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Judge holds hearing in gaming rights lawsuit in Massachusetts (12/18)

A federal judge heard from the state of Massachusetts, two tribes, a town government, a taxpayer group and a non-Indian developer during a hearing into a gaming rights lawsuit on Monday. H.3702 authorized three casinos...

United Auburn Indian Community also sues to stop new casino (12/18)

The United Auburn Indian Community filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Enterprise Rancheria from opening an off-reservation casino. The Auburn Community says the new development will draw revenues from the Thunder Valley Casino. The...

Cachil Dehe Band files suit to halt Enterprise Rancheria casino (12/17)

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians, also known as the Colusa Indian Community, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday in hopes of stopping the Enterprise Rancheria from opening an off-reservation casino. The...

Poarch Band says Muscogee Nation casino lawsuit lacks merit (12/13)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama says a lawsuit filed by the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma is without merit. The Poarch Band is spending $246 million to expand the Wind Creek Wetumpka. The...

Judge to hear from parties in Massachusetts gaming law case (12/13)

A court hearing on Monday looks to be a busy affair as a federal judge sorts out a gaming dispute in Massachusetts. K.G. Urban Enterprises, a non-Indian developer, sued the state in order to compete...

Muscogee Nation cites Carcieri in Poarch Creek casino lawsuit (12/12)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit in federal court today aimed at preventing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama from operating a casino on a sacred site. The Muscogee Nation is...

Town objects to gaming rights for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (12/12)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is facing opposition to its bid to join a gaming lawsuit in Massachusetts. H.3702 authorized three casinos in the state, including one for "a federally recognized tribe." But the Aquinnah have...

State calls Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino the 'first option' (12/06)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) says the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe should be the "first option" for a casino in the southeastern region of the state. H.3702 authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state....

Judge backs Ho-Chunk Nation in electronic poker game dispute (12/06)

A federal judge said an arbitrator went too far in ordering the Ho-Chunk Nation to stop offering electronic poker games. The arbitrator said the tribe violated state and federal law by offering the games. But...

Michigan asks Supreme Court to hear Bay Mills gaming lawsuit (12/03)

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an Indian gaming lawsuit involving the Bay Mills Indian Community. The state sued the tribe for opening an casino on a recently...

BIA asked to help with dispute over Creek casino at sacred site (12/03)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being asked to help resolve a dispute between the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama. The Muscogee Nation is upset over the...

2nd Circuit won't reconsider Shinnecock Nation casino dispute (11/29)

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday voted against reconsidering a casino dispute involving the Shinnecock Nation of New York. Prior to gaining federal recognition, the tribe started building a casino on a parcel...

Supreme Court won't hear suit over Miccosukee Tribe casino (11/26)

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a petition in Furry v. Miccosukee Tribe, a case involving the Miccosukee Tribe's casino. Tatiana Furry, a non-Indian patron, was reportedly drinking heavily at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming...

Tribes aim to influence vote in off-reservation gaming dispute (11/20)

The Tohono O'odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community spent $235,000 to influence voters in Glendale, Arizona. The Tohono O'odham Nation plans to build a casino near Glendale. The tribe spent $70,000 on city...

8th Circuit hears Fond du Lac Band gaming agreement lawsuit (11/14)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Tuesday in City of Duluth vs. Fond Du Lac Band of Chippewa, a gaming agreement case. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa...

Soo Tribe waits to submit land-into-trust application for casino (11/14)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is waiting on the resolution of a lawsuit before submitting a land-into-trust application for an off-reservation casino in Michigan. The tribe recently acquired land in downtown...

Sault Tribe asks court to dismiss lawsuit against casino project (11/13)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking its proposed off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe recently acquired a site in...

Nooksack Tribe enters settlement with banks on casino loans (10/29)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington has reached a settlement over $39 million in casino loans, The Bellingham Herald reports. The tribe owes the money to various banks but claimed the loan agreements weren't enforceable because...

Sault Tribe still working on land deal for off-reservation casino (10/18)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians faces a November 1 deadline to acquire land for an off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe, the city and developers have been working on a deal...

Litigation over Cowlitz Tribe's casino land application drags on (10/17)

Litigation over the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino is reaching the two year mark, The Columbian reports. There have been no major hearings or decisions in the case, which was filed in January 2011 after the...

Miccosukee Tribe loses decision in casino per capita tax case (10/16)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida can't assert sovereign immunity over records related to gaming per capita payments, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday. The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the tribe to...

Kialegee Tribal Town wants 10th Circuit to rule in gaming case (10/10)

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a gaming case. The tribe wants to open the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment. But Judge Gregory...

Obama administration supports Cowlitz Tribe's gaming project (10/09)

The Obama administration reaffirmed its support for the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino in Washington. In a motion filed in court last Friday, government attorneys said the Cowlitz can follow the land-into-trust process even though the...

Santa Ysabel Band won't pursue appeal over casino bankruptcy (10/05)

The Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians in California won't pursue an appeal in its casino bankruptcy case, a spokesperson said. In September, Judge Peter W. Bowie ruled that the Santa Ysabel Casino isn't eligible...

City spends $3.2M in losing case over Tohono O'odham casino (09/27)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, has spent $3.2 million losing a lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. And the city plans to spend even more money. The council voted to continue the litigation...

Law Article: Santa Ysabel Band can't seek bankruptcy at casino (09/26)

"Under the unique and somewhat unclear legal landscape in which tribal casinos operate, many tribes have wielded the threat of sovereign immunity or have rested on the leverage inherent in the limited remedy-enforcement options available...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confident of casino land-into-trust (09/25)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is confident its land-into-trust application will survive the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. The decision restricts the land-into-trust process to tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction"...

City weighs next step in Tohono O'odham Nation casino battle (09/25)

The city council in Glendale, Arizona, will decide whether to continue fighting the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino in the courts. The tribe plans to open the West Valley Resort on 135 acres of newly...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe calls for dismissal of casino lawsuit (09/24)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges H.3702, the state's gaming law. The tribe is not a party to the lawsuit. But it says the...

Dave Palermo: Off-reservation casinos cloud land-into-trust fix (09/24)

"The devastating impact recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have had on the ability of the federal government to place land in trust for American Indian tribes was again the focus of a congressional hearing earlier...

State asks court to wait for BIA answer on Wampanoag pact (09/21)

The state of Massachusetts is asking a federal judge to wait for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on a Class III gaming compact for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The compact was...

Tohono O'odham Nation wins another decision in casino quest (09/20)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona appears to be on a winning streak as it pursues a controversial casino. The tribe plans to open the West Valley Resort on 135 acres of newly acquired land....

Non-Indian developer pitches plan for casino in Massachusetts (09/20)

K.G. Urban Enterprises, a non-Indian developer, is pitching plans for a casino in Massachusetts amid its lawsuit that challenges the tribal provisions in H.3702, the state's gaming law. The company says it will invest...

Group seeks to intervene in Massachusetts gaming law case (09/19)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts isn't the only one trying to join a lawsuit that challenges H.3702, the state's gaming law. The tribe filed a motion to intervene, claiming it has a right to...

Graton Rancheria gaming opponents to file federal lawsuit (09/14)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California plan to file a lawsuit in federal court aimed at blocking the tribe's casino. The tribe started construction of the facility after the Bureau of...

California off-reservation casino opponents weigh lawsuits (09/14)

Opponents of two off-reservation casinos in California are considering lawsuits, The Fresno Bee reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) approved casinos for the Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. Opponents might challenge...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe argues for a casino under IGRA (09/13)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts says it's entitled to a casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The tribe says IGRA supersedes its land claim settlement act, which subjects the reservation to state jurisdiction....

Litigation continues over Cowlitz Tribe casino land decision (09/13)

A lawsuit that aims to stop the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington from opening a casino continues in federal court. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's land-into-trust application in 2010. The decision came after...

Opponents weigh appeal in Tohono O'odham casino land suit (09/12)

Opponents of the Tohono O'odham Nation will consider their next steps after losing a major decision in their fight against an off-reservation casino. The city of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community sued the...

9th Circuit backs Tohono O'odham Nation land-into-trust bid (09/11)

The Tohono O'odham Nation is getting closer to its goal of opening an off-reservation casino in Arizona thanks to a decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The tribe acquired a total of 135...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe faces opposition in gaming case (09/11)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is facing opposition in its bid to join a lawsuit that challenges H.3702, the Massachusetts gaming law. The state and K.G. Urban Enterprises, a non-Indian developer, will likely oppose the tribe's...

Michigan sues Sault Tribe to block off-reservation casino plan (09/11)

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed suit against the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in hopes of stopping an off-reservation casino. The tribe has yet to secure land for the $245 million casino...

Law Article: Santa Ysabel Band can't claim casino bankruptcy (09/10)

"In the case of In re Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California heard arguments on September 4, 2012, as to whether the alleged debtor, a tribal casino,...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe seeks to intervene in gaming suit (09/10)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is seeking to join a lawsuit that challenges H.3702, the Massachusetts gaming law. The law reserves a casino in southeastern Massachusetts for "a federally recognized tribe." But state officials have locked...

11th Circuit supports Seminole Tribe in business dispute at casino (09/07)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida can't be sued by a former tenant at one of its casinos, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month. The tribe waived its sovereign immunity in a 10-year...

North Fork Rancheria to share revenue at off-reservation casino (09/07)

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians will share revenues from its off-reservation casino with two other tribes, including one that is threatening litigation against the project. The North Fork Rancheria agreed to pay up...

Law Article: Santa Ysabel Band casino not eligible for bankruptcy (09/07)

"In the case of In re Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California heard arguments on September 4, 2012, as to whether the alleged debtor, a tribal casino,...

Michigan court won't place non-Indian gaming question on ballot (09/06)

A proposal to authorize eight non-Indian casinos in Michigan won't appear on the November ballot. The Michigan Supreme Court refused to place the question before voters. The decision appears to put an end to the...

Judge dismisses Santa Ysabel Band's casino bankruptcy petition (09/06)

It looks like the Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians in California won't be able to protect its casino under federal bankruptcy law. The Santa Ysabel Casino filed for bankruptcy, citing more than $50 million...

Judge rules against Eastern Cherokees in gaming land dispute (09/05)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina might not be able to open a gaming facility on land that belonged to a tribal member. The tribal council voted to seize a 205-acre property...

Cherokee Nation sues DOI over United Keetoowah Band casino (08/31)

The Cherokee Nation is suing the Obama administration for putting land into trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee Nation claims sole jurisdiction over a "treaty territory" that includes the site...

Law: Tribal immunity doesn't protect casino insurance company (08/30)

"Case name: Waltrip v. Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, No. 109030 (Okla. 06/26/12). Ruling: The Oklahoma Supreme Court held that a supervisor's workers' compensation claim against an Indian tribe and its insurer was reinstated against...

DOI couldn't find documents for Cowlitz Tribe gaming decision (08/30)

A federal judge is giving the Obama administration more time to review a gaming decision for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington after learning that the Interior Department couldn't find some documents. The documents were submitted...

Proposal to expand non-Indian gaming still off Michigan ballot (08/28)

A proposal to authorize eight non-Indian casinos remains off the November ballot in Michigan. In a decision last Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court seemingly paved the way for the question to appear on the ballot....

City to spend more money in Fond du Lac Band casino dispute (08/28)

The city council in Duluth, Minnesota, voted to spend another $250,000 to continue a gaming dispute with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. The city has already spent more than $1...

Debate continues over gaming expansion efforts in Michigan (08/23)

Michigan is home to more than two dozen casinos and more could be on the way if some tribes and some non-Indian developers have their way. The Bay Mills Indian Community opened an off-reservation casino...

Santa Ysabel Band defends bankruptcy protection for casino (08/23)

The Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians in California is defending its decision to seek bankruptcy protection for its casino. The tribe says the Santa Ysabel Casino qualifies for bankruptcy as an unincorporated company. The...

Cherokee Nation to file lawsuit for UKB gaming land decision (08/23)

The Cherokee Nation is going straight to federal court to dispute a decision that allows the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians to keep its casino open. Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree previously said...

Bay Mills Indian Community hails off-reservation casino ruling (08/16)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan welcomed a ruling favoring its off-reservation casino but didn't say whether it plans to reopen the disputed facility. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday lifted an...

6th Circuit lifts injunction over Bay Mills off-reservation casino (08/15)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan can reopen its off-reservation casino thanks to a ruling today from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge ordered the tribe to close the facility in...

Michigan court blocks gaming expansion bid opposed by tribes (08/15)

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Tuesday blocked a gaming expansion question from appearing on the November ballot. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Saginaw Chippewa...

Muscogee Nation threatens lawsuit over Poarch Creek casino (08/14)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma is threatening legal action to stop the Poarch Creek Band of Indians from building a $246 million casino. The Wind Creek Wetumpka is located on Poarch Creek trust land in...

County to sue St. Regis Mohawk Tribe for loss in gaming funds (08/10)

Officials in St. Lawrence County have hired a law firm in anticipation of suing the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the state of New York for $3 million in gaming revenues. The tribe has been...

Opponents of Graton Rancheria dispute old gaming agreement (08/08)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California are raising a new challenge as part of a lawsuit in state court. In 2003, the tribe signed a agreement with the city of Rohnert...

Seneca Nation not worried about off-reservation casino lawsuit (08/08)

The Seneca Nation is confident of the legality of its off-reservation casino in downtown Buffalo, New York, President Robert Odawi Porter said. The tribe broke ground on a $130 million permanent home for the Seneca...

Judge dismisses state claims in Wyandotte Nation casino case (08/06)

A federal judge dismissed the state of Kansas from the Wyandotte Nation gaming lawsuit. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to approve a land-into-trust application for 10.5 acres in Park City....

1st Circuit revives challenge over tribal provisions in gaming law (08/02)

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday revived a lawsuit that challenges the tribal provisions of H.3702, the Massachusetts gaming law. The law authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state. The facility...

Kialegee Tribal Town considers appeal over disputed gaming site (08/02)

The Kialegee Tribal Town might appeal a decision that bars gaming on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma, an attorney said. Judge Gregory Frizzell blocked the Red Clay Casino after determining that the tribe lacked jurisdiction...

Miccosukee Tribe challenges IRS request for gaming documents (08/01)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is accusing the Internal Revenue Service of harassment in an ongoing dispute over gaming per capita payments. The IRS claims tribal members haven't paid taxes on their per caps. So...

Cherokee Nation disputes United Keetoowah Band casino ruling (08/01)

As expected, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will fight a decision that allows the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians to keep its casino open. In a decision on Monday, the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Judge won't reconsider ruling to bar Kialegee Tribal Town casino (07/31)

A federal judge says he won't reconsider a decision that bars the Kialegee Tribal Town from operating a casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma. Judge Gregory Frizzell blocked the Red Clay Casino after a...

United Keetoowah Band celebrates BIA approval of casino land (07/31)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma won last-minute approval on Monday to keep its casino open. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a land-into-trust application for two acres covering the Keetoowah Cherokee...

United Keetoowah Band still confident of decision on casino site (07/30)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is confident the Obama administration will keep its disputed casino open. The tribe agreed to close the Keetoowah Cherokee Casino today unless the Bureau of Indian...

United Keetoowah Band prepares to shutter casino on July 30 (07/27)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is prepared to close its casino at midnight on July 30. The tribe agreed to the deadline as part of a settlement with the state. Only...

Narragansett Tribe to discuss casino referendum with governor (07/26)

The Narragansett Tribe and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) plan to meet to discuss a gaming referendum that's due to appear on the November ballot. The ballot asks voters to allow table games at...

Judge issues written order against Kialegee Tribal Town's casino (07/23)

A federal judge issued a written decision on Friday barring the Kialegee Tribal Town from operating a casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma. Judge Gregory Frizzell determined that the tribe waived its sovereign immunity...

United Keetoowah Band confident of BIA decision on casino land (07/23)

The clock is ticking on the casino owned by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. As part of a settlement with the state, the tribe agreed to close the Keetoowah Cherokee Casino...

Wisconsin sues Ho-Chunk Nation over electronic poker games (07/18)

The state of Wisconsin is suing the Ho-Chunk Nation in hopes of stopping the tribe from offering electronic poker games. The tribe installed eight poker machines at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, a Class II facility. A...

Judge concludes Kialegee Tribal Town didn't violate casino order (07/11)

A federal judge said the Kialegee Tribal Town hasn't violated a court order that bars gaming at an Indian allotment in Oklahoma. The tribe suspended construction of the Red Clay Casino after the order was...

United Keetoowah Band faces deadline on disputed gaming site (07/11)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians faces a big deadline to keep its casino open. Under a settlement with the state, the tribe agreed to close the Keetoowah Cherokee Casino on July 30 if...

Supreme Court appeal planned in Miccosukee Tribe casino case (07/10)

The family of a non-Indian woman who was allegedly over-served alcohol at the casino owned by the Micosukee Tribe plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tatiana Furry was reportedly drinking heavily at the...

It's tribe against tribe for some off-reservation gaming projects (07/10)

States and non-Indians have been behind two big land-into-trust disputes -- Salazar v. Patchak and Carcieri v. Salazar -- but tribes are also fighting one another in the off-reservation gaming battle. In Washington, the Spokane...

Poarch Creeks question attempts to impose local taxes on casinos (07/09)

Gaming has been good to the Poarch Creek Band of Indians and officials in Escambia County, Alabama, want a piece of the action. The county isn't seeking a share of casino revenues though. Instead, officials...

Narragansett Tribe to continue lawsuit against gaming proposals (07/06)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island will continue to fight ballot proposals to expand non-Indian gaming even though Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas acknowledged further appeals will most like be an "exercise in futility." The tribe...

Cowlitz Tribe awaits trial on opposition to casino land acquisition (07/06)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington waited 26 years for federal recognition and 10 more for approval of its land-into-trust application. The tribe has to wait even longer to open a casino because the record of...

Judge wants brief on Wyandotte Nation casino and Patchak ruling (07/05)

A federal judge wants to know whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak affects the proposed Wyandotte Nation casino in Kansas. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to...

11th Circuit supports Miccosukee Tribe in casino dram shop action (07/02)

The Micosukee Tribe of Florida can't be sued for allegedly over-serving alcohol to a casino patron, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. Tatiana Furry, a non-Indian, was reportedly drinking heavily at the...

Mayor cites Kialegee casino in going after Indian fireworks stand (06/29)

The mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent authorities to a fireworks stand on an Indian allotment, claiming he wants to avoid disputes like the one over the Kialegee Tribal Town casino. The city lacks jurisdiction over...

Court affirms Osage Nation's immunity in casino insurance case (06/29)

The Osage Nation can't be sued in state court by a casino employee due to sovereign immunity, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. An employee of the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino fell and...

County sues DOI for approving Ione Band casino land acquisition (06/29)

Amador County in California is suing the Obama administration in hopes of blocking the Ione Band of Miwok Indians from opening a casino. Among other arguments, the county says the tribe wasn't "under federal jurisdiction"...

Eastern Band denies wrongdoing on casino per capita trust fund (06/28)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is being sued in tribal court over its handling of a casino per capita trust fund. Since 1995, every tribal member has received a share of...

Turtle Talk: Ironies of the Supreme Court's land-into-trust ruling (06/27)

"Here are some interesting ironies of the reasoning and outcome in Patchak. First, the prudential standing of David Patchak to sue the federal government to protect the rural character of his community (and related objections)...

Patron sued Coeur d'Alene Tribe over alleged fall at casino hotel (06/26)

An elderly woman who allegedly fell at the casino owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho saw her lawsuit dismissed due to sovereign immunity. Dorothy Tollett, 80, said she tripped over a bedspread that...

Rep. Sullivan denies link between gaming battle and judge's son (06/26)

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), center, with his Washington, D.C., interns. Ben Frizzell, the son of Judge Gregory Frizzell, is on the far right. Photo from Sullivan's Facebook page. Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) said there's...

Catawba Nation continues bid for gaming facility on reservation (06/26)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina will continue to “push hard” for a casino on its reservation, Chief Bill Harris told The Rock Hill Herald. The tribe reached a land claim settlement in 1993. The...

Shinnecock Nation urges gaming talks after 2nd Circuit decision (06/26)

The Shinnecock Nation urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to come to the table for gaming talks after a decision from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. The decision lifted an...

2nd Circuit lifts injunction in old Shinnecock Nation gaming case (06/25)

An injunction that prevented the Shinnecock Nation of New York from building a casino on ancestral land was lifted by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today. Prior to gaining federal recognition, the tribe started...

Federal judge's son interns for lawmaker fighting Kialegee casino (06/25)

The son of the federal judge who barred the Kialegee Tribal Town from engaging in gaming on an Indian allotment is now working for Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), who has been fighting the casino. Ben...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes ready for more litigation (06/25)

With one lawsuit already on the docket, a non-Indian gaming developer is prepared for more litigation to stop the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from building a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes...

State tries to stop use of Kialegee casino site for fireworks stand (06/22)

A federal judge has barred the Kialegee Tribal Town from engaging in gaming on an Indian allotment but the state of Oklahoma is now trying to prevent the land from being used for a fireworks...

IPR: Supreme Court decision seen as setback for Indian Country (06/22)

"A decision this week by the U.S. Supreme Court is seen as a setback for Indian tribes. The case involves the Gun Lake Tribe and its casino near Grand Rapids. A neighbor is suing saying...

Supreme Court ruling not seen to affect Graton Rancheria casino (06/21)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak likely won't affect the casino for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Fitch Ratings said in a corrected press release. The tribe was restored to federal...

NIGC rejects Kialegee Tribal Town's jurisdiction over gaming site (06/21)

The National Indian Gaming Commission is maintaining its position that the Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma doesn't have jurisdiction over an Indian allotment. The allotment is owned by two Muscogee sisters who were recently made...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe confident of casino land-into-trust (06/20)

The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts doesn't think its casino project will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak. The tribe has submitted a land-into-trust application to...

Graton Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court decision (06/20)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria believe the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will help their cause. The Stop the Casino 101 Coalition sued to block the Bureau of Indian...

Supreme Court decision seen as hindrance for casino financing (06/20)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will have an effect on financing for tribal casinos, according to Fitch Ratings. The decision allows just about anyone to challenge a land-into-trust application. Historically, lawsuits...

Non-Indian behind Gun Lake casino challenge applauds decision (06/19)

The non-Indian behind the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak is ready to prove his case in court, an attorney said. David Patchak sued the Interior Department for approving a land-into-trust application for...

Poarch Creeks say Supreme Court decision won't affect casinos (06/19)

The Poarch Creek Band of Indians in Alabama says a new decision from the U.S. Supreme Court won't affect its casinos. In Salazar v. Patchak, the justices ruled that the Interior Department can be sued...

Turtle Talk: Commentary on Supreme Court land-into-trust case (06/19)

"First, the SG lost yet another case while acting as tribal trustee. The trust responsibility is in real trouble, despite the Court’s surprising affirmation of Ramah. The Supreme Court does not appear to defer in...

Gun Lake Tribe: Business as usual despite Supreme Court ruling (06/18)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, said operations at its casino in Michigan will continue as normal despite a negative decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices...

Poarch Creeks question decision by ZZ Top to cancel casino show (06/18)

The Poarch Creek Band of Indians in Alabama is questioning why ZZ Top canceled a show at the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel at the last minute. The band cited safety concerns in canceling just...

Supreme Court rules DOI can be sued over Gun Lake casino land (06/18)

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling today in Salazar v. Patchak, a gaming land case. By an 8-1 vote, the justices ruled that the Interior Department can be sued for approving a land-into-trust application...

Cherokee Nation ready to fight UKB casino land-into-trust ruling (06/15)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is getting ready for a potential decision affecting the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians casino. The Cherokees say they will fight the Bureau of Indian Affairs if it approves...

County wants meeting with Poarch Creeks amid casino dispute (06/12)

Officials in Escambia County, Alabama, want to meet with the Poarch Creek Band of Indians after demanding the tribe pay millions of dollars in taxes on its gaming facilities. Some county officials claims the casinos...

Payment dispute on $43.7M expansion at Umatilla Tribe casino (06/08)

A subcontractor is preparing to sue the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and non-Indian parties over a $43.7 million casino expansion project. The tribe hired JE Dunn Construction to perform the work on...

The Tribal Independent: Turtle Mountain Band opens new casino (06/08)

The following article was written and reported by Delvin Cree. All content © The Tribal Independent, an alternative on-line news source for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. TRENTON NORTH DAKOTA -- Despite an injunction...

BIA avoids Carcieri in dispute about Poarch Creek gaming sites (06/07)

Casinos owned by the Poarch Creek Band of Indians are on trust land, the Bureau of Indian Affairs confirmed in a short letter. The tribe gained federal recognition in 1984. Its reservation was proclaimed the...

Lawsuit threatened over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino site (06/06)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is already facing the threat of litigation for its proposed casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The tribe plans a $500 million facility on a 145-acre site in the city. An attorney, however,...

BIA faces July 6 deadline for Graton Rancheria gaming compact (06/05)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has until July 6 to review a Class III gaming compact for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports. The deadline comes amid a lawsuit that...

Kialegee Tribal Town planning to use gaming site as a sports bar (05/31)

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma wants to use its disputed gaming site for a new business. The tribe was building the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment. A federal judge blocked further construction...

Fond du Lac Band wins another round in gaming feud with city (05/24)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has won another round of litigation in its gaming dispute with Duluth, Minnesota. The tribe filed a land-into-trust application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Big Lagoon Rancheria set to open gaming facility on reservation (05/23)

The Big Lagoon Rancheria will open a casino on its reservation in northern California, according to a press release. The tribe signed a deal with Atlantis Internet Group Corp. to offer linked gaming with other...

Editorial: Kialegee Tribal Town loses big gamble with casino bid (05/22)

"The Kialegee Tribal Town lost its gamble - temporarily - to muscle into the oversaturated Indian casino business by throwing up a building in Broken Arrow near schools and neighborhoods. The audacious move was -...

Opposition group files lawsuit to stop Graton Rancheria casino (05/22)

A group called the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking a casino for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The group is suing California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in state...

Couple sues Miccosukee Tribe for failing to pay gambling taxes (05/22)

A non-Indian couple is suing the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida for allegedly failing to remit taxes on their gambling winnings. John Ricone and Francys Tolon-Ricone won about $5,500 during two trips to the Miccosukee Resort...

Judge blocks Kialegee Tribal Town from opening disputed casino (05/21)

The Kialegee Tribal Town can't open a casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The tribe lacks jurisdiction over the allotment, Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled. The land is owned...

City weighs options in gaming dispute with Fond du Lac Band (05/17)

The city of Duluth, Minnesota, is weighing its options after the Obama administration canceled a gaming deal with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Since 1994, the city has received 19...

Hearing continues into Kialegee Tribal Town's gaming project (05/17)

Testimony continues today in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma According to news reports, the state called Oklahoma University professor Gary Anderson to the stand on Wednesday. He testified that...

County officials pushing for taxes from Poarch Creek casinos (05/16)

Officials in Escambia County, Alabama, say the Poarch Creek Band of Indians owes taxes on its gaming facilities. The county is citing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, which restricts the land-into-trust...

Judge opens hearing on Kialegee Tribal Town's casino project (05/16)

A federal judge is opening a hearing today in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma from opening a casino. But Tiger Hobia, the tribe's leader, won't be required to testify,...

Judge to hold hearing on Kialegee Tribal Town casino project (05/14)

A federal judge will hold a hearing on Wednesday in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma from opening a casino. The tribe already started work on the Red Clay Casino....

Santa Ysabel Band seeks settlement in gaming funds dispute (05/11)

The Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians wants to settle a dispute over $3 million in gaming revenues owed to San Diego County, California. Chairman Virgil Perez said the tribe has offered to make a...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe ready for lawsuit on casino plan (05/07)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is prepared to sue the state to assert its gaming rights, an attorney said. One lawsuit would determine the tribe's rights under H.3702, the state's gaming law. Another would accuse Gov....

City defends Poarch Creeks amid dispute over gaming lands (05/02)

Closing casinos owed by the Poarch Creek Band of Indians would have a devastating impact in Atmore, Alabama, the mayor said. The tribe has brought jobs and revenue to the city, Mayor Howard Shell said....

Kialagee Tribal Town due back in court over plans for casino (05/02)

A federal judge is due to hear arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma from building a casino. Last week, Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled that Indian Gaming Regulatory Act...

Public siding with Poarch Creeks in dispute over gaming lands (04/30)

Keep your hands off the casinos owned by Poarch Creek Band of Indians, members of the public in Escambia County in Alabama say. County officials are demanding taxes from the tribe under the U.S. Supreme...

Federal judge says IGRA abrogated tribal sovereign immunity (04/30)

Congress has waived tribal sovereign immunity through the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Judge Gregory Frizzell said IGRA allows states or tribes to file lawsuits in federal court over Class...

SCOTUSBlog: Seeking middle ground in Gun Lake casino case (04/27)

"On Tuesday, April 24, the Court heard arguments in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, consolidated with Salazar v. Patchak. The case presents the question whether a landowner affected by the building of an...

County calls tax on Poarch Creek casinos 'non-negotiable' (04/26)

The Poarch Creek Band of Indians will pay taxes on its casinos, a top official from Escambia County in Alabama insisted. The tribe already pays $100,000 to the county. But officials say the U.S. Supreme...

Supreme Court debates challenge to Gun Lake casino land (04/25)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Salazar v. Patchak, a gaming land case, on Tuesday. The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, opened a casino in February...

Catawba Nation promises appeal after judge blocks casino (04/25)

The Catawba Nation can't open a casino on its reservation, a judge in South Carolina ruled on Tuesday. The state's Gambling Cruise Act of 2005 authorized off-shore casino boats. The tribe argued that it is...

Turtle Talk: Commentary on Supreme Court oral arguments (04/25)

"The first remarkable point about today’s argument is that Justice Scalia appeared to come to the rescue of counsel for Patchak four times , and by the end of Respondent’s time was virtually arguing the...

Narragansett Tribe challenges two gaming ballot questions (04/24)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is challenging two ballot questions that will expand non-Indian gaming in the state. One question allows the Twin River slot parlor to operate as a full casino. The second...

Santa Ysabel Band owes $3M to county under gaming deal (04/24)

The Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians has apparently failed to pay $3 million it owes to San Diego County, California. The tribe agreed to make payments to offset the impacts of the Santa Ysabel...

Supreme Court to hear Gun Lake Tribe gaming land dispute (04/24)

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of the oral arguments. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Salazar v. Patchak, a gaming land case, this morning. David Patchak, a non-Indian, sued...

Lawmaker urges county to question Poarch Creek casinos (04/23)

A state lawmaker who worked for an anti-gaming governor is behind an Alabama county's campaign to question the status of lands held in trust for the Poarch Creek Band of Indians. Sen. Bryan Taylor (R)...

SCOTUSBlog: Supreme Court to hear gaming land dispute (04/23)

"On Tuesday, April 24, the Court will hear arguments in a case challenging the federal government’s decision to put into trust land purchased by an Indian Tribe in Michigan, in order to facilitate the Tribe’s...

Fond du Lac Band back in court over casino agreement (04/20)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the city of Duluth, Minnesota, were back in court over a disputed gaming agreement. The tribe and the city first entered into an agreement...

Eastern Cherokee teens sue over casino per capita trust (04/18)

Minors of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina are suing the tribe over their casino per capita payments. Since 1995, every tribal member has received a share of gaming revenues. The tribe...

Litigation anticipated over tribal casino in Massachusetts (04/17)

Gaming experts expect litigation over plans for a tribal casino in Massachusetts. H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes three casinos in the state. Region C -- southeastern Massachusetts -- is reserved for "a federally recognized...

9th Circuit hears dispute on Tohono O'odham gaming site (04/17)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation gaming lawsuit on Monday. The tribe acquired 135 acres near Glendale, Arizona, in connection with a land claim settlement. The Bureau of Indian...

9th Circuit takes up Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case (04/16)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing the Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case this morning. Arguments take place in San Francisco, California, according to the court's calendar. The parties in the controversial dispute include...

Kansas allowed to join Wyandotte Nation gaming lawsuit (04/13)

A federal magistrate has allowed the state of Kansas to join the Wyandotte Nation off-reservation lawsuit. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to approve a land-into-trust application in Kansas. The state,...

Blog: Update on suit against Seneca off-reservation casino (04/11)

"Citizens for a Better Buffalo remains opposed to a Buffalo casino and is challenging its legality. Dianne Bennett, president of Citizens for a Better Buffalo (CBB), provides an update on the lawsuit. What is the...

Opponents plan to file lawsuit against Graton casino project (04/06)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California plan to file as many as two lawsuits in hopes of stopping the tribe from building a casino in Sonoma County. Stop the 101 Casino...

6th Circuit asked to reschedule hearing for Bay Mills casino (04/04)

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to reschedule arguments in the Bay Mills Indian Community off-reservation casino case. Last week, the court scheduled a hearing on May 31. But Michigan Assistant Attorney...

Judge needs more time to rule in Catawba Nation casino suit (04/03)

A judge in South Carolina said he needed time to rule in the Catawba Nation gaming lawsuit. The state's Gambling Cruise Act of 2005 authorized off-shore casino boats. The tribe believes it's entitled to the...

Editorial: Tough call on Mashantucket slot machine tax case (04/03)

"Like a poker player who has wagered a stack of chips on a hand only to have an opponent draw a pair of aces, the town of Ledyard has a tough call on its long,...

Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux gaming suit keeps on turning (04/02)

The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Charles Colombe Dana Hanna RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA –– An 11-year-old legal case that originated...

Mashantucket Tribe wins suit over taxation of slot machines (03/30)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation doesn't have to pay taxes on slot machines it leases from non-Indian vendors, a federal judge ruled this week. The tribe filed suit after the town of Ledyard sought to...

Anti-casino group submits brief in Supreme Court land case (03/30)

An anti-gaming group with a spotty record has submitted a brief in a land-into-trust case that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next month. The court will hear Salazar v. Patchak on April 24. At...

Kialegee Tribal Town raises immunity defense in casino suit (03/26)

The Kialegee Tribal Town says sovereign immunity requires the dismissal of an anti-gaming lawsuit filed by Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt. The tribe says its has not waived its immunity through its corporation charter or...

Kickapoo Tribe's court dismisses gaming termination lawsuit (03/22)

Two former gaming regulators for the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas saw their lawsuit dismissed last week. Fred Thomas and Nancy Bear were terminated from their positions on the Kickapoo Gaming Commission in July 2008. The...

Kialegee Tribal Town objects to brief from casino opponents (03/22)

The Kialegee Tribal Town says casino opponents shouldn't be allowed to submit a brief in a gaming lawsuit filed by Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt. The tribe says the state can adequately represent the interests...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Muscogee Nation casino (03/19)

A gambling addict cannot sue the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma for his losses, a federal judge ruled. Eddie Santana first filed suit in state court. The tribe had the case removed to federal court. Santana...

Judge schedules May 2 hearing in Kialegee casino lawsuit (03/19)

A federal judge has scheduled a May 2 hearing in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town from opening a casino in Oklahoma. State attorney general Scott Pruitt filed the lawsuit against tribal...

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Seneca Nation casino (03/14)

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the Seneca Nation off-reservation casino in Buffalo, New York. Daniel Warren challenged the constitutionality of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the tribe's Class III gaming...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe faces doubts over gaming plan (03/12)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has jumped into the casino game in Massachusetts but legal issues could derail its plans. The tribe gained federal recognition through an act of Congress. The law subjects the reservation to...

Tribes seeking casinos face questions about land-into-trust (03/07)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is placing clouds over Indian gaming, tribal leaders were told on Tuesday. Only tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934 can follow the land-into-trust process,...

Native Sun News: Former Rosebud leader seeks day in court (03/02)

The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Rosebud Sioux tribal rancher and businessman Charles Colombe has been in litigation with tribal administration...

State seeks names of Kialegee officials as part of gaming case (03/01)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is trying to find the officials of the Kialegee Tribal Town in order to serve them with a gaming lawsuit. Pruitt is trying to stop the tribe from building the...

State seeks dismissal of Narragansett Tribe gaming lawsuit (02/28)

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is seeking to dismiss a gaming lawsuit filed by the Narragansett Tribe. The tribe wants to block a gaming referendum from appearing on the November ballot. The referendum...

Judge rules against Shingle Springs Band in casino dispute (02/27)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians of California has been ordered to pay $30 million to a former gaming partner but the judgement is being stayed while the tribe pursues an appeal. The tribe...

South Carolina says casino boats not within state borders (02/24)

The state of South Carolina is making what appears to be an unusual argument in the Catawba Nation gaming lawsuit. The Gambling Cruise Act of 2005 authorized off-shore casino boats. The tribe believes it's entitled...

Redding Rancheria loses litigation over casino application (02/24)

The Redding Rancheria of California won't be able to open a second casino under a federal judge's ruling that was issued last week. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 bars gaming on newly acquired...

Developer appeals ruling in Massachusetts gaming lawsuit (02/23)

K.G. Urban Enterprises will continue to fight tribal provisions in H.3702, the Massachusetts gaming law. On February 16, a federal judge upheld the constitutionality of the law, which reserves one casino for "a federally recognized...

San Pasqual Band sued Viejas Band over casino campaign (02/22)

The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians sued the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians last year over a casino ad campaign, UT San Diego reports. The San Pasqual Band offers an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet at...

Catawba Nation delays plans for casino on the reservation (02/22)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina is delaying plans for a casino on its reservation, The Rock Hill Herald reports. The tribe said it was ready to open a gaming facility as early as this...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community appeals casino bond ruling (02/21)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin is fighting a $20.3 million judgment in a casino bond dispute. The tribe failed to make timely payments to Wells Fargo, Judge William C. Griesbach ruled last month. The...

Tohono O'odham Nation casino argument will be a busy affair (02/16)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case on April 16 and it looks like it's going to be a busy affair. The parties include the tribe, the Bureau...

Off-reservation casino offers gains to Fond du Lac economy (02/15)

Off-reservation gaming has been beneficial for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota. Thanks to the Fond-du-Luth Casino in Duluth, the tribe has pumped a half a billion dollars into...

Law enforcement ready for Catawba Nation gaming facility (02/15)

State and local law enforcement in South Carolina are preparing for an anticipated Catawba Nation. The tribe plans to open some sort of gaming facility on the reservation by February 23, the same day of...

9th Circuit sets oral argument in Tohono O'odham casino suit (02/14)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case on April 16, according to a hearing notice. The city of Glendale, Arizona, and the Gila River Indian Community are suing...

Gaming firm presses for action in feud with Pojoaque Pueblo (02/14)

A gaming management firm is accusing Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico of ignoring an order from its own court. In December, Judge June Lorenzo ruled that the tribe didn't follow its gaming regulations when it...

Echo Hawk says BIA is still reviewing Kialegee casino project (02/14)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to review the Kialegee Tribal Town casino, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk said in a letter to two lawmakers who are upset about the project. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)...

Catawba Nation heads to court for casino on the reservation (02/14)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina is asking a judge for permission to open a temporary casino on the reservation. Last month, the tribe sued the state to clarify its gaming rights. At issue is...

Miccosukee Tribe puts dollar figure on per capita back taxes (02/13)

Members of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida owe about $25.8 million for failing to pay taxes on gaming per capita payments, The Miami Herald reports. The amount is based on figures that were provided in...

Oklahoma attorney general files suit to stop Kialegee casino (02/09)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a lawsuit in federal court in hopes of stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town from building a casino. The complaint names King Tiger Hobia, tribal council members, a development group...

Editorial: Lawsuit can help resolve fight over Kialegee casino (02/09)

"At a minimum, a lawsuit by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt against the Kialegee Tribal Town, over its right to build a casino near the Creek Expressway in Broken Arrow, frames the federal issues and...

Massachusetts defends tribal provisions in new gaming law (02/01)

A federal judge heard arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging tribal provisions in the Massachusetts gaming law. H.3702 authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state. The casino in Region C -- southeastern...

Editorial: City wastes money on tribal slot machine tax case (01/30)

"Six years ago the tribe and Atlantic City Coin & Slot Service sued Ledyard to block these taxes, claiming such municipal action disregards well-established principles of federal Indian law and interferes with the tribe's gaming...

Republican lawmakers vow to kill Catawba Nation casino bid (01/27)

Republican lawmakers say they will stop the Catawba Nation from opening a casino on the reservation. Under its land claim settlement, the tribe follows the state's gaming laws. As a result, the tribe was forced...

Catawba Nation proposes big gaming facility on reservation (01/26)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina is planning to open a large gaming facility on the reservation. Plans call for a 220,000 square-foot facility, plus two hotels and retail outlets. Construction would begin next year...

Q&A: Matthew Fletcher on Supreme Court casino land case (01/25)

"The U.S. Supreme Court will decide during its 2012 session whether the federal government properly took into trust land in Michigan's Allegan County for the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi to build a casino. The...

Catawba Nation sues state for gaming rights on reservation (01/25)

The Catawba Nation is suing the state of South Carolina over gaming. The Gambling Cruise Act of 2005 authorizes slot machines on ships off the South Carolina coast. The tribe says it should be allowed...

Decision awaited in taxation of tribe's leased slot machines (01/24)

A federal judge could rule soon on a lawsuit affecting the taxation of slot machines leased by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, The New London Day reports. The town of Ledyard claims it can tax...

Another tribe opposed to off-reservation casino in Michigan (01/24)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans for an off-reservation casino on Monday, drawing opposition from other Michigan tribes. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians...

Fond du Lac leader criticizes city's plan to open a new casino (01/20)

The leader of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians says the city of Duluth, Minnesota, has a double standard on gaming. The tribe wants to expand the Fond-du-Luth Casino by adding...

Fond du Lac Band expects more jobs with casino expansion (01/18)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians wants to expand its off-reservation casino in Duluth, Minnesota. The tribe has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to add an adjacent property to the...

Fond du Lac Band seeks to grow off-reservation gaming site (01/17)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is seeking to expand its off-reservation gaming site in Duluth, Minnesota. The tribe recently filed a land-into-trust application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The...

Judge rules Santa Ysabel Band owes $3M under gaming deal (01/16)

A federal judge has ordered the Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians to pay $3 million under its gaming agreement with San Diego County, California. The tribe agreed to make payments to offset the impact...

Lawsuit seeks information from Connecticut casino officials (01/13)

A Connecticut man is trying to subpoena officials from two tribal casinos as part of a negligence lawsuit. Edmund Davis believes officials from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe have information about...

Supreme Court won't hear Tigua Tribe appeal in gaming fight (01/10)

The Tigua Tribe will have to face up to contempt charges in its long-running gaming dispute with the state of Texas. Last June, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a contempt order issued against...

Supreme Court declines Omaha Tribe casino agreement case (01/10)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a casino contract dispute affecting the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The tribe entered into 11 contracts with StoreVisions, a non-Indian company, to perform work on a...

City weighs legal action over Seneca Nation casino revenue (01/10)

The city of Niagara Falls, New York, is considering legal action to regain its share of Seneca Nation gaming revenues. The tribe has withheld more than $350 million after accusing the state of allowing an...

Mayor again threatens to shut down Fond du Lac Band casino (01/06)

Mayor Don Ness in Duluth, Minnesota, is again threatening to shut down the casino owned by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Ness said the tribe has violated a 1994 agreement...

Pojoaque Pueblo to raise immunity defense in gaming deal suit (01/05)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico hasn't waived its sovereign immunity, the tribe's top attorney said in response to a lawsuit filed by a former gaming partner. The tribe is being sued in federal court by...

Pojoaque Pueblo faces lawsuit in federal court for gaming deal (01/04)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico is being sued in federal court over a gaming agreement with a consulting company. The tribe's court ruled that the tribe illegally terminated the agreement with The Fine Point Group....

GGB: Gary Pitchlynn fighting for gaming rights of tribal clients (01/03)

"Tribal attorney Gary Pitchlynn has spent most of his career helping Indians find equal footing in the casino industry. The self-described “half-breed” (his father was Choctaw) was among the first to take on the National...
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