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Stockbridge-Munsee Band makes good on threat to withhold casino funds
Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Stockbridge-Munsee Band makes good on threat to withhold casino funds (June 30, 2017)
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community has placed $923,000 an escrow account as a gaming dispute plays out in federal court in Wisconsin.

Kickapoo Tribe casino bus crash lawsuits on hold amid insurance dispute
Litigation
Kickapoo Tribe casino bus crash lawsuits on hold amid insurance dispute (June 28, 2017)
A slew of lawsuits targeting the Kickapoo Tribe and its casino in Texas are on hold amid a dispute over a $5 million insurance claim.

Restaurant set to open on site of failed Kialegee Tribal Town casino
Openings & Closings
Restaurant set to open on site of failed Kialegee Tribal Town casino (June 12, 2017)
Gaming is still on the table on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma that was the subject of a political and legal controversy.

Matthew Fletcher: Expect 'uptick' in litigation after Supreme Court decision
Litigation | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Expect 'uptick' in litigation after Supreme Court decision (May 17, 2017)
The dust is starting to settle after the nation's highest court delivered defeat to Indian Country in a dispute that originated at a tribal casino.

Native Sun News Today: Nation's highest court calls tribe's bluff with new decision
Connecticut | Litigation
Native Sun News Today: Nation's highest court calls tribe's bluff with new decision (May 15, 2017)
The Supreme Court has changed the rules of the game, putting tribal officials and employees at risk for damages they may incur while off the reservation.

Peter d'Errico: Tribes should be ready to stand up for their sovereignty
Litigation | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Tribes should be ready to stand up for their sovereignty (May 3, 2017)
Are Native nations ready for the challenge to defend what is and isn’t tribal immunity law?

Supreme Court decision affects employees of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
Litigation
Supreme Court decision affects employees of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe (May 1, 2017)
The writing was on the wall for the tribal casino employees who are being sued in Louisiana state court.

Harold Monteau: Supreme Court stirs smelly pot of fish head stew with tribal decision
Opinion
Harold Monteau: Supreme Court stirs smelly pot of fish head stew with tribal decision (April 28, 2017)
The SCOTUS decision on Lewis et al. v. Clarke this week could ultimately effect the full ‘vitality’ of tribal sovereign immunity

Supreme Court ruling seen as benefit to casino bus crash lawsuit
Litigation
Supreme Court ruling seen as benefit to casino bus crash lawsuit (April 27, 2017)
The victims of a fatal crash in Texas are trying to connect the Kickapoo Tribe and its casino to the incident.

Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in own judicial system
Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in own judicial system (April 26, 2017)
The tribe's court system resolved other claims connected to the incident that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from Supreme Court in sovereignty case
Litigation | Opinion
Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from Supreme Court in sovereignty case (April 26, 2017)
Indian law expert: 'I don’t see that tribes or tribal employees lose any ground as a result of this opinion.'

Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case
Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (April 25, 2017)
While tribes are generally protected by sovereign immunity, the same does not apply to their employees, the nation's highest court ruled.

Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat to Indian Country at Supreme Court
Connecticut | Litigation
Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat to Indian Country at Supreme Court (April 25, 2017)
Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher offers some initial thoughts on the new decision in a posting on Turtle Talk.

Supreme Court declines to hear yet another Indian Country case
Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court declines to hear yet another Indian Country case (April 17, 2017)
In a positive move for tribal interests, the nation's highest court refused to reopen a lawsuit that targeted the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casino
Litigation
Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casino (February 23, 2017)
The tribe contended it was protected by sovereign immunity in small claims court in Iowa.

Supreme Court hears argument in lone Indian law case on docket
Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court hears argument in lone Indian law case on docket (January 9, 2017)
The justices are trying to determine whether an employee of the Mohegan Tribe enjoys sovereign immunity.

Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity case
Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity case (December 6, 2016)
The justices will hear the dispute in Lewis v. Clarke on January 9, 2017.

Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casino
Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casino (November 21, 2016)
More than two years after winning a major decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan tribe appears to reviving the project.

Matthew Fletcher: Supreme Court case poses new risks to tribes
Litigation | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Supreme Court case poses new risks to tribes (November 14, 2016)
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case that will rule on the the limits of legal immunity of tribes and their employees.

Ex-employee of Shakopee Tribe loses case over assault at casino
Litigation | Public Relations
Ex-employee of Shakopee Tribe loses case over assault at casino (October 13, 2016)
The employee was groped and forcibly kissed by a patron at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docket
Business Deals | Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docket (October 4, 2016)
Only one Indian law case is on the docket so far, a big change from last year's explosive session.

Supreme Court accepts case involving Mohegan Tribe casino employee
Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court accepts case involving Mohegan Tribe casino employee (September 29, 2016)
The justices will consider a big question: Does the tribe's sovereign immunity extend to an employee of the tribe's casino?

Yankton Sioux Tribe getting closer to new Class III gaming compact
Compacts
Yankton Sioux Tribe getting closer to new Class III gaming compact (August 11, 2016)
The tribe plans to double the number of slot machines at the Fort Randall Casino, bringing the total to 500 devices.

Pechanga Band ordered to pay $2.8M for woman's fall at casino
California
Pechanga Band ordered to pay $2.8M for woman's fall at casino (July 11, 2016)
Suzanne Naruko was injured at the Pechanga Resort & Casino and has been unable to work ever since.

Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decision
Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decision (June 30, 2016)
Opponents argue that the casino site in Massachusetts should not have been placed in trust as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes lose big source of funding
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes lose big source of funding (June 28, 2016)
A non-Indian gaming developer stopped contributing to the lawsuit but a lead plaintiff vows to see the battle through.

Choctaw Nation offered settlements in fatal casino bus accident
Litigation
Choctaw Nation offered settlements in fatal casino bus accident (May 4, 2016)
The $75,000 that was offered to settle two lawsuits pales in comparison to the $10.9 million that the tribe was ordered to pay by a jury in Texas.

Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deaths
Litigation | Public Relations
Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deaths (May 3, 2016)
The tribe plans to appeal after being held liable for a fatal bus accident that occurred in Texas in April 2013.

Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate
Casino Stalker | Openings & Closings | Regulation
Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate (March 29, 2016)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision on the rival project in late April.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and rival spar over potential casino
Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and rival spar over potential casino (March 25, 2016)
A lot is at stake as the tribe prepares to break ground on the long-awaited First Light Resort and Casino in a matter of weeks.

California asks Supreme Court to hear Pauma Band compact case
California | Compacts | Litigation
California asks Supreme Court to hear Pauma Band compact case (March 21, 2016)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to pay $36.2 million to the tribe for misrepresentations during the Class III negotiation process.

Mohegan Tribe casino worker wins case due to sovereign immunity
Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe casino worker wins case due to sovereign immunity (March 8, 2016)
A limousine driver at Mohegan Sun was acting within his official duties at the time of an October 2011 accident so he can't be sued without his consent.

Quapaw Tribe concedes loss in casino compact lawsuit in Kansas
Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Quapaw Tribe concedes loss in casino compact lawsuit in Kansas (March 2, 2016)
The state has asserted sovereign immunity and the tribe agrees that its lawsuit should be dismissed.

Cowlitz Tribe included waiver of immunity in old casino agreement
Openings & Closings
Cowlitz Tribe included waiver of immunity in old casino agreement (March 1, 2016)
The memorandum of understanding would have allowed the tribe to be sued for alleged violations but it can't be enforced because it was invalidated.

Seminole Tribe wins ruling in employment case due to immunity
Litigation
Seminole Tribe wins ruling in employment case due to immunity (February 25, 2016)
A former casino employee tried to argue that the tribe has never been federally recognized.

Kialegee Tribal Town stays quiet as failed casino sits unfinished
Casino Stalker | NIGC
Kialegee Tribal Town stays quiet as failed casino sits unfinished (February 12, 2016)
The tribe started building the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but faced strong local opposition.

Quapaw Tribe sues Kansas to force gaming compact negotiations
Compacts | Litigation
Quapaw Tribe sues Kansas to force gaming compact negotiations (January 20, 2016)
The tribe plans to expand the Downstream Casino Resort onto its trust land in Kansas but needs a compact in order to offer slot machines and other Class III games.

Kansas appeals ruling in Quapaw Tribe casino expansion lawsuit
Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC
Kansas appeals ruling in Quapaw Tribe casino expansion lawsuit (January 19, 2016)
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing a dispute that tests the $15 million expansion of the Downstream Casino Resort.

Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in Kansas
Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in Kansas (December 18, 2015)
The tribe plans to spend $15 million to expand the Downstream Casino Resort onto trust land in Kansas.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino employees face suit for fatal crash
Litigation
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino employees face suit for fatal crash (December 17, 2015)
The lawsuit accuses a bartender and two security guards at the Paragon Casino Resort of negligence in connection with a drunken-driving accident in July 2013.

Pauma Band wins dispute over $36.2M in gaming compact overpayments
California | Compacts | Litigation
Pauma Band wins dispute over $36.2M in gaming compact overpayments (October 26, 2015)
The tribe was paying a higher revenue sharing rate despite not being able to add more gaming machines to its casino.

Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in two gaming cases
Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation
Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in two gaming cases (October 6, 2015)
The states of Oklahoma and Wisconsin were handed defeat by the justices as they opened their October 2015 term.

California tribes convince court to depublish immunity decision
California | Litigation
California tribes convince court to depublish immunity decision (September 24, 2015)
Tribes across the state raised alarms when an appeals court opened gaming commissioners for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians to a lawsuit.

Sault Tribe faces hurdles with off-reservation gaming projects
Casino Stalker | Compacts | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Sault Tribe faces hurdles with off-reservation gaming projects (September 18, 2015)
More lawsuits are expected if the Bureau of Indian Affairs ever approves the tribe's land-into-trust applications.

Sault Tribe wins dismissal of off-reservation gaming litigation
Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Sault Tribe wins dismissal of off-reservation gaming litigation (September 17, 2015)
The tribe wants to build a $245 million casino in Lansing, Michigan, on property that was acquired in connection with a land claim settlement.

Poarch Creeks secure major ruling in gaming dispute in Alabama
Litigation
Poarch Creeks secure major ruling in gaming dispute in Alabama (September 3, 2015)
The state's attempt to dispute the legality of land placed in trust for the tribe in the 1990s was rejected by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision.

Supreme Court takes up petition in Kialegee Tribal Town dispute
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Supreme Court takes up petition in Kialegee Tribal Town dispute (September 1, 2015)
The battle began when the tribe announced plans to open a gaming facility on an Indian allotment near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Guidiville Band and gaming partner ordered to pay $1.9M in fees
Business Deals | California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Guidiville Band and gaming partner ordered to pay $1.9M in fees (August 20, 2015)
The tribe is suing the city of Richmond and the federal government over a failed casino project at Point Molate.

MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians back in court in gaming case
Litigation | Openings & Closings
MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians back in court in gaming case (August 14, 2015)
The state of Alabama is seeking to demolish 50 machines seized from a short-lived casino on the tribe's reservation.

Quapaw Tribe denies claim of work on Kansas casino expansion
Litigation | NIGC | Openings & Closings
Quapaw Tribe denies claim of work on Kansas casino expansion (August 5, 2015)
Equipment seen at the Downstream Casino Resort was there for carpet replacement, not for construction.

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