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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes face rumors of casino following land purchase

A recent land purchase is stirring rumors of an off-reservation casino in Idaho.

Posted: February 13, 2020

Bay Mills Indian Community wins ruling in long-running gaming case

A long-running dispute between the Bay Mills Indian Community and the state of Michigan has been revived, giving the tribe a win in a casino controversy that once went to the nation's highest court.

Posted: December 16, 2019

National Indian Gaming Commission gains a new leader for the Trump era

The National Indian Gaming Commission has a Republican-chosen chairman for the first time in nearly a decade.

Posted: November 25, 2019

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe asks Supreme Court to hear sovereignty case

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is turning to the nation's highest court for help with its disputed casino in Texas.

Posted: October 1, 2019

Tribes take a hit as gamblers in North Dakota turn to electronic pull tabs

At least two tribes have seen a decline in revenues now that non-Indian pull tab operations are up and running in North Dakota.

Posted: September 16, 2019

Ponca Tribe on track to get back into Indian gaming industry

The Ponca Tribe has started construction on the Fancy Dance Casino in Oklahoma, with an opening expected in early 2020.

Posted: September 9, 2019

Ponca Tribe faces more litigation as opponents continue to fight casino

Opponents in Iowa and Nebraska aren't heeding the Ponca Tribe's call for a more cooperative relationship when it comes to gaming.

Posted: August 28, 2019

Tejon Tribe wins approval for intergovernmental agreement with county

The future continues to look bright for the Tejon Tribe, just a few years after being restored to federal recognition.

Posted: August 14, 2019

Ponca Tribe scores another legal victory against casino opponents

The Ponca Tribe can continue to operate its gaming facility on its homelands in Iowa.

Posted: August 13, 2019

Senate panel moves quickly on Trump nominee for National Indian Gaming Commission

Sequoyah Simermeyer is well on his way to becoming the first Republican-chosen leader of the National Indian Gaming Commission in more than a decade.

Posted: July 29, 2019

RECAP: National Indian Gaming Commission nominee outlines vision in Trump era

National Indian Gaming Commission nominee Sequoyah Simermeyer sidestepped two major issues at a sparsely-attended confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

Posted: July 25, 2019

President Trump's Indian gaming pick up for confirmation hearing

Donald Trump was openly hostile to tribes when he was in the casino business. Now he gets to pick the federal official overseeing the Indian gaming industry.

Posted: July 23, 2019

Trump nominates new leader for National Indian Gaming Commission

President Donald Trump, who has been hostile to tribal casinos, is getting a chance to remake the federal agency overseeing the Indian gaming industry.

Posted: June 25, 2019

Mescalero Apache Tribe enters into partnership for sports betting

The Mescalero Apache Tribe is joining other Indian nations in New Mexico in offering sports betting.

Posted: June 24, 2019

House committee advances bill recognizing sovereign rights of tribes in Texas

A bipartisan bill placing two tribes in Texas on the same footing as just about every other Indian nation when it comes to gaming is moving forward.

Posted: June 21, 2019

Peoria Tribe issues $2 million fine against casino managers

The Peoria Tribe is seeking more than $2 million from former casino managers after being hit with a federal enforcement action.

Posted: June 13, 2019

Redding Rancheria seeks approval to move casino to new site

The Redding Rancheria is making progress on long-running plans to relocate its casino to a bigger site in northern California.

Posted: June 11, 2019

Oneida Nation moves forward with sports betting partnership

The Oneida Nation is getting closer to opening sports books at its gaming facilities in New York.

Posted: June 3, 2019

'You were right and I was wrong': Judge concedes to Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe was back in court to defend its sovereignty amid opposition to a long-delayed gaming facility.

Posted: May 31, 2019

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe hit with $5.5 million fine for gaming law violations

The threat of massive fines are seen as the only way to stop the St. Croix Chippewa Indians from diverting gaming revenues.

Posted: May 13, 2019

Jonodev Chaudhuri lands new job after stint at National Indian Gaming Commission

Jonodev Chaudhuri will be heading up the Indian law and policy practice at the Quarles & Brady firm.

Posted: May 7, 2019

Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights

The Ponca Tribe can engage in gaming on its trust land in Iowa, federal regulators ruled for a third time in the long-running saga.

Posted: May 2, 2019

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe accused of numerous violations of gaming laws

Federal regulators outlined a whopping 527 violations of law at the St. Croix Chippewa gaming enterprise.

Posted: April 22, 2019

National Indian Gaming Commission publishes list of tribes with approved ordinances

According to federal regulators, 290 tribes across the nation have approved Class III gaming ordinances.

Posted: April 4, 2019

Ponca Tribe remains confident after judge's ruling affecting new casino

A new court decision doesn't undermine the Ponca Tribe's sovereignty or its gaming rights, Chairman Larry Wright Jr said.

Posted: March 29, 2019

Ponca Tribe sees setback with federal judge's decision on new casino

As the descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear recover from disastrous flooding, a federal judge has cast doubt on their new gaming facility.

Posted: March 27, 2019

Indian gaming industry grows in revenues but not in number of facilities

The number of tribal casinos has remained relatively the same in recent years despite overall growth in revenues.

Posted: March 27, 2019

Frank's Landing Indian Community loses decision in sovereignty case

The Frank's Landing Indian Community cannot engage in gaming on its homelands in Washington state, according to a federal appeals court.

Posted: March 13, 2019

#StateOfIndianGaming Talk: 'The future of American Indian gaming'

The Brookings Institution is holding a talk on the future of Indian gaming with key stakeholders.

Posted: February 13, 2019

National Indian Gaming Commission names new regional director

The National Indian Gaming Commission continues to serve tribal nations amid the government shutdown.

Posted: January 24, 2019

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

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