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Tribes might finally get some help with gaming efforts in Maine

Thirty years after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, some tribes are still being left behind.

Posted: September 17, 2018


Trump administration supports sovereignty for tribes in Texas

Two tribes whose casinos are being threatened with closure are getting a big assist from Washington.

Posted: September 14, 2018


Tribes once again ask Congress to recognize sovereign rights in Texas

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Tigua Tribe are being denied rights most others in Indian Country take for granted.

Posted: September 10, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces opposition to homelands legislation

Politicians from Rhode Island are lining up against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

Posted: September 5, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe lands big partner for gaming project

Though plans remain in development, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is serious about Indian gaming.

Posted: August 22, 2018


Lytton Band agrees to permanent ban on gaming as homelands bill awaits action

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has agreed to a permanent ban on gaming on any land acquired in Sonoma County in California.

Posted: August 8, 2018


Tribes wait for approval to offer new games at casinos in Oklahoma

Roulette and craps are coming to tribal casinos in Oklahoma.

Posted: August 6, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe still working on casino after court victory

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe hasn't opened a casino this summer as planned but gaming is still on the agenda.

Posted: July 20, 2018


'On the road to recovery': Sports betting raises concerns about addiction

An estimated 9 million Americans suffer from gambling addiction.

Posted: July 13, 2018


An expansion of gaming looms in South Dakota over tribal concerns

Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex, are betting they can gather the necessary signatures from South Dakota voters to place the issue on the 2020 ballot.

Posted: June 6, 2018


Delaware becomes first state with sports betting after Supreme Court ruling

Delaware became the first state to offer sports betting after a andmark decision from the Supreme Court. Are tribes next?

Posted: June 6, 2018


Miccosukee Tribe 'disappointed' by ruling on taxation of gaming per caps

Citizens of the Miccosukee Tribe must pay taxes on their shares of gaming revenues, a federal appeals court ruled in a big ticket case.

Posted: June 5, 2018


Cronkite News: Media prepares for a new era with sports betting

The Supreme Court’s surprise sports betting decision not only raises questions about state legalization but also how the ruling will impact the creation and consumption of sports content.

Posted: May 30, 2018


Stateline: Problem gambling a concern as sports betting fever spreads

Oklahoma’s 128 tribal casinos host 46 million visits and rake in $4.5 billion a year – but there isn’t a single billboard in the state that tells problem gamblers where they can find help.

Posted: May 29, 2018


Connecticut governor seeks to negotiate sports betting with tribes

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe could be on the road to sports betting soon in Connecticut.

Posted: May 22, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gains local support for homelands legislation

After seeing some initial opposition, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has gained local support for a bill to protect its homelands in Massachusetts.

Posted: May 22, 2018


Tribes seek a seat at table as states look into sports betting

With a landmark Supreme Court decision on the books, tribes from California to Connecticut want to be at the table when it comes to sports betting.

Posted: May 21, 2018


Tribes continue to weigh impact of Supreme Court ruling on sports betting

Tribes are welcoming the opportunity to engage in sports betting following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Posted: May 18, 2018


Supreme Court opens the door for sports betting for states and for tribes

It's time to prepare for a new era as tribes and states enter the sports betting industry.

Posted: May 14, 2018


Pamunkey Tribe pushes for casino as Virginia opens door to new machines

Good timing, and some luck, may be on the side of the Pamunkey Tribe as it pursues a casino in Virginia.

Posted: May 7, 2018


Tribes and sovereignty still don't mix when it comes to labor laws

Efforts by Indian Country to assert sovereignty over labor laws are failing in the courts, not just in the halls of Congress.

Posted: May 4, 2018


Cronkite News: Supreme Court decision could open doors to legalized sports betting

At the end of a bar sits a man with a distinct 5 o’clock shadow. He is glued to a TV showing a meaningless NBA game featuring the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets.

Posted: May 2, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces local questions about homelands bill

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing support in the nation's capital for a bill to protect its homelands but the situation looks a little different back home.

Posted: April 24, 2018


Comanche Nation citizens warned of big hit from rival Chickasaw Nation casino

The Comanche Nation is expecting a 25 percent decline in revenues at one of its gaming facilities, and tribal citizens will feel the pain too.

Posted: April 23, 2018


Chickasaw Nation spends big on lobbying for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

The Chickasaw Nation already enjoys an exemption from federal labor law but has been spending big in order to help the rest of Indian Country.

Posted: April 17, 2018


Tribes still facing legal questions in bid for new casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe can't seem to catch a break when it comes to a new casino.

Posted: April 17, 2018


Senate places controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act on schedule

All eyes are on the Senate as the chamber takes up the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act for the first time.

Posted: April 16, 2018


Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo without action in Senate

Tribes are reportedly 'furious' with a key Democrat as the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo in the 115th Congress.

Posted: April 12, 2018


Lawmakers in Maine still don't want to help tribes with gaming efforts

Maine is staying in the dark ages when it comes to Indian gaming.

Posted: April 10, 2018


Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill being changed amid casino fears

A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria is being amended after fears were raised about a casino.

Posted: April 9, 2018


Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill raises fears of another casino

A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria is raising fears of a casino and questions about the tribe's legitimacy.

Posted: April 5, 2018


Mashantucket Tribe oversees another union election for casino workers

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is overseeing another election for casino workers who are interested in joining a labor union.

Posted: April 5, 2018


Hearing expected in Senate on Lytton Band homelands measure

A bill to place about 940 acres in trust for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians appears to be gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Posted: March 27, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes another bill to protect homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is gaining more support on Capitol Hill as it defends its homelands and gaming plans from litigation.

Posted: March 26, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bill to reaffirm status of homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is welcoming a new bill that reaffirms the trust status of its homelands in Massachusetts.

Posted: March 21, 2018


Bill authorizes ball and dice games at tribal casinos in Oklahoma

The addition of ball and dice games at tribal casinos could mean more revenues for the state of Oklahoma.

Posted: March 15, 2018


Rep. Cole seeks to add Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to funding bill

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) is hoping to add the controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to a must-pass spending bill.

Posted: March 12, 2018


Tribes still planning to start work on delayed casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are almost ready to start initial work on a long-delayed casino in Connecticut.

Posted: February 28, 2018


National Congress of American Indians praises win in homelands case

The National Congress of American Indians is congratulating the Gun Lake Tribe for its victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted: February 27, 2018


Gun Lake Tribe welcomes victory as Supreme Court puts end to homelands lawsuit

The leader of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is hailing a decision from the nation's highest court as a victory for all of Indian Country.

Posted: February 27, 2018


Supreme Court sides with Indian Country in long-running homelands case

In a victory for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has confirmed that Congress can protect tribal homelands from litigation.

Posted: February 27, 2018


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe backs bill in Congress to restore gaming rights

Amid a court fight with the state of Texas, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is supporting a bill to restore its gaming rights.

Posted: February 26, 2018


Maine lawmaker seeks court ruling to help tribes with casino plans

Maine Rep. Henry John Bear, a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, wants to know whether tribes in the state can operate casinos just like most others.

Posted: February 20, 2018


Bill affirms Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Tigua Tribe gaming rights

A bill introduced in the U.S. Congress affirms that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo can engage in gaming on their homelands in Texas.

Posted: February 15, 2018


Tribes looking for more support to pass controversial sovereignty bill

Tribes are not quite there when it comes to a controversial bill that recognizes their sovereignty over labor unions. An anticipated vote has been delayed on Capitol Hill.

Posted: February 14, 2018


Tribes object to proposal for non-Indian casino in South Dakota

A proposed non-Indian casino in South Dakota is drawing opposition from tribes in two states.

Posted: January 31, 2018


Chumash Tribe reaffirms prohibition on gaming at land-into-trust site

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has no plans for gaming at its land-into-trust site in California, Chairman Kenneth Kahn confirmed.

Posted: January 25, 2018


Tribes in Connecticut support passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are among the many pushing for passage of a bill that exempts tribes from federal labor laws.

Posted: January 24, 2018


Union slams Democrats who supported Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

A prominent labor union plans to punish Democrats who voted for a bill that exempts tribes and their enterprises from federal labor law.

Posted: January 23, 2018


Vote anticipated in February on bill with Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

A final vote on a bill to exempt tribal casinos from federal labor law is expected in February, around the same time tribal leaders are in Washington, D.C.

Posted: January 22, 2018


Republican sponsor of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act benefits from gaming interests

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) has received more than $163,000 in donations from Indian gaming interests since 2015

Posted: January 12, 2018


Supreme Court takes up sports betting case whose outcome could impact tribes

The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling in a sports betting case and the outcome could impact tribal rights.

Posted: December 4, 2017


Lawmakers easily approve tribal land bill as Supreme Court weighs major case

A bill to protect the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its gaming enterprise from litigation is moving forward in Congress while the U.S. Supreme Court determines whether the approach is legal.

Posted: November 13, 2017


Gun Lake Tribe draws in more allies as Supreme Court considers casino case

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is seeing widespread support as it defends its casino in a closely-watched U.S. Supreme Court case.

Posted: September 25, 2017


Connecticut tribes see another win as court refuses to rehear casino challenge

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe have scored another win in their bid to open a new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: September 11, 2017


Gaming group promotes tribal interests in Supreme Court sports betting case

Tribal sovereignty is being hindered by a long-running ban on sports betting, the American Gaming Association is telling the nation's highest court.

Posted: September 5, 2017


Indian Country warms up to legislation to repeal federal ban on sports betting

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey), who has been an ally to tribes on economic development, health care and other initiatives, is drafting a bill to open the door to sports betting.

Posted: August 21, 2017


National Indian Gaming Association clarifies position on sports betting coalition

The National Indian Gaming Association has joined a coalition whose goal is to repeal a ban on sports betting but doesn't actually support sports betting at this point.

Posted: August 8, 2017


National Indian Gaming Association backs effort to legalize sports betting

The National Indian Gaming Association is supporting efforts to legalize sports betting in order to ensure tribal concerns are addressed.

Posted: August 1, 2017


Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate

Could 2017 finally be the year for the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act?

Posted: July 25, 2017


Connecticut tribes sign new gaming agreements to account for new casino

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are another step closer to opening a new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: July 20, 2017


Tribes in Michigan express concerns about internet gambling legislation

Writing for Online Poker Report, Dave Palermo offers an extensive look at an online gaming bill that has drawn concerns of tribes in Michigan.

Posted: July 13, 2017


Tribes celebrate as governor in Connecticut signs new casino bill into law

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are now authorized to build a $400 million gaming facility in Connecticut.

Posted: June 28, 2017


Tribes in Connecticut waiting on governor to sign bill for new casino

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe hope to open a new casino before the end of 2018 in order to address competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Posted: June 23, 2017


Connecticut tribes welcome court decision favoring new casino law

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are praising a federal court decision in favor of a law that paved the way for their new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: June 22, 2017


Connecticut tribes heap praise on senior Trump administration official

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe believe a letter from the Department of the Interior helped them get over the finish line for their proposed casino.

Posted: June 14, 2017


Connecticut tribes hope to break ground on new casino in the fall

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are hoping to open their jointly-operated facility before the end of 2018.

Posted: June 9, 2017


Lawmakers in Connecticut approve bill for tribal gaming facility

It looks like a third casino, to be operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe, is coming to Connecticut.

Posted: June 7, 2017


Tribes face deadline in bid for new gaming facility in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are running out of time in their bid for a new gaming facility they say will protect jobs and revenues.

Posted: June 1, 2017


Open Secrets: Indian gaming battles make for well-fed lobbyists

Spending on lobbying by gaming tribes hit a record high of more than $26.5 million in 2015, the same year that tribal gaming revenues experienced their highest growth in recent years.

Posted: June 1, 2017


Schaghticoke Tribal Nation threatens another lawsuit over casino

Plans over a new casino in Connecticut continue to face legal and political challenges.

Posted: May 31, 2017


Tribes clear legislative hurdle in bid for new casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe see the facility as a way to keep jobs and revenue in the state.

Posted: May 24, 2017


Tohono O'odham Nation secures victory in long-running gaming dispute

A highly-charged gaming dispute that set off a litigation, legislation and lobbying frenzy is finally coming to an end.

Posted: May 17, 2017


Gun Lake Tribe opens doors to $76M expansion of gaming facility

The Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan, is now nearly double in size.

Posted: May 3, 2017


Gun Lake Tribe eager to defend casino in Supreme Court challenge

The nation's highest court has agreed to review a federal law that shields the Michigan tribe's casino from litigation.

Posted: May 2, 2017


Supreme Court brings bad news to tribes by taking up land case

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians has been hoping to leave the legal drama behind but the nation's highest court won't let that happen.

Posted: May 1, 2017


Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda

Tribal leaders called on Congress to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country.

Posted: March 30, 2017


North Dakota Republican keeps pushing bill for non-Indian casinos

Tribal leaders and Democrats say the proposal is punishment for opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Posted: March 21, 2017


Connecticut tribes see movement on bill to authorize new casino

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are hoping to address growing competition for gaming dollars.

Posted: March 16, 2017


National Indian Gaming Association backs Obamacare provision

Gaming industry groups want Congress to preserve a provision that designates gambling disorders as a public health matter.

Posted: March 8, 2017


Bill to approve non-Indian casinos in North Dakota called 'racist'

Some Democrats believe Republicans are trying to punish tribes for standing up to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Posted: March 2, 2017


California tribes celebrate anniversary of Supreme Court decision

The Cabazon Band and the Morongo Band secured a ruling that confirmed their sovereign right to engage in gaming.

Posted: March 1, 2017


Connecticut tribes finally settle on location for 3rd potential casino

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe want to convert a vacant movie theater in East Windsor into a $300 million gaming facility.

Posted: February 27, 2017


Trump team gets more time in Supreme Court tribal casino case

The Gun Lake Tribe is already operating a successful casino in Michigan but a non-Indian man won't drop his long-running lawsuit.

Posted: February 27, 2017


Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), whose top staffer is a tribal citizen, thinks the bill can finally become law.

Posted: February 14, 2017


Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again

Some Democrats on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs objected to a bill that shields tribes and their casinos from federal labor law.

Posted: February 8, 2017


Eastern Cherokees start loan program based on casino per caps

Hundreds of tribal citizens lined up to apply for zero percent loans that will be repaid with their share of gaming revenues.

Posted: November 9, 2016


Grand Ronde Tribes drop legal challenge to Cowlitz Tribe casino

Grande Ronde leaders have changed their mind and won't try to prevent a fellow tribe from joining the Indian gaming industry.

Posted: October 31, 2016


Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year

Tribes have been seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Posted: October 18, 2016


Eastern Cherokee gaming board member removed after dispute

Angela Kephart blamed Chief Patrick Lambert for cutting her term short.

Posted: October 5, 2016


Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities

Three tribes that operate some of the largest casinos in the state have adopted the Tribal Labor Relations Ordinance.

Posted: September 26, 2016


Pauma Band is finally getting $36.3M payment in gaming dispute

The tribe is owed the money after being forced into signing a bad deal with the state of California.

Posted: September 12, 2016


Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work

Tribes have seen seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Posted: September 8, 2016


Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bills in conflict on gaming rights

The Senate version ensures the North Carolina tribe can open casinos on trust lands while the House version bars gaming.

Posted: September 6, 2016


Pauma Band gets closer to seeing $36.3M payment in gaming case

A bill to pay the tribe for its victory in a lawsuit has been sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his signature.

Posted: September 1, 2016


Tribes remain divided as internet poker bill fails again in California

A so-called 'bad actors' provision was controversial among politically-prominent tribes.

Posted: September 1, 2016


Poarch Creeks won't see Class III gaming after lottery effort fails in Alabama

A bill to put a lottery on the November ballot died after lawmakers raised concerns about the tribe's gaming rights.

Posted: August 26, 2016


Referendum to expand gaming in Nebraska fails to qualify for ballot

State authorities rejected a significant number of signatures submitted by a group backed by the Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation.

Posted: August 11, 2016


Poarch Creeks keep eye on lottery that could lead to Class III gaming

Alabama could finally get a lottery and the tribe could finally get a Class III gaming compact.

Posted: August 5, 2016


Navajo Nation lawmakers approve bill for travel plaza at casino

Plans call for a gas station and convenience store at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Posted: July 21, 2016