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Paper looks into patron disputes at tribal casinos in Arizona

Tribal casino patrons sometimes find it difficult to resolve disputes that arise at the facilities.

Posted: November 19, 2018

Cow Creek Band no longer pursuing gaming partnership with Oregon

Two tribes remain locked in a long-running battle over gaming in Oregon.

Posted: November 1, 2018

'At this point, we're suing': Tribes upset with handling of non-Indian gaming facilities

Tribes are threatening to sue the state of California for failing to crack down on non-Indian card rooms.

Posted: October 29, 2018

'It's the wave of the future': Sports betting in Indian Country

A landmark Supreme Court decision opened the door for tribes and states to offer wagers on sports.

Posted: September 26, 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

Jicarilla Apache Nation leaders targeted over financial losses

Some citizens of the Jicarilla Apache Nation want to know why their leaders haven't taken action to address embezzlement of tribal funds.

Posted: August 9, 2018

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

An estimated 9 million Americans suffer from gambling addiction.

Posted: July 13, 2018

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

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

Posted: July 2, 2018

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians announces sports betting at casinos

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will soon be offering sports betting following a landmark decision from the Supreme Court.

Posted: June 13, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as gaming industry advances in Massachusetts

As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sits in limbo before the Trump administration, non-Indian interests make strides in Massachusetts.

Posted: June 11, 2018

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians won't get into liquor business

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians won't be getting into the liquor business after failing to secure support among tribal citizens.

Posted: June 7, 2018

Delaware becomes first state with sports betting after Supreme Court ruling

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

Posted: June 6, 2018

Gaming companies threatened for doing business with Pueblo of Pojoaque

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

Posted: June 4, 2018

Pueblo of Laguna makes another attempt at a commercial gaming facility

The Pueblo of Laguna wants to open a racino in New Mexico, its second attempt in the state.

Posted: May 30, 2018

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

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

Posted: May 30, 2018

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians schedules referendum on alcohol

Citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will decide whether the tribe will operate its own liquor store on the reservation in North Carolina.

Posted: May 23, 2018

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

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

Posted: May 18, 2018

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

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

Posted: May 14, 2018

Yet another federal appeals court backs restoration of tribal homelands

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

Posted: May 2, 2018

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

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

Posted: May 2, 2018

Eastern Cherokee casino stocks new beer created by tribal citizens

A beer whose symbol is a Cherokee woman and whose name is connected to the tribe's ancestral origins is causing controversy.

Posted: March 21, 2018

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

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

Posted: March 20, 2018

Tribes looking for more support to pass controversial sovereignty bill

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

Posted: February 14, 2018

Eastern Cherokees schedule vote on liquor sales beyond casinos

Citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will decide whether tribe should allow the sale of liquor outside of its gaming enterprise in North Carolina.

Posted: February 7, 2018

Billionaire casino mogul who trashed tribes steps down from post

Steve Wynn, the billionaire gaming mogul who trashed tribes as he pursued a commercial casino in Massachusetts, has stepped down from his namesake company.

Posted: February 7, 2018

Pueblo of Laguna fails to reach deal for Louisiana commercial casino

The Pueblo of Laguna won't be buying a commercial casino in Louisiana due to regulatory issues.

Posted: February 5, 2018

Massachusetts casino under investigation due to sexual misconduct

A billionaire gaming mogul who trashed tribes could lose a commercial casino license after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Posted: February 1, 2018

Massachusetts casino under review after report of top executive's sexual misconduct

A commercial casino in Massachusetts is being reviewed after The Wall Street Journal reported on numerous claims of sexual misconduct by mogul Steve Wynn.

Posted: January 29, 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

Mohegan Tribe pays a record $1 million in gaming fines for lapses in Pennsylvania

The Mohegan Tribe has been fined $1 million in connection with its commercial gaming operation in Pennsylvania.

Posted: December 14, 2017

Eastern Cherokees weigh expansion of liquor sales beyond gaming enterprise

Support appears to be growing among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for a referendum that would authorize more liquor sales on the reservation.

Posted: November 7, 2017

Jamul Indian Village secures permanent liquor license for casino after review

A year following the debut of its long-awaited casino in southern California, the Jamul Indian Village can finally serve liquor there.

Posted: October 30, 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

Meskwaki Tribe conducted undercover sex trafficking operation at Iowa casino

An undercover sex trafficking operation at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Tribe resulted in charges against two people.

Posted: September 27, 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

Jamul Indian Village awaits decision on liquor license for casino in California

The Jamul Indian Village opened its casino to large crowds nearly a year ago yet still lacks a permanent liquor license for the $460 million facility.

Posted: August 24, 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

Muscogee Nation asserts authority at allotment where casino was proposed

The Muscogee Nation is warning one of its citizens not to engage in gaming on his allotment in Oklahoma.

Posted: June 19, 2017

Osage Nation caught off-duty police officer stealing casino ticket

A police offer from a neighboring county is being accused of taking a $750 casino ticket that didn't belong to him.

Posted: June 9, 2017

Pala Band launches another online gambling site in New Jersey has joined and in offering legal online gaming for patrons in New Jersey.

Posted: June 7, 2017

Cowlitz Tribe secures approval to offer liquor as casino debut nears

All the pieces are falling into place as the tribe prepares to open the ilani Casino Resort in late April.

Posted: March 22, 2017

Mohegan Tribe can sue over denial of casino in Massachusetts

The Connecticut-based tribe lost out to a rival gaming firm owned by billionaire Steve Wynn.

Posted: March 20, 2017

Mohegan Tribe said gaming executive didn't disclose stake in firm

Former president Bobby Soper, who is a tribal citizen, denied hiding anything.

Posted: February 21, 2017

Tohono O'odham Nation and state remain at odds in casino dispute

A federal judge will go ahead with a previously scheduled hearing after the tribe said a settlement wasn't on the horizon.

Posted: December 1, 2016

Former casino worker took $23K from Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Wenonah Sue Wagner is accused of stealing more than $23,000 from the Charging Horse Casino and Bingo in Montana.

Posted: November 30, 2016

Mississippi Choctaws see increase in casino revenue and profit

Chief Phyliss Anderson said revenues are up $11 million and profits are up $2 million.

Posted: November 22, 2016

Jamul Indian Village refutes complaints about casino and alcohol

Opponents are trying to prevent the tribe from securing a liquor license for its southern California casino.

Posted: November 18, 2016

Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association elects vice chair

Jean Ann Blalock, a member of the Quapaw Tribe, was sworn into her position during the organization's fall meeting.

Posted: November 16, 2016

Former employee of Winnebago Tribe's casino sentenced for theft

Mark Hanan won't be serving any prison time but was ordered to repay more than $12,000 to his former employer.

Posted: November 1, 2016

APTN links Donald Trump's 1993 smear to rebuff by California tribe

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's racial attacks on Indian Country go back decades.

Posted: October 12, 2016

Muscogee Nation investigates suspected abduction at casino

Details are sketchy but the incident occurred over the weekend at the River Spirit Casino Resort.

Posted: October 11, 2016

Ex-casino manager for Chitimacha Tribe admits giving bonus to chairman

Chairman O'Neal Darden remains under indictment for allegedly accepting an unauthorized bonus from the Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel.

Posted: October 5, 2016

Eastern Cherokee gaming board member removed after dispute

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

Posted: October 5, 2016

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake takes action on online gaming

The decision came after extended talks with the state of New Jersey about illegal gambling websites.

Posted: September 28, 2016

Chumash Tribe enters agreement for law enforcement at casino

The California tribe is investing more than $530,000 in the first year alone.

Posted: August 30, 2016

Donald Trump paid $5M to settle hefty New Jersey casino tax bill

The Republican presidential candidate once attacked tribes on tax issues but avoided paying his own tax bill for years.

Posted: August 17, 2016

Ho-Chunk Nation secures approval to offer liquor at gaming facility

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison was the only tribal casino in Wisconsin that wasn't allowed to serve liquor.

Posted: August 12, 2016

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe announces a new general manager for casino

A new partnership with the Mohegan Tribe is already benefiting the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe's gaming facility.

Posted: August 4, 2016

Eastern Cherokee casino board member protests reduction in term

Gaming enterprise board member Angela Kephart continues to stir controversy on the reservation.

Posted: August 3, 2016

Arizona tribes send fewer gaming revenues to state in last quarter

The state's top gaming official is trying to blame the drop on the Tohono O'odham Nation without acknowledging his role in creating the situation.

Posted: August 3, 2016

Ex-employee pleads guilty to theft from Winnebago Tribe's casino

Mark Hannan, 20, admitted he stole between $11,000 and $15,000 by create fake jackpots at the Native Star Casino and pocketing -- literally -- the proceeds.

Posted: August 2, 2016

Appeals court upholds conviction in Choctaw Nation corruption case

The case was unusual by several accounts and even drew testimony from the tribe's longtime former chief and his hand-picked successor.

Posted: August 2, 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

Former Sac and Fox Nation casino employee sentenced for theft

David Collins, 32, was the manager of the players club at the tribe's casino in Kansas.

Posted: July 19, 2016

Chasing the Dream: The impact of Indian gaming in North Dakota

Four tribes operate casinos in the state and they generated about $237 million in revenues in 2014.

Posted: July 1, 2016

Eastern Cherokee youth push for change in gaming per capita

Leaders of the North Carolina tribe accepted a proposal to stagger payments for minors, a move that comes with economic benefits.

Posted: June 30, 2016

Donald Trump approved Indian gaming attack ads in New York

The campaign was aimed at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, whose leaders were pursuing a casino that conflicted with the real estate mogul's interests.

Posted: June 30, 2016

Chairman of Chitimacha Tribe accused of stealing casino bonus

O’Neal Darden Jr., who was elected last July, turned himself in to face charges in Louisiana state court.

Posted: June 20, 2016

First Nations in Saskatchewan report $258M in gaming revenues

Earnings were $86.3 million at the six Native casinos, representing a 2.6 percent increase from the year prior.

Posted: June 7, 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

Former Winnebago Tribe casino employee denies theft charge

Mark Hannan allegedly stole $15,000 in cash from the Native Star Casino on the Nebraska portion of the reservation.

Posted: May 25, 2016

Donald Trump claims 'Jack Abrahamoff scandal' proves he was right about tribes

The Republican presidential candidate's campaign manager in fact was a player in a scam that sent his boss -- a member of Congress -- to prison.

Posted: May 23, 2016

Donald Trump's long and strained relationship with Indian gaming

If the presumptive GOP nominee wins the presidency, he will hold considerable sway over the $28.5 billion and growing tribal casino industry.

Posted: May 19, 2016

Eastern Cherokee judge dismisses lawsuit filed by fired gaming officials

Chief Patrick Lambert fired the commissioners in one of his first actions after taking office last year.

Posted: May 13, 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

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises rejection of rival casino bid

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4 to 1 to deny a license for a commercial proposal less than 20 miles from the tribe's First Light Resort and Casino.

Posted: April 28, 2016

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market study

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to decide whether to move forward with a project less than 20 miles from the tribe's site.

Posted: April 26, 2016

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits decision on rival casino plan

The tribe has warned the Massachusetts Gaming Commission not to approve the $675 million project, which would be less than 20 miles from the First Light Resort and Casino.

Posted: April 20, 2016

Ex-employee of Grand Traverse Band blames theft on gambling addiction

Michael Gerard Buchanan admitted that he purchased electronic equipment using tribal funds and sold the items without authorization.

Posted: April 13, 2016

Washington gaming panel weighs limits on 'amusement' games

Some lawmakers say the devices look more like slot machines, which only tribes have the right to operate.

Posted: April 13, 2016

Eastern Cherokees remove three gaming regulators after dispute

The North Carolina tribe's gaming agency was in turmoil after hiring their former chief as the executive director.

Posted: April 5, 2016

Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision on the rival project in late April.

Posted: March 29, 2016

Casino company in battle with tribes gears up two major projects

MGM Resorts International is building a $950 million casino in Massachusetts and is preparing to open a $1.3 billion casino resort right outside of Washington, D.C.

Posted: March 28, 2016

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming plan

A lawsuit won't deter a groundbreaking on the First Light Resort and Casino and a gaming giant has stepped up with enough financing to finish the first phase by the summer of 2017.

Posted: March 22, 2016

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino project

The tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Casino and Resort in early April as Massachusetts regulators debate whether to approve a rival project less than 20 miles away.

Posted: March 18, 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

Eastern Cherokees seek more tribal preference for casino work

According to business owner Ernest Tiger, only four of the 530 of the vendors at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort are certified by the Tribal Employee Rights Office.

Posted: March 16, 2016

Leader of Fond du Lac Band decries 'lynch mobbing' in casino spat

Interim Chairman Wally Dupuis said he paid for his campaign mailers out of his own pocket and said other candidates have hired the same printing firm as the one used by the Minnesota tribe's casino.

Posted: March 14, 2016

Chairman of Fond du Lac Band denies gaming license was revoked

A rival candidate is accusing interim leader Wally Dupuis of using tribal casino resources to promote his election bid.

Posted: March 11, 2016

Non-Indian billionaire slams Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino

Developer Neil Bluhm is financing a lawsuit that questions whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs can place land in trust for the tribe.

Posted: March 2, 2016

Ho-Chunk Nation requests liquor license at Class II gaming facility

The Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison facility plans to serve liquor to patrons on the gaming floor and at a bar with seating.

Posted: March 1, 2016

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reduces gaming per capita payments

Chief Frank Cloutier discussed the issue at length during his State of the Tribe address on January 23.

Posted: February 18, 2016

Umatilla Tribes raise gambling age as sales of liquor start at casino

Patrons can enjoy beer, wine and other beverages on the gaming floor and in other areas of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.

Posted: February 8, 2016

Tohono O'odham Nation still can't serve alcohol at new casino

The state of Arizona is conducting an unspecified investigation that could take several months to resolve.

Posted: January 28, 2016

Navajo Nation yet to share $6M in casino revenues with chapters

The tribe opened its first gaming facility in 2008 yet none of the chapters have received their shares of revenues from the growing enterprise.

Posted: January 20, 2016

Mohegan Tribe fires employees accused of major theft at casino

Two former employees of the Mohegan Sun Pocono, a commercial facility in Pennsylvania, are accused of conspiring with a frequent patron to steal $418,793 from slot machines.

Posted: January 20, 2016

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Gaming website resurfaces

The Iowa Nation of Oklahoma released a media statement announcing the launch of the online gambling website in 2016.

Posted: January 14, 2016

Mark Pilarski: Why are games different at some tribal casinos?

Why do some tribal casinos offer different types of games? Columnist Mark Pilarski offers an explanation.

Posted: November 25, 2015

Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

Republicans eagerly lined up to explain why tribes, like state and local governments, should be exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.

Posted: November 18, 2015

Oneida Nation wages war against non-Indian gaming facility

Tribal Representative Ray Halbritter said the developers of the $425 million Lago Resort and Casino are directly targeting his tribe's gaming operation.

Posted: November 12, 2015


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