/21)

After more than a decade of work, the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians is closer to an off-reservation casino in California.
BIA advances off-reservation casino projects in California

BIA advances off-reservation casino projects in California (04/18)

Two California tribes are finally seeing action on their off-reservation gaming proposals.
BIA approves amendment to Lummi Nation Class III casino deal

BIA approves amendment to Lummi Nation Class III casino deal (04/08)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved an amendment to the Class III gaming compact between the Lummi Nation and the state of Washington.
Federal Register: NIGC fee rate, Mechoopa Tribe land-into-trust

Federal Register: NIGC fee rate, Mechoopa Tribe land-into-trust (02/27)

There are two gaming notices of interest in today's issue of the Federal Register.
NIGC weighs change in handling of management contracts

NIGC weighs change in handling of management contracts (02/11)

The National Indian Gaming Commission might change the way it handles management contracts.
BIA publishes notice of Crow Tribe Class III gaming compact

BIA publishes notice of Crow Tribe Class III gaming compact (02/07)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published notice of a Class III gaming compact between the Crow Tribe and the state of Montana.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits land-into-trust at casino

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits land-into-trust at casino (02/05)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe needs to clear a big hurdle before opening a casino in southeastern Massachusetts
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails gaming compact approval

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails gaming compact approval (02/04)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomed official approval of its Class III gaming compact with the state of Massachusetts.
Non-Indian billionaire complains about Wampanoag compact

Non-Indian billionaire complains about Wampanoag compact (02/03)

Billionaire gaming mogul Steve Wynn is once again complaining about revenue sharing provisions being afforded to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
BIA publishes notice of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe compact

BIA publishes notice of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe compact (01/31)

The Class III gaming compact for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will go into effect on Monday.
Progress on Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino bid

Progress on Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino bid (01/30)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin is seeing progress on its New York off-reservation casino.
Manzanita Band awaits decision on off-reservation casino

Manzanita Band awaits decision on off-reservation casino (01/29)

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California is still waiting for an answer on its off-reservation casino application.
BIA publishes notices for recent Class III gaming compacts

BIA publishes notices for recent Class III gaming compacts (01/21)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published notices in the Federal Register of four Class III gaming compacts.
Soboba Band hires Scott Sirois as casino general manager

Soboba Band hires Scott Sirois as casino general manager (01/07)

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in California has hired a new casino general manager.
BIA moves forward with Wilton Rancheria casino land-into-trust

BIA moves forward with Wilton Rancheria casino land-into-trust (12/04)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with a casino land-into-trust application submitted by the Wilton Rancheria of California.
BIA issues final EIS for Soboba Band casino land-into-trust

BIA issues final EIS for Soboba Band casino land-into-trust (11/28)

The Soboba Band of LuiseƱo Indians of California is finally seeing movement on its casino land-into-trust application.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees progress on casino land plan

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees progress on casino land plan (11/21)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts was promised a decision on its casino land-into-trust application earlier this spring.
BIA to hold hearings on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid

BIA to hold hearings on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid (11/14)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold two public hearings to discuss the casino proposed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
BIA approves unique Class III gaming compact with Wiyot Tribe

BIA approves unique Class III gaming compact with Wiyot Tribe (09/05)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a unique Class III gaming compact between the Wiyot Tribe and the state of California.
Lac du Flambeau Band promotes off-reservation casino plan

Lac du Flambeau Band promotes off-reservation casino plan (08/22)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin addressed concerns about its off-reservation casino at a public meeting last week.
BIA moves ahead with Lac du Flambeau off-reservation casino

BIA moves ahead with Lac du Flambeau off-reservation casino (07/29)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is seeing movement on its proposed off-reservation casino in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be preparing a draft environmental impact statement for the casino. A public meeting...
BIA allows compact for Shingle Springs Band   to go into effect

BIA allows compact for Shingle Springs Band to go into effect (07/23)

Red Hawk Casino. Photo Courtesy Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians The Bureau of Indian Affairs has allowed a new Class III gaming compact for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in California to go into effect. The compact...
Law Article: NIGC changes stance on one-touch bingo system

Law Article: NIGC changes stance on one-touch bingo system (07/01)

Attorney discusses proposal from National Indian Gaming Commission to classify one-touch bingo as a Class II game: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) defines Class II bingo as a game, played electronically or otherwise, (1) for prizes, including money prizes,...
Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino site put in trust

Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino site put in trust (05/20)

Rendering of the proposed Enterprise Rancheria casino. Photo Enterprise Rancheria. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed an off-reservation gaming site in trust for the Enterprise Rancheria in California. The BIA published notice of the acquisition in the Federal Register...
BIA issues  new land-into-trust ruling for Cowlitz Tribe  casino

BIA issues new land-into-trust ruling for Cowlitz Tribe casino (05/09)

A rendering of the proposed Cowlitz Casino Resort. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has once again approved a casino for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington. The BIA issued a new record of decision to take 152 acres in trust for...
Law Article: NIGC makes big changes for tribal self-regulation

Law Article: NIGC makes big changes for tribal self-regulation (04/22)

Attorneys say National Indian Gaming Commission has streamlined the process for self-regulation of Class II gaming: Last week the National Indian Gaming Commission ("NIGC") finalized revisions to 25 CFR part 518 relating to the self-regulation of Class II Gaming. The...
Federal Register notice on Self-Regulation of Class II Gaming

Federal Register notice on Self-Regulation of Class II Gaming (04/04)

From the Federal Register: The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC or Commission) amends its regulation for the review and approval of petitions seeking the issuance of a certificate for tribal self-regulation of Class II gaming. Federal Register Notice: Self-Regulation of...
Obama reappoints Republican Daniel Little for NIGC position

Obama reappoints Republican Daniel Little for NIGC position (03/26)

Daniel Little. Photo courtesy National Indian Gaming Commission. President Barack Obama has reappointed Daniel Little to serve on the National Indian Gaming Commission. Little is a former employee of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. He joined the...
BIA to hold hearing on Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino

BIA to hold hearing on Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino (12/03)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing next week on the proposed Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build a casino in Beloit, Wisconsin The land-into-trust application covers 33 acres. The hearing will be held...
BIA backs  land-into-trust applications for  casinos  in California

BIA backs land-into-trust applications for casinos in California (12/03)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved two land-into-trust applications for two off-reservation casinos in California. The BIA agreed to place about 40 acres in trust for the Enterprise Rancheria. The site is about 32 miles from tribal headquarters. The BIA...
Seminole Tribe holding back on expansion plans at one casino

Seminole Tribe holding back on expansion plans at one casino (09/05)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida isn't saying whether it will go through with plans to expand one of its casinos. The tribe filed a land-into-trust application for a 45-acre site next to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Plans call for...
Pokagon Band includes casino in land-into-trust plan in Indiana

Pokagon Band includes casino in land-into-trust plan in Indiana (08/29)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians could be opening a fourth casino, this one in Indiana. The tribe recently started the land-into-trust process for a 164-acre site near South Bend. Although the primary purpose will be housing, plans include a...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming project continues to advance

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming project continues to advance (06/01)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing movement on its plan for a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing an environmental impact statement on the tribe's land-into-trust application, according to a notice published in the Federal...
BIA approves land-into-trust application for Ione Band's casino

BIA approves land-into-trust application for Ione Band's casino (05/29)

The Obama administration approved a land-into-trust application for the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, paving the way for the California tribe to open a casino. Generally, land acquired in trust after 1988 can't be used for gaming. But the Indian...
Fort Sill Apache Tribe to discuss plan  for casino on reservation

Fort Sill Apache Tribe to discuss plan for casino on reservation (11/28)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe will discuss plans for gaming and other development on its new reservation in New Mexico. The trust owns 30 acres in the southern part of the state. The Bureau of Indian Affairs declared the land...
BIA approves compact for Warm Springs off-reservation casino

BIA approves compact for Warm Springs off-reservation casino (03/01)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has deemed approved a compact for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. The compact authorizes an off-reservation casino for the tribe. It only becomes effective if the gaming site is taken...
City prepares lawsuit on Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino

City prepares lawsuit on Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (09/09)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, will file a lawsuit over the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino by the end of the month. The city was waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to publish a notice in the Federal Register....
Oregon governor supports  off-reservation casino for Warm Springs

Oregon governor supports off-reservation casino for Warm Springs (09/08)

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) says he will approve an off-reservation casino for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. Kulongoski's support is required under the two-part determination section of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Approval is also required...
BIA  advances  another  land-into-trust application for casino bid

BIA advances another land-into-trust application for casino bid (08/13)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with yet another land-into-trust application for a gaming project. Today's issue of the Federal Register contains a notice of a final environmental impact statement for the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of...
BIA rule restricts off-reservation gaming

BIA rule restricts off-reservation gaming (07/18)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published a regulation that makes it harder to acquire land for off-reservation casinos. The rule implements Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The section bars casinos on land acquired after 1988 unless...
Sen. Levin backs Bay Mills casino legislation

Sen. Levin backs Bay Mills casino legislation (08/02)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) has decided to support H.R.2176, a bill that would authorize an off-reservation casino for the Bay Mills Indian Community. Levin had been neutral on the issue for several years. But says he was swayed by...
Residents await decision on Prairie Band land

Residents await decision on Prairie Band land (05/22)

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas wants to open a Class II facility on ancestral land in Illinois but it could be years before a decision is made. The tribe owns 128 acres in Shabbona. The town is named...
BIA extends comment period on Section 20 rules

BIA extends comment period on Section 20 rules (01/17)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has extended the comment period on the rules for gaming on lands acquired after October 17, 1988. The rules seek to implement Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. "This proposed rule establishes a...

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