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Wyandotte Nation to open Kansas City casino (12/28)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma plans to open its out-of-state casino on January 10, 2008. The 7th Street Casino is a Class II facility. It is located on trust land in downtown Kansas City, Kansas....

Quapaw Tribe says new casino right on schedule (12/17)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma says work on its $200 million casino is on schedule for an opening in July or August of 2008. Construction on the Downstream Casino Resort in October. The facility...

Mohegan Tribe reduces size of new casino hotel (12/14)

Amid rising costs of the project, the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has reduced the size of the new hotel at its Mohegan Sun Casino. The hotel tower will reach 39 stories instead of 43. It...

Twentynine Palms Band plans low-key casino (12/14)

The Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians says its proposed casino will fit in well in the desert community. The Nüwü Casino Resort and RV Park will utilize "green" materials for construction and will...

Mohegan Tribe raises cost of casino expansion (12/13)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut says its casino expansion will cost $925 million, or $185 million more than expected. The tribe is adding a hotel tower, more gaming space, a House of Blues music hall,...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band discusses casino (12/13)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians expects to begin construction on its first casino sometime in early 2008. The $250 million FireKeepers Casino in Emmett Township could see about 3.8 million visitors a year,...

Twentynine Palms Band to unveil casino plans (12/13)

The Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians is announcing plans for a casino and recreational-vehicle park. The California tribe will build a 60,000-square-foot casino with 350 slot machines table games and a bingo parlor. The...

Salt River Tribe starts work on casino resort (12/06)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona began work on a new casino resort that will be more then twice the size of the tribe's current facility. The new Casino Arizona includes a 15-story...

Couple falls on hard times next to Nooksack casino (12/04)

A non-Indian couple in Washington says living next to the Nooksack Tribe's new casino didn't bring them any luck. John and Tamara Ferguson bought their three-acre property in 2004 for $185,000. When they found...

Cherokee casino to offer non-smoking space (12/03)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma says its new casino will offer a substantial amount of non-smoking space for gamblers and patrons. The tribe's casino in Catoosa is undergoing a $125 million expansion. When it's finished,...

Navajo Nation moves ahead with first casino (11/29)

The Navajo Nation plans to break ground on its first casino after securing a $100 million loan for its gaming operation. The first casino will be located in Church Rock, near Gallup, New Mexico. The...

Osage Nation breaks ground on seventh casino (11/27)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on its seventh gaming facility on Monday. The $14 million, 35,000-square-foot casino is located near Ponca City. "We're taking advantage of a market that we know is...

Choctaw Nation plans bigger casino near Texas (11/26)

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is planning a big expansion of its casino near Texas. The Choctaw Casino in Durant will undergo a two-phase expansion. The first phase adds 300,000 square feet and 3,000...

Gila River Tribe breaks ground on new casino (11/20)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona broke ground on a $200 million casino on Monday. Construction on the Wild Horse Pass Casino & Hotel begins next month. The tribe expects to open the...

Mashantucket Tribe plans big splash with MGM (11/19)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plans to open its new MGM Grand casino in May 2008. The 50,000-square-foot MGM Grand at Foxwoods will look like the MGM in Las Vegas, executives said....

Nooksack Tribe opens new casino to big crowds (11/16)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington opened the doors to its Nooksack Northwood Casino on Thursday. The casino was packed with gamblers soon after the opening, The Bellingham Herald reported. The facility has 450 electronic...

Mashantucket Tribe to spend $200M on upgrades (11/15)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plans to spend $200 million on upgrades to its Foxwoods Resort Casino. The project will start with $55 million in renovations to the lobby of the Grand...

Nooksack Tribe's casino liquor license at issue (11/07)

An administrative law judge in Washington held a hearing into the Nooksack Tribe's application for a liquor license at its new casino. The tribe wants a license for the Northwood Crossing Casino, which opens...

Wyandotte Nation prepares Kansas City casino (10/31)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma says nothing stands in the way of its out-of-state casino in Kansas. The tribe has spent an estimated $20 million to remodel the former Scottish Rite Temple in downtown...

Quechan elders won't give up fight against casino (10/23)

Elders of the Quechan Nation say they won't stop fighting a casino that they say is being built on sacred land. The Pipa A'Koots group was founded by tribal elders to oppose the casino...

Gila River Tribe breaks ground on new casino (10/09)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona broke ground on a new casino on Monday. The tribe is moving the Lone Butte Casino to a new location and is making it bigger. The $60 million,...

Choctaw Nation confirms it is selling racetrack (10/08)

After boasting of the purchase four years ago, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is putting its racetrack up for sale. The tribe bought the Blue Ribbon Downs in September 2003 through an entity it formed...

Gila River Indian Community to break ground on casino (10/03)

The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is breaking ground on a new casino on Monday. The tribe is relocating and enlarging the Lone Butte Casino. The 120,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in late...

Seminole Tribe unveils $120M casino expansion (09/28)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida unveiled a $120 million expansion of its Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The tribe opened the casino three years ago but it wasn't big enough to keep up...

Wind River tribes plan more gaming developments (09/26)

The Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is already home to two Class III casinos but more development is on the way. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe just opened a casino and is already planning for a...

Northern Arapaho casino a surprise hit (09/24)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is beating its own expectations with the first full-fledged casino on the Wind River Reservation. The Wind River Casino is only two years old but continues to draw...

Chickasaw Nation starts work on casino expansion (09/21)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has started work on a project that will double the size of its WinStar Casino in Thackerville. The tribe is adding more gaming space, restaurants, a convention and event center...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe chooses name for casino (09/20)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has announced the name of its new casino. The facility in Arenac County will be called Saganing Eagle's Landing Casino. Saganing is the name of a historic Saginaw Chippewa...

Pojoaque Pueblo celebrates progress on resort (09/19)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico celebrated its progress towards building what will be the state's largest resort. The tribe is building a new casino and a Hilton Hotel along a major interstate. With an...

Eastern Shoshone Tribe opens Class III casino (09/18)

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe of Wyoming opened the doors to its first Class III casino on Monday. The 7,000-square-foot casino has about 100 slot machines, with another 50 on the way. The facility employs about...

Pojoaque Pueblo plans state's largest casino (09/17)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico is planning what will be the state's largest casino. The tribe expects to open an 80,000-square-foot casino, conference center, a golf course, an 8,000-square-foot recreation area and two hotels in...

Quechan Nation to vote on contested casino site (09/14)

Members of the Quechan Nation will vote next month whether to build a casino at a site that elders say is sacred. Tribal leaders selected the site near Yuma, Arizona, for a new casino. Elders...

San Pasqual Band plans to add hotel at casino (09/13)

The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians plans to add a hotel to its Valley View Casino. The hotel is still in the preliminary stages of discussion and won't be open for at least two...

NIGC: 'No comment' on losing Soo Tribe casino case (08/30)

The National Indian Gaming Commission isn't talking after losing a case that allows the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe to open a $41 million casino in Michigan. The NIGC stopped the tribe from opening the Kewadin...

Hundreds line up for Saginaw Chippewa job fair (08/30)

About 800 people turned out for an informational job fair held by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The tribe plans to hire 300 people for the new casino. But even though the opening...

Choctaw Nation eyes Texas market with casino (08/27)

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is transforming its $60 million casino in Durant into a resort that it hopes will attract more gamblers from Texas. The 108,844-square-foot facility was completed in 2006. The tribe...

Stockbridge-Munsee Band plans $100M casino (08/27)

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians announced plans for a $100 million casino near Bowler, Wisconsin. The facility will include 1,400 slot machines, 32 table games and a bingo center. Two restaurants, entertainment facilities, a...

Michigan tribes poised to break billion-dollar barrier (08/22)

With one new casino and two more on the way, Michigan's tribes are poised to generate more than $1 billion in gaming revenues. Revenues from 17 tribal casinos have hovered around $900 million for...

Osage Nation to open travel plaza, gaming center (08/21)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma is opening a travel plaza and gaming center, its first in the state. The convenience store and motel is located in Skiatook. The tribe plans to add 50 gaming machines...

Sac and Fox Nation breaks ground on casino (08/20)

The Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on a new casino on Saturday. The 35,000-square-foot casino will house 600 slots, table games and a restaurant. Construction is expected to start in four...

Absentee Shawnee Tribe's casino loses customers (08/20)

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is facing a "financial crisis" due to dwindling gaming revenues, The Oklahoman reported. Business at the Thunderbird Wild Wild West Casino has dropped by nearly half in the past...

First Nation opens Dakota Dunes Casino (08/10)

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation of Saskatchewan opened the Dakota Dunes Casino on Thursday. The 84,000-square-foot casino features 620 slot machines, table games, a restaurant and buffet, a deli, a bar and a 7,000-square-foot...

Southern Ute Tribe to complete casino expansion (08/09)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado expects to complete an expansion of its casino by December. Construction began last year. The Sky Ute Casino will include a hotel, restaurant, bowling alley, miniature golf course and...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe plans big casino expansion (08/03)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan announced plans for a major expansion of the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. The tribe wants to build a 600-acre complex with three new hotel/casinos, another additional hotel,...

Pokagon Band ready to open Four Winds Casino (08/01)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is finally opening its casino this week. The Michigan tribe endured years of delays as it sought to have 675 acres placed in trust for the Four Winds...

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe plans new casino (08/01)

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington is planning to replace The Point casino with a bigger facility. The casino, originally known as The Point No Point Casino, started off as a bingo hall....

Quapaw Tribe breaks ground on $200M casino (08/01)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday for its $200 million casino and hotel. Set to open on July 4, 2008, the Downstream Casino Resort will be located on 80...

Sac and Fox Nation starts work on casino expansion (07/24)

The Sac & Fox Nation broke ground last week on an expansion of its casino in Kansas. The tribe will double the size of the gaming floor at the Sac & Fox Casino. The number...

Kalispel Tribe breaks ground on casino expansion (07/24)

The Kalispel Tribe of Washington broke ground on a $275 million expansion of the Northern Quest Casino on Monday. The project will more than triple the size of the gaming space at the existing...

Kalispel Tribe plans major expansion of casino (07/19)

The Kalispel Tribe of Washington is planning a major expansion of its Northern Quest Casino. The goal is turn the casino into a destination resort. The project would include a hotel, auditorium, restaurants and convention...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe prepares for new casino (07/18)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday for its new casino. The tribe plans a modest facility on trust land in Saganing, a historic Chippewa community near Standish. The 32,000-square-foot...

Wyandotte Nation sets Kansas City casino opening (06/27)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma plans to open its casino in Kansas later this fall. The tribe owns trust land in downtown Kansas City. After several legal battles, the tribe says it will build a...

Winnebago Tribe plans $30M casino expansion (06/25)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska announced a $30 million expansion of the WinnaVegas Casino on Friday. Plans call for the casino to increase the number of slot machines from 648 to 950, build a 100-room...

Casino site stirs debate within Quechan Nation (06/25)

The Quechan Nation broke ground on a $200 million casino earlier this month but not everyone in the tribe is happy about the project. Tribal members and elders say the casino site is on hallowed...

Little Traverse Bay Bands debuts new casino (06/22)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan debuted the new Odawa Casino Resort on Wednesday. Tribal leaders and members hailed the arrival of the facility. Elders who helped the tribe regain...

Pokagon Band set to open casino August 2 (06/21)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians plans to open its Four Winds Casino Resort on August 2. Construction crews are working seven days a week in order to meet the grand opening date. When it...

Forest County Potawatomi Tribe to hire 1,000 (06/19)

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin will hold its first job fair on June 27. The tribe plans to hire 1,000 for its $240 million casino expansion. A wide number of positions are available....

Wyoming tribes ready to enter gaming market (06/18)

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are ready to open new casinos on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is about two weeks away from finishing construction of...

Column: Oneida casino illegal despite DOI ruling (06/15)

"At last the Great White Father in Washington has spoken. The gambling compact approved in 1993 for New York's Oneida tribe, which operates Turning Stone casino in Verona, will not be revisited after all and...

Protest against Seneca-Cayuga Tribe's casino (05/29)

About 100 people held a protest against the casino planned by the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. The No Casino In Grove group wants to stop the tribe's proposed $60 million casino resort. Organizers say...

Kiowa Tribe holds grand opening for casino (05/23)

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma is holding a grand opening for its new casino. The Kiowa Red River Casino features nearly 1,000 slot machines, 20 poker and blackjack tables, a buffet and a sports bar....

Agua Caliente Band works on new hotel at casino (05/23)

Construction crews are working around the clock on a new hotel for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The 16-story hotel will be located at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. It...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe prepares for new casino (05/21)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan could have its newest casino up and running by the end of the year. The tribe plans to build a 32,000-square-foot casino on 350 acres in Saganing. The facility...

Quapaw Tribe announces plans for $200M casino (05/15)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma on Monday announced plans for a $200 million casino in northeastern Oklahoma. The Downstream Casino Resort will be located at the Three-States Monument, where Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas meet....

Oglala Sioux Tribe opens big casino complex (05/11)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is hoping to lure more people to its new Prairie Wind Casino. The 47,000-square-foot casino has been open for more than a month. It replaces a tent-like...

Little Traverse Bay Bands to open casino June 20 (05/09)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan will debut a new casino on June 20. The Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey features two floors of gaming and entertainment. It includes 1,500...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to open second casino (04/26)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has announced plans for a second casino. The tribe plans to build a 32,000-square-foot facility with more than 700 slot machines and 40 electronic table games. The facility would...

City says Gila River Tribe not sharing information (04/19)

Officials in Chandler, Arizona, say the Gila River Indian Community isn't sharing information about the expansion and relocation of one of the tribe's casinos. The tribe plans to double the size of the Lone Butte...

Wyandotte Nation ready to open new casino (04/17)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is opening a new casino today, The Joplin Globe reports. The 50,000-square-foot Wyandotte Nation Casino features 500 gaming machines and table games. It includes a restaurant and lounge, a concession...

Santa Ysabel Band celebrates opening of casino (04/12)

The Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Indians celebrated the opening of the 10th casino in San Diego County, California. The Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino has 349 slot machines. The $27 million, 35,000-square-foot was financed...

Neighbors upset about Gila River casino plans (04/11)

Residents of Chandler, Arizona, are upset that the Gila River Indian Community wants to expand and relocate one of its casinos. The tribe plans to double the size of the facility and move it closer...

Shingle Springs Band to break ground on casino (04/10)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians plan to break ground on a casino on April 26. The tribe proposed the 85,000-square-foot Foothill Oaks Casino but ran into local opposition. The tribe eventually signed...

Mooretown Rancheria debuts hotel at casino (04/06)

The Concow-Maidu of Mooretown Rancheria opened a 64-unit hotel at the Feather Falls Casino last weekend. The Lodge features a natural, Native-inspired look. "They wanted to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, with natural materials...

Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians open casino (04/03)

The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians of California opened the Red Earth Casino on Monday. The 10,000-square-foot casino features six table games and 349 slot machines. The tribe has plans to add 1,650 more slots...

Gila River Tribe to discuss casino move with city (03/20)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona will meet with the city of Chandler to discuss the relocation of one of the tribe's casinos. The tribe plans to move the Lone Butte casino closer...

Editorial: Gila River Indian Community expansion (03/19)

"The Gila River Indian Community intends to relocate one of its successful casinos further away from Interstate 10, but closer to some of its regular customers from the south East Valley. As a sovereign...

Gila River Indian Community to expand casino (03/15)

The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona plans to relocate and expand its smallest casino. The Lone Butte Casino will double in size to hold up to 750 slot machines, a 750-seat bingo hall,...

Shakopee Tribe replaces first casino with new one (03/14)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota is replacing its first gaming facility with a new casino. The Little Six Casino began as a high-stakes bingo hall 25 years ago. It's now being replaced...

Northern Arapaho Tribe drops bingo from casino (03/12)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has dropped bingo from its Wind River Casino. The bingo hall was cleared to make more room for slot machines. The tribe won the right to offer Class III...

Tohono O'odham Nation builds $120M casino facility (03/08)

Construction is underway on a $120 million casino on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona. The tribe started work on the 323,000-square-foot casino last April. It features a hotel, nightclub, five bars, a buffet,...

Osage Nation opens Million Dollar Elm Casino (03/07)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma opened its third casino on Tuesday. The $11 million, 42,000-square-foot Million Dollar Elm Casino is west of Bartlesville. It is named for the tree where oil leases worth millions...

Southern Ute Tribe begins work on bigger casino (03/05)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado has begun work on its new Sky Ute Casino. The facility will be more than triple the current size of the casino. It will feature several hundred slot machines,...

Chippewa Cree Tribe opens casino to members (02/22)

Members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana caught the first glimpse of the new Northern Winz Casino on Wednesday. The tribe opened the doors to the 20,000-square-foot facility for the first time. Tribal...

Chippewa Cree Tribe to open casino this week (02/19)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is holding the grand opening for its Northern Winz Casino on Wednesday. The tribe spent $16 million to build the 20,000-square-foot casino. It features 350 electronic Class II machines,...

San Pasqual Band to debut casino expansion (02/15)

The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians of California will debut the first phase of its casino expansion next month. The tribe is spending $114 million to increase the size of the Valley View Casino...

Grand Ronde Tribes begin work on casino expansion (02/08)

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde broke ground on a $40 million expansion of the Spirit Mountain Casino on its Oregon reservation. The expansion includes a 135,196-square-foot conference and events complex and a 16,000-square-foot youth...

Eastern Cherokees approve $650M casino plan (01/31)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians approved a $650 million expansion of its North Carolina casino. The project will double the size of the Harrah's Cherokee Casino. It will increase gaming and hotel space, and...

Snoqualmie Tribe to break ground on casino (01/30)

The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington will break ground on its casino on February 26 in anticipation of a November 1 opening. The tribe just finalized a $330 million financing deal for the 165,000-square foot casino....

Cherokee Nation plans $100M casino expansion (01/12)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma announced a $125 million expansion of its casino in Catoosa, just outside of Tulsa. The Cherokee Casino expansion project includes a 14-story hotel tower, more convention space, new restaurants...

Chippewa Cree council won't put alcohol vote to tribe (01/12)

Members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana won't get to decide whether to serve alcohol at the tribe's new casino. The Northern Winz Casino will open by the end of the month. Jonathan Windy...

Cherokee Nation to announce casino expansion (01/11)

The Cherokee Nation is announcing plans to expand its casino in Catoosa, just outside of Tulsa. The Cherokee Casino will undergo a $100 million expansion to increase hotel space and dining and entertainment options....

Blackfeet Nation confident casino will succeed (01/08)

After opening with a big Vegas-like splash, the Blackfeet Nation of Montana has hit some stumbling blocks with its $7 million casino. Since late September, the Glacier Peaks Casino has made across-the-board salary cuts,...

Pojoaque Pueblo to break ground on casino resort (01/04)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico will break ground on a new casino and hotel this month. The 51,000 square-foot casino at the Buffalo Thunder Resort will include 1,200 slot machines, 25 table games and a...

Osage Nation prepares for opening of $8M casino (01/04)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma plans a mid-February for its new $8 million casino. The 42,000-square-foot Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino is located on 40 acres in Bartlesville. Under an opinion by the National Indian...
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