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Employees love working at the National Indian Gaming Commission

The independent federal agency that oversees the $32 billion tribal casino industry is one of the best places to work in government.

Posted: November 5, 2018

A symbol of sovereignty: Ponca Tribe comes full circle with Prairie Flower

The descendants of Chief Standing Bear are celebrating the debut of a long-awaited casino on their homelands.

Posted: November 1, 2018

Muscogee (Creek) Nation moves foward with charges in criminal case

A dispute over gaming on Indian allotments in Oklahoma has spawned a messy mix of litigation in tribal and federal court.

Posted: October 3, 2018

Report confirms continued growth in Indian gaming industry

The latest issue of Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report is out, showing 3.9 percent growth in tribal revenues.

Posted: October 3, 2018

Wilton Rancheria moves forward with gaming management agreement

The Wilton Rancheria is working with a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming on a long-awaited casino in California.

Posted: September 13, 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

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

Pokagon Band announces poker room after favorable opinion from federal regulators

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will open a poker room at its casino in Indiana in time for the Labor Day holiday.

Posted: July 10, 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

Tribes see another year of growth as gaming revenues hit $32.4 billion

Thirty years after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes continue to make gains.

Posted: June 26, 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

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

National Indian Gaming Commission plans major announcement on June 26

How's the tribal casino industry doing? Federal officials will tell you later in June.

Posted: June 5, 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

National Indian Gaming Commission in transition in the Trump era

The National Indian Gaming Commission is undergoing major change as its chairman, a remnant of the Obama era, departs for pastures unknown.

Posted: May 8, 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

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians halts charitable bingo

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is addressing concerns about its gaming operations in North Dakota.

Posted: March 14, 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

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

National Indian Gaming Commission finalizes new rule for tribal fees

The National Indian Gaming Commission has finalized a new rule that should make it easier on tribes when paying fees, Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri said.

Posted: January 22, 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

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

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation clashes with state over 'bingo' machines

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the state of Connecticut are in a disagreement over the status of new 'bingo' machines.

Posted: November 21, 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

Ponca Tribe seeks to rejoin Indian gaming industry with new facility in Oklahoma

Details are scarce but the Ponca Tribe is looking to rejoin the Indian gaming industry after shutting down previous facilities in Oklahoma.

Posted: October 25, 2017

Kansas asks Supreme Court to overturn ruling in Quapaw Tribe homeland case

The state of Kansas is trying to keep the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its casino with a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted: October 10, 2017

Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs heads back to Capitol Hill for gaming hearing

The senior-most political official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is back on Capitol Hill to testify at a hearing about the tribal gaming industry.

Posted: October 2, 2017

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tribal gaming industry

It's that time again -- the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding an oversight hearing on the tribal gaming industry.

Posted: September 25, 2017

Shingle Springs Band wins reversal of $30 million judgment in gaming dispute

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians doesn't owe $30 million to a former gaming partner, an appeals court in California ruled.

Posted: September 18, 2017

Nooksack Tribe reopens casino after reaching settlement with gaming agency

The Nooksack Tribe is back in the gaming business after a three-month shutdown imposed by the federal government.

Posted: September 11, 2017

Appeals court schedules hearing in long-running Mechoopda Tribe gaming case

A federal appeals court is hearing arguments next month in a long-running lawsuit that has kept the Mechoopda Tribe has from opening a casino on ancestral territory in California.

Posted: August 11, 2017

Kialegee Tribal Town warned not to engage in gaming on allotment in Oklahoma

The Kialegee Tribal Town is firing back at the National Indian Gaming Commission after the federal agency's top attorney questioned plans for a casino.

Posted: August 11, 2017

Tribes leave $7.2 billion impact on economy in Oklahoma thanks to Indian gaming

Oklahoma is home to more Indian gaming facilities than any other state and the industry shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted: August 8, 2017

Arizona sees second consecutive quarter of growth in tribal gaming revenue

For the quarter ending June 30, tribal revenues were up 4.8 percent, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming.

Posted: August 3, 2017

Kialegee Tribal Town faces opposition to potential casino on allotment

The Kialegee Tribal Town isn't saying much about plans for a potential casino in Oklahoma but local officials and the Muscogee Nation are taking action.

Posted: August 2, 2017

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes see property once used as casino lot go up for sale

A property in Oklahoma that was once used as a casino parking lot has gone up for sale but the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes can't buy it.

Posted: July 31, 2017

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association details economic benefits of casinos

Tribal casinos employ in Oklahoma employ about 28,000 people and contribute to another 42,700 jobs in the state.

Posted: July 26, 2017

Kialegee Tribal Town confirms interest in gaming facility on allotment

The Kialegee Tribal Town is once again generating controversy with attempts to open a gaming facility in Oklahoma.

Posted: July 19, 2017

Kialegee Tribal Town aims to approve gaming at allotment in Oklahoma

It looks like the Kialegee Tribal Town is trying to get back into the casino game by asserting authority at an allotment in Oklahoma.

Posted: July 17, 2017

Nooksack Tribe accepting slot tickets while casino remains closed

The Nooksack Tribe has yet to comment publicly on the status of its shuttered casino in Washington.

Posted: June 22, 2017

Nooksack Tribe closes doors to casino after being hit with federal order

The Nooksack Tribe has been forced to close its casino in Washington amid a long-running disenrollment and leadership dispute.

Posted: June 19, 2017

Nooksack Tribe told to close casino amid leadership and citizenship feud

The National Indian Gaming Commission has ordered the Nooksack Tribe to close its casino in Washington.

Posted: June 16, 2017

Harold Monteau: Sovereignty at risk with Nooksack Tribe dispute

A former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission is calling for the closure of the Nooksack Tribe's casino in Washington.

Posted: June 6, 2017

National Indian Gaming Commission sets fees for tribal casinos

The federal agency that regulates the tribal casino industry is entirely funded by fees imposed on tribes with gaming facilities.

Posted: June 5, 2017

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes lose access to parking lot at casino

The owner of the lot next to the Lucky Star Casino in Clinton, Oklahoma, barricaded his property after the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes stopped paying him to lease the land.

Posted: June 5, 2017

Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project

Meanwhile, the National Indian Gaming Commission appears to be looking into the company that is behind the effort.

Posted: May 23, 2017

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes oust casino executives due to fraud

The tribe's former gaming director arranged an unusual deal that appeared to benefit him financially.

Posted: May 2, 2017

Chukchansi Tribe sued for $21M by gaming development company

The tribe reopened its casino in California after a lengthy shutdown.

Posted: March 22, 2017

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends right to use land for gaming

A federal appeals court heard arguments in a dispute between the tribe and the state of Massachusetts.

Posted: December 7, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission announces 2017 consultation schedule

Uncertainty is in the air in Indian Country but consultation remains a vital part of the federal agency's efforts.

Posted: November 22, 2016

Firm cites 2009 National Indian Gaming Commission opinion in bid for daily fantasy sports

Atlantis Gaming Corporation now acknowledges that its daily fantasy sports system was not approved by the federal agency.

Posted: October 24, 2016

Pinoleville Pomo Nation stays quiet on long-delayed casino plan

The $50 million project in Ukiah, California, has been in limbo for nearly eight years.

Posted: October 21, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission refutes online gaming claim

The federal agency has not approved online gaming or daily fantasy sports for any entity, Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri said.

Posted: October 21, 2016

Residents worried about potential Class II facility on Indian allotment in Oklahoma

Steve Bruner, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, isn't ruling out gaming as he plans a dance hall and restaurant on his land.

Posted: October 19, 2016

Jamul Indian Village ready to open doors to long-awaited casino

The Hollywood Casino Jamul will be the closest tribal gaming facility to downtown San Diego, California.

Posted: October 5, 2016

Tlingit and Haida Tribes win federal approval of gaming ordinance

President Richard Peterson said Class III gaming is not on the table after an independent journalist speculated about the prospects.

Posted: August 26, 2016

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe sees state's opposition to Class II casino

The state of Texas has finally broken its silence on the Naskila Entertainment facility on the tribe's reservation.

Posted: August 1, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission reports strong growth in tribal industry

Tribes took in $29.9 billion in 2015, a 5 percent increase, and every region of Indian Country saw growth.

Posted: July 20, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission raises penalty amount to nearly $50K

Tribes, management companies and other parties doing business in the Indian gaming industry are facing higher penalties for violating federal law.

Posted: July 7, 2016

Big Sandy Rancheria remains optimistic on plan for second casino

The project has been in the works for more than a decade and would be much larger than the tribe's existing facility.

Posted: June 28, 2016

Fond du Lac Band wins approval of agreement to end casino battle

The city of Duluth, Minnesota, is dropping two court cases and withdrawing a land-into-trust appeal.

Posted: June 13, 2016

Jamul Indian Village sees favorable ruling on gaming ordinance

The $400 million Hollywood Casino Jamul in southern California is expected to open sometime this summer.

Posted: June 10, 2016

Tigua Tribe loses decision to offer Class II games on reservation

A federal judge has cast significant doubt on the Obama administration's interpretation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Posted: June 2, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission cites Seminole Nation again

The Oklahoma tribe was hit with yet another notice of violation, the latest in a string of enforcement actions that date to the late 1990s.

Posted: June 1, 2016

Supreme Court won't hear long-running Seneca Nation casino case

The tribe's gaming enterprise remains on solid legal ground now that the nation's highest court has put an end to the dispute.

Posted: May 31, 2016

Supreme Court delays review of Seneca Nation land case again

Without explanation, the justices have twice delayed consideration of a petition that questions the legality of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, New York.

Posted: May 23, 2016

Supreme Court takes up petition in Seneca Nation land case again

After delaying action on a petition filed by casino opponents, the justices are due to consider a case that questions the legality of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in New York.

Posted: May 18, 2016

Supreme Court delays action on Seneca Nation gaming land case

Without explanation, the justices delayed the consideration of a petition that questions whether the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is legal.

Posted: May 16, 2016

Supreme Court considers petition in Seneca Nation casino dispute

Opponents have been questioning the legality of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo, New York, for years.

Posted: May 11, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission selects first vice chair in years

Kathryn Isom-Clause, a member of Taos Pueblo, was selected for the post by her colleagues.

Posted: May 4, 2016

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe enters gaming agreement with Mohegan Tribe

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority will provide gaming, hospitality and entertainment consulting services to the Paragon Casino Resort.

Posted: April 28, 2016

Fond du Lac Band won't confirm plan for site adjacent to casino

The footprint of the Fond-du-Luth Casino in Duluth, Minnesota, is about to grow with approval of a land-into-trust application.

Posted: April 27, 2016

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe schedules job fair as casino debut nears

The highly-anticipated Naskila Entertainment facility will mark the return of gaming to the reservation in more than a decade.

Posted: April 18, 2016

Jamul Indian Village wins county approval for gaming agreement

The $400 million Hollywood Casino near San Diego, California, is due to open this summer.

Posted: April 14, 2016

Bureau of Indian Affairs still moves slowly on casino applications

Only 67 gaming acquisitions have been approved since the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law in 1988.

Posted: April 1, 2016

Seminole Nation develops plan to address issues raised by NIGC

The tribe hopes to avoid a notice of violation, closure order or additional fines, Chief Leonard Harjo said.

Posted: March 16, 2016

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaves casino operation to big firm

The Genting Group, a well-known player in the Indian gaming industry, will run the First Light Resort and Casino under a management contract.

Posted: March 16, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission finally gets its third member

The agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry is operating with a full slate for the first time in more than three years.

Posted: March 15, 2016

Jamul Indian Village still waiting for decision on gaming contract

The tribe plans to open a $390 million on its reservation in southern California in July with or without a federally-approved management contract.

Posted: March 14, 2016

Gabe Galanda: NIGC isn't doing anything about per capita abuses

Between 2010 and 2015, the NIGC failed to take a single enforcement action for improper gaming per capita payments, even though several tribes during that time were rather obviously abusing per caps to kick members off tribal rolls.

Posted: March 1, 2016

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe prepares to open casino in a few weeks

The 15,000 square-foot Naskila Entertainment facility will feature 365 Class II gaming machines and a restaurant.

Posted: February 29, 2016

Kialegee Tribal Town stays quiet as failed casino sits unfinished

The tribe started building the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but faced strong local opposition.

Posted: February 12, 2016

National Indian Gaming Commission slated to get a third member

Kathryn Isom-Clause, an attorney and member of Taos Pueblo, has been appointed to join the agency that regulates tribal casinos.

Posted: February 8, 2016

8th Circuit upholds NIGC fine in Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe case

A non-Indian gaming company that took too much money from the South Dakota tribe lost a fight over a $5 million fine.

Posted: February 2, 2016

Donald Trump once claimed IGRA and tribal casinos were illegal

The real estate mogul didn't win in court but that didn't stop him from attacking tribes and the Indian gaming industry.

Posted: January 29, 2016

Kansas appeals ruling in Quapaw Tribe casino expansion lawsuit

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing a dispute that tests the $15 million expansion of the Downstream Casino Resort.

Posted: January 19, 2016

Chukchansi Tribe finally reopens casino after 14-month closure

The Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino saw capacity crowds as thousands flooded the venue for the first time since October 9, 2014.

Posted: January 4, 2016

Chukchansi Tribe signs agreement with NIGC to reopen casino

The tribe agreed to a fine of $19.845 million for violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act but only $500,000 will be paid as long as the settlement conditions are met.

Posted: December 22, 2015

Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in Kansas

The tribe plans to spend $15 million to expand the Downstream Casino Resort onto trust land in Kansas.

Posted: December 18, 2015

Texas opposes attempt by Tigua Tribe to reopen gaming facility

The Obama administration has reaffirmed the tribe's gaming rights but is refusing to file a brief in the long-running case.

Posted: December 11, 2015

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe was making $1M a month at casino

The tribe plans to open a Class II facility in 2016 but the state still hasn't commented on the matter.

Posted: November 11, 2015

National Indian Gaming Commission creates new rural position

Susan Waukon, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is the agency's first Rural Outreach Coordinator.

Posted: November 9, 2015

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe aims to open casino next year

Plans call for about 300 Class II gaming machines in what's being billed as an 'entertainment center' on the reservation.

Posted: November 9, 2015

Chukchansi Tribe still working to reopen casino after a year

The tribe held an election on October 3 in hopes of resolving a leadership dispute but some members haven't accepted the results.

Posted: November 5, 2015

NIGC officially gets new member in Sequoyah Simermeyer

E. Sequoyah Simermeyer is the new associate commissioner of the agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry.

Posted: November 5, 2015

Editorial: Tigua Tribe finally gets some good news about gaming

We welcome the opinions from the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Interior Department.

Posted: November 3, 2015

Tribes in Texas win NIGC approval of Class II gaming ordinances

More than 10 years after being forced to shut down its successful casino, the tribe plans to get back into the gaming business.

Posted: October 28, 2015

Chukchansi Tribe seats new leadership as casino remains closed

Rival factions on the California reservation continue to dispute the results, with some not recognizing the new leaders at all.

Posted: October 27, 2015

Chukchansi Tribe picks leaders and hires new gaming commission

The election was aimed at resolving a leadership dispute that led to the closure of the Chukchansi Resort and Casino in northern California.

Posted: October 5, 2015

Chukchansi Tribe heads to vote as casino closure hits one year

The election is already being treated as illegitimate by some on the reservation.

Posted: October 2, 2015


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