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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.
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.
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.
Dry Creek Rancheria looking to expand liquor service at casino


The River Rock Casino has suffered since the opening of another tribal facility so changes in the liquor license could help address the situation.
Oneida Nation launches campaign to block non-Indian casino


The tribe is trying to get the state of New York to rescind its approval of the Lago Resort & Casino.
Coeur d'Alene Tribe can't serve alcohol at casino for ten days


An all-male dance group known as The Hunks got too racy during a recent appearance at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Idaho.
Ex-Eastern Cherokee chief blasts firing from gaming agency


Michell Hicks accuses the new leaders of the tribe of 'bloodshed' for firing pr reassigning more than a dozen employees.
New Eastern Cherokee chief fires director of gaming commission


Michell Hicks, the tribe's former leader, complained: 'This is no way to do tribal business. This is not the Cherokee way.'
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe brings competition to New England gaming market


Moody's is warning of impacts in Massachusetts and even Rhode Island as the tribe moves forward with its long-delayed casino.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe suspends gaming official after arrest


Philip-Earl Cash, 30, was arrested on charges of heroin possession following a traffic stop in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He was the executive assistant of the gaming commission.
New Eastern Cherokee chief takes aim at gaming commission


A resolution approved by the tribal council calls for the removal of the three regulators following the hiring of a former chief as executive director of the gaming commission.
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.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino ruling stirs shakeup of sorts


A commercial casino in southeastern Massachusetts faces significant hurdles now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the land-into-trust application for the first Indian gaming facility in the state.
Chukchansi Tribe sees departure of last gaming commissioner


All three gaming commissioners, plus the executive director, resigned as part of a dispute with the tribal council.
Eastern Cherokee chief wasn't top ranked choice for gaming job


Michell Hicks accepted the executive director post at the tribal gaming commission after the first pick withdrew from the process.
Chukchansi Tribe sees three departures at gaming commission


Two of the tribe's gaming commissioners have resigned, along with the executive director of the regulatory body on the reservation.
Outgoing Eastern Cherokee leader to join gaming commission


Chief Michell Hicks will serve as the executive director of the tribe's regulatory body.
Arizona tribes can't send gaming revenues directly to charities


The state's interpretation of the Class III gaming compact could affect the way non-profits receive money.
Tribes contributed $1.4M to politicians amid gaming fight in Texas


The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma donated $670,000 in the 2014 election cycle, the largest amount among casino interests.
NCAI pushes for court rehearing in tribal labor sovereignty case


A disagreement among judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals could lead to another look at the application of federal labor law at casinos.
San Manuel Band hires executive director for gaming commission


Adam Torres previously served as a U.S. Marshall and worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Internal Revenue Service.
Official denies representing Laguna Pueblo in casino contract flap


The tribe's economic development corporation was passed over for a lucrative commercial casino contract.
Red Lake Nation votes down referendum to sell liquor at casinos


According to preliminary results, 54 percent of tribal members said no to alcohol sales at two gaming facilities.
Tohono O'odham Nation traces casino spat to top state leaders


Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) are named as defendants in the tribe's lawsuit.
Non-Indian facility in Massachusetts sees $18.1M in revenues


Gamblers poured nearly $181.6 million into slot machines and electronic table games at the Plainridge Park Casino in July.
Maryland sees 19 percent increase in lottery and casino revenue


The state took in $1 billion in the last fiscal year -- $525 million from the lottery and another $487 million from five gaming facilities.
Last defendant sentenced in theft case at Yakama Nation casino


Over $63,000 was stolen from the Yakama Legends Casino by 42 defendants.
Former workers at Choctaw Nation casino plead guilty to theft


Two employees admitted that they stole money from the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.
Indian family in Washington still pursuing casino on trust land


The Samish Nation, though, isn't interested. And neither is the Suquamish Tribe.
Red Lake Nation leader supports sales of liquor at two casinos


Tribal members will vote on August 19 to determine whether to offer alcohol at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls and another in Warroad.
Mohegan Tribe fired worker who helped casino regular break rules


Maria DeGiacomo worked as a pit boss at Mohegan Sun for 18 years.
Red Lake Nation schedules August 19 referendum on liquor sales


Tribal members rejected liquor in a 1999 vote but the outcome was not binding.
Tribal gaming industry sees modest growth to $28.5B in 2014


Tribes in California and Oklahoma generated the largest gains as the industry enjoys a fifth consecutive year of growth.
Senate committee takes a look at regulation of tribal gaming


A large crowd greeted the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for its first look into the $28 billion tribal gaming industry.
Lawmakers advance Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in House


A bill to exempt tribes and their gaming facilities from federal labor law took another step forward on Wednesday.
Non-Indian firm drops out of casino race in Massachusetts


K.G. Urban Enterprises was unable to secure financing for a $650 million facility that was to have been managed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation from neighboring Connecticut.
NIGC down to one member as leader faces Senate hearing


Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri is the only member serving at the agency that regulates the $28 billion tribal casino industry.
Lawmakers show support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act


Members of both parties endorse labor measure at National Indian Gaming Association legislative summit in Washington, D.C.
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing


Jonodev Chaudhuri is making his first Capitol Hill appearance since becoming chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.
New Mexico tribes see 3.6 percent dip in slot machine winnings


The net win at tribal casinos in 2014 was $731.3 million, down from $758.6 million in 2013.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at tribal gaming industry


Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the panel, hasn't focused much on the $27 billion industry but that will be changing next week.
Connecticut tribes pay out nearly 92 percent put into slot machines


The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation pays out 91.85 percent while the Mohegan Tribe pays out 91.71 percent.
Rep. Joe Barton of Texas plays poker at tribal casino in Oklahoma


The Republican Congressman wants millions of people to continue enjoying the game on the Internet.
Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute


The three judges went to great lengths to explain why they were unable to side with the tribe in an unfair labor practices complaint.
Court allows lawsuit for incident at Tonto Apache Tribe casino


Three gamblers who won large sums of money at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino claim their earnings were stolen.

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