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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


Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval to restore more homelands

The Trump administration is facing fire for its tribal homelands decisions but not everything coming out of Washington looks bad for Indian Country.

Posted: September 11, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe solidifying plans for long-awaited casino

With the Chickasaw Nation as a partner, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is looking at a $12 million investment in its first casino.

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


Ponca Tribe begins hiring employees for long-awaited casino

The Ponca Tribe will be hiring about 100 employees to work at the Prairie Flower Casino in Iowa.

Posted: September 5, 2018


Ponca Tribe honors 'sacrifices our people made' with gaming project

The Prairie Flower Casino is named in honor of a daughter of Ponca Chief Standing Bear.

Posted: August 27, 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


Bay Mills Indian Community awaits decision on disputed casino

More than four years after securing victory at the nation's highest court, the Bay Mills Indian Community is waiting for a crucial decision.

Posted: August 22, 2018


'It's monumental for me': Mechoopda Tribe wins local support for casino

After nearly two decades of battles, the Mechoopda Tribe has finally won local support for its long-delayed casino in California.

Posted: August 15, 2018


Santa Ysabel Band loses decision in online bingo betting dispute

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has hit a dead end with its short-lived online gaming business.

Posted: August 13, 2018


Mechoopda Tribe makes progress on long-delayed gaming project

The Mechoopda Tribe has signed a Class III gaming compact with the state of California and could gain some unexpected support for the agreement.

Posted: August 13, 2018


Federal gaming agency takes action on once controversial regulations

More than a decade after the courts took action, the National Indian Gaming Commission is suspending regulations that were once the subject of considerable controversy.

Posted: August 10, 2018


President Trump's nominee loves beating tribal interests in court

An attorney who has defeated tribes in a slew of precedent-setting cases could see his influence spread across Indian Country.

Posted: August 9, 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


Ponca Tribe negotiates casino agreement as construction and litigation continues

The Ponca Tribe is being welcomed by the host of its casino but other neighbors are resorting to litigation.

Posted: July 19, 2018


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe secures victory over state in tax dispute

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has once again emerged victorious in a taxation dispute in South Dakota.

Posted: July 17, 2018


Enterprise Rancheria eyes 'Hard Rock Sacramento' after tribal homelands victory

The iconic Hard Rock brand could soon be coming to California's capital city thanks to a partnership between tribal nations.

Posted: July 2, 2018


'Justice has finally prevailed': Shingle Springs Band vindicated in gaming case

It took a decade but the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is welcoming the end of a long-running lawsuit.

Posted: June 28, 2018


Shingle Springs Band prevails in long-running gaming contract dispute

A decade-old dispute between the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and a former gaming partner is finally over.

Posted: June 25, 2018


Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes report mixed slot machine revenues

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes saw mixed results in slot machine revenues as they get ready to break ground on a new development.

Posted: June 19, 2018


Tribes plan to break ground on long-awaited casino in Connecticut

Despite being kept in the dark by the Trump administration, the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes plan to open a new casino in 2020.

Posted: June 14, 2018


Ponca Tribe marches toward sovereignty with long-awaited gaming project

Chief Standing Bear’s people, who took the long walk home to Nebraska 139 years ago, are continuing their march toward sovereignty and self-sufficiency.

Posted: June 13, 2018


Trump administration still mum on gaming agreement for Mashantucket Tribe

The Trump administration has yet to take action on a gaming agreement for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and lawmakers want to know why.

Posted: June 13, 2018


Sault Tribe faces doubts about long-stalled off-reservation casino

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians might be looking elsewhere for gaming opportunities thanks to the Trump administration.

Posted: June 13, 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


Trump administration reverses course on tribal gaming agreement in Connecticut

After keeping the Mohegan Tribe in the dark for 10 months, the Trump team has finally spoken.

Posted: June 4, 2018


Gaming companies threatened for doing business with Pueblo of Pojoaque

When it comes to Indian gaming, the state of New Mexico has found that threats and strong arming pay off.

Posted: June 4, 2018


Choctaw Nation weighs options after being held liable for deaths of casino patrons

The Choctaw Nation might be taking a casino bus accident case to a higher court in Texas after losing a major ruling.

Posted: June 4, 2018


Ponca Tribe faces familiar opponent in long-running quest for casino

The state of Nebraska is still trying to stop the Ponca Tribe from opening a casino on trust land in Iowa.

Posted: May 31, 2018


Choctaw Nation loses big as state court upholds $9.3 million judgment

The Choctaw Nation is responsible for an accident that claimed the lives of two casino patrons, an appeals court in Texas ruled.

Posted: May 31, 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


Oneida Nation already lining up sports betting after Supreme Court ruling

Well that was fast. The Oneida Nation plans to offer sports betting in the 'near future' on its homelands in New York.

Posted: May 15, 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


Cabazon Band pays tribute to the late John James, 'Father of Native American Gaming'

John James, a former chairman of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and a driving force in the Indian gaming industry, passed away on April 21. He was 87.

Posted: May 14, 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


Yet another federal appeals court backs restoration of tribal homelands

The winning streak continues for Indian Country with yet another federal appeals court decision in favor of tribal homelands.

Posted: May 2, 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


Tribes with casinos just a couple of miles apart step up their food game

The Kalispel Tribe and the Spokane Tribe are competing for gamblers' dollars and their taste buds too.

Posted: April 26, 2018


Lawmakers from Connecticut prompted probe into handling of tribal agreements

Will the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe finally get some answers from the Trump administration?

Posted: April 25, 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


Tribes welcome probe into Trump administration's handling of gaming agreements

The Trump administration is facing yet another internal investigation, this one over gaming agreements for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

Posted: April 23, 2018


Mechoopda Tribe: 'Enough is enough' as appeals court rules in homelands case

The Mechoopda Tribe is still willing to sit down with local opponents to discuss plans for a long-delayed casino in northern California.

Posted: April 20, 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


Mechoopda Tribe looks forward to casino after securing victory in court

The Mechoopda Tribe plans to move forward with a long-delayed casino but opponents don't seem willing to accept defeat.

Posted: April 17, 2018


Buena Vista Rancheria hits another milestone after win in homelands case

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is on track to a brighter future after securing victory in a long-running tribal homelands case.

Posted: April 16, 2018


Mechoopda Tribe scores victory in long-running fight over homelands

The court victories keep coming for tribes seeking to restore their homelands even as the Trump administration seeks to erect more hurdles for Indian Country.

Posted: April 13, 2018


Guidiville Band off-reservation casino officially dead with settlement

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians has officially dropped plans for an off-reservation casino in northern California.

Posted: April 13, 2018


North Fork Rancheria secures confirmation of win in homelands case

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has scored another win in a long-running fight to restore its homelands in California.

Posted: April 11, 2018


Trump administration hit for keeping two tribes in Connecticut in the dark

Blankets and an honor song didn't work. What will it take to see action from the Trump administration?

Posted: April 6, 2018


Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino workers prevail in wrongful death case

Three Tunica-Biloxi gaming employees have prevailed in a long-running wrongful death case that was impacted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Posted: March 28, 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


Ponca Tribe facing faith-based opposition to long delayed casino

As it pursues a long-delayed casino in Iowa, the Ponca Tribe is facing opposition from a faith-based group in Nebraska.

Posted: March 26, 2018


Pueblo of Pojoaque loses $10 million in gaming revenues in dispute

The Pueblo of Pojoaque is crying foul after attorneys from the Trump administration seized more than $10.1 million in gaming revenues.

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


Texas Tribune: So why do I have to go to other states to gamble?

In most cases, it’s illegal to gamble or place a bet in Texas. But there are some exceptions.

Posted: March 20, 2018


Cowlitz Tribe kept paying casino employee even after she left job

The Cowlitz Tribe is suing a former casino employee to recover $13,672.01 in mistaken wages,

Posted: March 12, 2018


Buena Vista Rancheria secures financing for casino after legal victory

The Buena Vista Rancheria is moving forward with a long-delayed casino in California, but at a high cost.

Posted: March 7, 2018


Tribes finally start demolition at site of delayed casino in Connecticut

Amid delays attributed to the Trump administration, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe finally started demolition work for their new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: March 6, 2018


Ponca Tribe 'always open to talk' about contested gaming project

The Ponca Tribe continues to work on plans for a controversial casino in Iowa amid a lawsuit in federal court.

Posted: March 5, 2018


Wilton Rancheria wins court decision in favor of long-awaited casino

A federal judge has sided with the Wilton Rancheria, rejecting a challenge to the tribe's long-awaited casino project in northern California.

Posted: March 1, 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


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe waits for Trump team's decision on casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still doesn't know when the Trump administration will make a decision on its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: February 22, 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


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits Trump team's decision on casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still waiting for the Trump administration to make a decision on its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: February 8, 2018


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe vows fight to protect casino after loss in court

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is already pursuing an appeal after a federal judge said the tribe's gaming facility in Texas was illegal.

Posted: February 7, 2018


Trump team appears willing to delay tribal casino deal in Connecticut indefinitely

The Trump administration is advancing a curious argument as it battles the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe over plans for a new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: February 6, 2018


Shakopee Tribe won't be sued by promoter of failed casino venue

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community won't be facing a lawsuit in connection with a failed entertainment venue at its casino in Minnesota.

Posted: February 6, 2018


Bishop Paiute Tribe casino expansion dispute lands back in court

The Bishop Paiute Tribe continues to push for an expansion of its casino in California amid legal questions raised by citizens who oppose the $30 million project.

Posted: February 5, 2018


Stockbridge-Munsee Band loses lawsuit over rival casino project

The Stockbridge-Munsee Community is planning an appeal after a judge tossed the tribe's lawsuit against a rival casino in Wisconsin.

Posted: February 2, 2018


Tribes ready to start initial work on delayed casino in Connecticut

Initial work is slated to begin on a long-delayed and controversial tribally-owned casino in Connecticut.

Posted: February 2, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe makes layoffs as gaming project stalls

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has laid off employees and closed its gaming agency amid uncertainty surrounding its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: January 30, 2018


Tribes falling behind on schedule for controversial casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe remain committed to a new casino in Connecticut despite falling behind on their schedule.

Posted: January 17, 2018


'Enough is enough!' -- Yet another tribe scores big victory in homelands case

Indian Country continues to rack up victories when it comes to the restoration of tribal homelands.

Posted: January 12, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe moves forward with Class II gaming facility

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe won't be using a community center for a new casino but gaming plans are still moving forward in Massachusetts.

Posted: January 11, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe hails win in long-running sovereignty case

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is once again calling for talks in Massachusetts after securing victory in a long-running sovereignty case.

Posted: January 10, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe scores big win in long-running sovereignty case

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will finally be able to open a gaming facility after the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a long-running sovereignty dispute.

Posted: January 8, 2018


Ponca Tribe faces roadblock with lawsuit challenging restoration of homelands

The descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear are once again facing opposition to plans for a casino on their restored homelands.

Posted: December 15, 2017


Gun Lake Tribe surpasses $100 million mark in gaming revenues shared in Michigan

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, surpassed a major gaming milestone in Michigan.

Posted: December 11, 2017


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as Supreme Court delays action in sovereignty dispute

While the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered good news to one tribe and its homelands, another must wait longer for an answer.

Posted: December 11, 2017


Supreme Court brings good news to Quapaw Tribe in restoration of homelands case

The U.S. Supreme Court has brought some good news to the Quapaw Tribe, whose casino expansion plans have been held up the state of Kansas.

Posted: December 11, 2017


Tohono O'odham Nation celebrates start of work on $400 million permanent casino

The Tohono O'odham Nation is celebrating another major gaming milestone in Arizona.

Posted: December 8, 2017


Tribes turn tables on non-Indian company intent on derailing new gaming facility

Connecticut is getting 'played' by a non-Indian gaming company, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe say.

Posted: December 7, 2017


Kirsten Matoy Carlson: Trump team actually does something right for tribal lands

The Trump team is under fire for adding more hurdles to the cumbersome land-into-trust process and advancing other controversial policies that go against tribal interests. But maybe the new administration just needs more encouragement to do the right thing, professor...

Posted: December 7, 2017


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


Tribes sue Trump administration for dragging feet on revised gaming agreements

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe, along with the state of Connecticut, are suing the Trump administration for failing to take action on their gaming agreements.

Posted: November 30, 2017


Another appeals court decision backs restoration of tribal homelands in California

Despite doubts voiced by a senior Trump administration official, tribes continue to score legal victories as they restore their homelands.

Posted: November 29, 2017


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe awaits answer from Supreme Court in sovereignty case

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is hoping to move forward with a casino on its reservation, so long as the Supreme Court turns back opponents in Massachusetts.

Posted: November 28, 2017


Ponca Tribe faces challenge to casino as city in Iowa moves forward with lawsuit

The descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear are facing a legal challenge to plans for a casino in Iowa.

Posted: November 28, 2017


Tohono O'odham Nation starts work on expansion of once controversial casino

The Tohono O'odham Nation is investing $400 million in a major expansion of the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort in Glendale, Arizona.

Posted: November 27, 2017


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe calls Trump team for help on eve of Thanksgiving

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Trump credited the Wampanoag people with helping the Pilgrims survive. The tribe wants the favor returned.

Posted: November 22, 2017


Comanche Nation sees setback in effort to stop new Chickasaw Nation casino

The Comanche Nation has been dealt a setback in its effort to stop the Chickasaw Nation from opening another casino in Oklahoma.

Posted: November 15, 2017


Ponca Tribe secures victory in long-running battle over restoration of homelands

A nearly decade-long battle for the descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear may be nearing the finish line after the tribe's gaming plans again won federal approval.

Posted: November 15, 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


Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation accused of negligence for death at casino

The casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is the target of a lawsuit after patron died there last year.

Posted: November 9, 2017


Supreme Court hears arguments in long-running Gun Lake Tribe homeland case

The U.S. Supreme Court finally heard arguments in its first, and so far only, Indian law case of the term and one member boiled the dispute down to a seemingly simple question.

Posted: November 7, 2017


Ho-Chunk Nation unveils $41 million casino expansion following victory in court

Though a hotel is still under construction, the Ho-Chunk Nation is welcoming visitors to a $41 million expansion of its gaming facility in Wittenberg, Wisconsin.

Posted: November 2, 2017