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Umatilla Tribes reopen casino after addressing coronavirus

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation reopened their gaming facility after addressing fears connected to the coronavirus in Oregon.

Posted: March 5, 2020

Umatilla Tribes shut down casino and takes precautions as coronavirus hits Indian Country

A casino employee tested 'presumptive positive' for the coronavirus, prompting the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation into action.

Posted: March 2, 2020

Pokagon Band shares another $860,000 in gaming revenues in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians continues a unique arrangement that began under former mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is now a leading Democratic candidate for president.

Posted: February 19, 2020

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe turns to Congress after hitting end of road at Supreme Court

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe won't be able to argue for its gaming rights at the nation's highest court.

Posted: January 27, 2020

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends sovereignty in gaming case

Class II gaming is not subject to state or local jurisdiction but a federal judge is trying to force the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to cede authority anyway.

Posted: January 27, 2020

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $90 million expansion of casino hotel

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to expand its commercial casino in Pennsylvania, just months after taking over the facility.

Posted: December 4, 2019

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes move forward with casino expansion

Citizens of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes approved a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in order to obtain financing for a gaming project.

Posted: December 3, 2019

Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino

The Tohono O'odham Nation will be hiring up to 1,300 people for its casino near Arizona's biggest city.

Posted: November 27, 2019

Enterprise Rancheria debuts long-awaited 'Hard Rock' casino

With a customary guitar smash, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria opened a casino in partnership with the Seminole Tribe's well-known Hard Rock brand.

Posted: November 18, 2019

Seminole Tribe continues to hire employees for $1.5 billion casino expansion

A two-day job fair at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino comes after the debut of a striking 638-room hotel in the shape of a 450-foot tall guitar.

Posted: November 18, 2019

Pascua Yaqui Tribe debuts 151-room hotel at casino

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe welcomed visitors to a new hotel at one of its gaming facilities in Arizona.

Posted: November 13, 2019

Chemehuevi Tribe sets grand opening for new casino

After years of work, the Chemehuevi Tribe is finally ready to celebrate.

Posted: November 13, 2019

Agua Caliente Band breaks ground on third gaming facility

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will open another casino in southern California after winning approval from the federal government.

Posted: November 5, 2019

Pokagon Band negotiates historic Class III gaming compact in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians continues to plan big for its gaming facility in Indiana.

Posted: November 4, 2019

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive commitment letter from Bank of America

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are moving forward with the renovation and expansion of the Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma.

Posted: October 30, 2019

Stillaguamish Tribe unveils long-awaited 'Xpansion' of casino

The Stillaguamish Tribe added new restaurants, an events space and more to its gaming facility in Washington state.

Posted: October 29, 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

Quapaw Nation debuts casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is paying tribute to one of its chiefs with a commercial casino in Arkansas.

Posted: October 1, 2019

Eastern Shawnee Tribe announces closure of 'Bordertown' casino

Four years after welcoming big crowds to its Western-themed gaming facility, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe is calling it quits.

Posted: September 27, 2019

Pokagon Band in early stages of Class III gaming compact talks in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is set to make history again by entering into a Class III gaming compact in Indiana.

Posted: September 9, 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

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community invests nearly $50 million in gaming projects

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is on track to complete an expansion of its flagship casino after unveiling upgrades at another facility.

Posted: August 26, 2019

Shawnee Tribe announces September 12 opening date for long-awaited casino

It took more than a decade but the Shawnee Tribe is finally ready to debut the Golden Mesa Casino.

Posted: August 26, 2019

Enterprise Rancheria getting closer to debut of long-awaited casino

The Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria is getting ready to welcome guests to its Hard Rock development in California.

Posted: August 14, 2019

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shares less with citizens

Some citizens of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are upset that their gaming per capita payments haven't kept up with the times.

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

Leech Lake Band debuts new casino by setting fry bread record

The Leech Lake Band set a Guinness World Record with a fry bread that weighed 150.2 pounds.

Posted: August 13, 2019

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares to offer sports betting

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving quickly in the wake of a new sports betting law in North Carolina.

Posted: July 29, 2019

Quapaw Nation announces groundbreaking for casino on ancestral territory

The Quapaw Nation plans to open a casino resort in Arkansas next spring but gaming machines will debut much sooner.

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

'There was no substance': Ryan Zinke claims exoneration in Indian gaming scandal

The former leader of the Department of the Interior is telling the media and energy interests that he's been cleared of wrongdoing.

Posted: July 23, 2019

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe continues to fight for gaming rights

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans to appeal a judge's decision that places construction of a long-awaited casino under local jurisdiction.

Posted: July 17, 2019

Wilton Rancheria remains optimistic for long-awaited casino

The Wilton Rancheria continues to plan for a late 2020 opening for its casino amid ongoing litigation filed by opponents in California.

Posted: July 16, 2019

'We are thrilled': Spokane Tribe prevails in challenge to new casino

The Spokane Tribe has rebuffed a rival Indian nation's lawsuit.

Posted: July 15, 2019

Nooksack Tribe gets back into Class III gaming with updated compact

The Nooksack Tribe is getting back into the Class III gaming industry after a nearly four-year absence.

Posted: July 11, 2019

Osage Nation breaks ground on $28 million hotel at casino

The Osage Nation continues to expand its flagship gaming facility in Oklahoma with a $28 million hotel tower.

Posted: July 9, 2019

Umatilla Tribes begin work on $85 million casino expansion project

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are adding more family-friendly amenities to their casino in Oregon.

Posted: July 9, 2019

Seminole Tribe creates thousands of jobs with $2.2 billion gaming expansion project

The Seminole Tribe is creating thousands of jobs in Florida as part of a $2.2 billion gaming expansion project at two facilities.

Posted: July 2, 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

Muscogee (Creek) Nation reopens most of casino after historic flooding

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation welcomed visitors back to its flagship gaming facility nearly a month after being shut down.

Posted: June 24, 2019

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe told to seek local permits to build casino

Despite winning a landmark sovereignty case, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to seek local approval to construct a building that will house a Class II gaming facility.

Posted: June 20, 2019

Pueblo of Laguna plans $55 million investment in racetrack in Kentucky

After years of setbacks, the Pueblo of Laguna is finally entering the commercial gaming industry.

Posted: June 18, 2019

Quapaw Nation returns home with gaming project in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation has won approval to open a commercial casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas.

Posted: June 13, 2019

Mohegan Tribe continues to expand gaming footprint around the globe

The Mohegan Tribe has expanded its gaming and entertainment portfolio to Canada amid ongoing efforts closer to home.

Posted: June 12, 2019

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation celebrates milestone in casino construction

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is on track to complete its brand new gaming facility in Arizona.

Posted: June 10, 2019

Eastern Shoshone Tribe announces cost-cutting measures at casino

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is laying off employees, reducing hours and implementing other cost-cutting measures at its casino in Wyoming.

Posted: June 7, 2019

Muscogee (Creek) Nation renews lawsuit over desecration of burial ground

A completed casino expansion on Creek territory in Alabama continues to generate friction between two tribes.

Posted: June 5, 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

Nottawaseppi Huron Band prepares for casino milestone with new hotel tower

Gaming continues to be good business for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

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

Choctaw Nation extends partnership with Major League Baseball team

The Choctaw Nation's gaming enterprise will serve as the 'exclusive' casino for the Texas Rangers.

Posted: May 30, 2019

Comanche Nation 'disappointed' with end to dispute over rival tribal casino

The Comanche Nation has hit the end of the road with its challenge to another tribe's casino.

Posted: May 30, 2019

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe pushes back opening date of long-awaited casino

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is heading back to court to defend its sovereignty.

Posted: May 29, 2019

Poarch Band of Creek Indians joins commercial gaming industry in Pennsylvania

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has secured regulatory approval to acquire and operate a casino in Pennsylvania.

Posted: May 29, 2019

Cherokee Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation close casinos due to flooding threat

Rising water levels in the Arkansas River are threatening tribal casinos and tribal businesses in Oklahoma.

Posted: May 23, 2019

VIDEO: Buena Vista Rancheria celebrates grand opening of long-awaited casino

It took more than a decade but the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians finally achieved success.

Posted: May 21, 2019

Mayor: Ponca Tribe brings hope to the local community with casino

The Prairie Flower Casino represents much-needed economic development on a plot of land that was previously sitting vacant.

Posted: May 21, 2019

Non-Indian firms that fought tribes in talks for sale of gaming property

'Makes no sense at all,' one gaming consultant said of the potential deal in Massachusetts.

Posted: May 21, 2019

Coyote Valley Tribe announces minimum wage increase amid casino milestone

The Coyote Valley Tribe is celebrating 25 years in the Indian gaming industry with some big changes.

Posted: May 8, 2019

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to defend its sovereignty again.

Posted: May 6, 2019

Stockbridge-Munsee Community loses ruling over rival casino project

The Stockbridge-Munsee Community has once again lost a challenge to a Ho-Chunk Nation casino expansion project.

Posted: May 1, 2019

Non-Indian firm keeps gaming license despite sexual misconduct scandal

Billionaire mogul Steve Wynn trashed tribes in bidding for a casino license in Massachusetts. His legacy lives on.

Posted: April 30, 2019

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Groundbreaking set for casino expansion

The Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma, is getting a five-story hotel, a conference center and more gaming space.

Posted: April 29, 2019

Cowlitz Tribe debuts convenience store and gas station on gaming anniversary

It's been two years since the Cowlitz Tribe opened its long-awaited gaming facility and business only continues to grow.

Posted: April 22, 2019

New Interior leader had 'absolutely nothing to do with' stalled tribal casino

David Bernhardt gets credit for doing a lot at the Department of the Interior. Except when it might get him into trouble.

Posted: April 17, 2019

Kalispel Tribe welcomes visitors to new gaming facility in Washington

The Kalispel Tribe, one of the pioneers in the Indian gaming industry, is hoping to draw patrons closer to home.

Posted: April 15, 2019

Lac Courte Oreilles Band acquires golf course as complement to casino

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians bought the Big Fish Golf Club for $1.1 million.

Posted: April 10, 2019

Cherokee Nation helps break ground on hotel next to new gaming facility

'Tahlequah is a place that is on the move,' Chief Bill John Baker said of the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Posted: April 9, 2019

Comanche Nation asks Supreme Court to hear dispute over rival tribe's casino

The Comanche Nation is trying to keep a dispute over a new Chickasaw Nation casino alive in the court system.

Posted: April 8, 2019

Buena Vista Rancheria announces grand opening for long-awaited casino

It's taken more than a decade and the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is ready to celebrate.

Posted: April 2, 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

Pueblo of Pojoaque becomes second in New Mexico with sports betting operation

The Thunder Race & Sportsbook is the 'best place to wager on the big game and the track,' according to Pojoaque Pueblo.

Posted: March 18, 2019

Quapaw Nation ready to break ground on commercial casino in Arkansas

The Saracen Casino Resort, named for a Quapaw leader, could be open in less than a year.

Posted: February 25, 2019

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe starts construction on long-awaited gaming facility

After years of legal and political debates, the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino is finally a reality.

Posted: February 25, 2019

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation continues work on new gaming facility

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is building an entirely new casino on its reservation in Arizona.

Posted: February 22, 2019

Enterprise Rancheria celebrates major milestone at long-awaited casino

It's only taken 17 years but the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria is finally going to open a casino.

Posted: February 14, 2019

Osage Nation debuts final piece of $160 million casino expansion project

The first show at the Osage Nation's new performance venue is already sold out.

Posted: February 7, 2019

Ho-Chunk Nation announces plans for expansion of gaming facility

The Ho-Chunk Nation is looking to add a hotel, convention center and more gaming space to its facility in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.

Posted: February 5, 2019

Chicken Ranch Rancheria undertakes casino expansion with eye toward future growth

The Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is making plans to grow the tribal economy.

Posted: February 4, 2019

Patrick Lambert: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reaches gaming milestone

It took a lot of work but the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians officially entered the Class III gaming industry on January 25, 1994.

Posted: February 4, 2019

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes set grand opening for casino expansion project

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are finally opening the doors to a long-awaited casino expansion.

Posted: January 23, 2019

Otoe-Missouria Tribe prepares for February debut of indoor water park

An expansion at the 7 Clans First Council Casino Hotel in Oklahoma features a 19,300 square-foot water park.

Posted: January 23, 2019

Quapaw Nation reaches deal to sell land as it pursues casino in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation plans to sell some of its land in Arkansas now that its gaming dreams are finally being realized.

Posted: January 16, 2019

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $190 million investment in commercial casino

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has big plans for a commercial casino being acquired in Pennsylvania.

Posted: January 16, 2019

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe ready to break ground on $40 million casino expansion

A new hotel tower is on the way at the 7 Cedars Casino in Washington.

Posted: January 16, 2019

Ponca Tribe continues to see strong business at long-awaited casino

Litigation isn't stopping the Ponca Tribe from welcoming customers to its casino in Iowa.

Posted: January 11, 2019

'Morongo has come a long way': Morongo Band starts work on casino expansion

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is celebrating a major project at its casino in southern California.

Posted: January 9, 2019

Wilton Rancheria slated to break ground on long-awaited gaming facility

The Wilton Rancheria is looking forward to another big year of achievements in California.

Posted: January 9, 2019

Comanche Nation loses bid to derail rival tribe's casino

The Comanche Nation has been turned away by yet another federal court as another tribe's gaming empire continues to grow.

Posted: December 17, 2018

Quapaw Nation awaits decision on gaming license in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is planning to build a commercial casino in an area of Arkansas where the tribe has long connections.

Posted: December 12, 2018

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe aims to open casino in the summer

Details remain scarce about the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and its long-awaited casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: December 12, 2018

Mohegan Tribe lands entertaiment partner for casino in South Korea

The Mohegan Tribe is working with a big film studio on a theme park at its casino in South Korea.

Posted: December 10, 2018

Pechanga Band quickly wins approval for naming rights deal

The Pechanga Band's naming rights came as a surprise to local officials and to the tribe which previously held them.

Posted: December 6, 2018

Pueblo of Tesuque 'absolutely pleased' with response to new casino

New Mexico's newest tribal gaming facility opened to the public on the day after Thanksgiving.

Posted: December 6, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still working with backer of derailed casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe isn't the only one reeling from the Trump administration's termination-era decisions.

Posted: December 4, 2018

Pueblo of Tesuque welcomes visitors to new gaming facility

The first new tribal gaming property in northern New Mexico is finally open.

Posted: November 26, 2018

Pueblo of Tesuque getting ready to open new gaming facility

Pueblo of Tesuque officials are expecting large crowds at the Tesuque Casino, which opens a day after Thanksgiving.

Posted: November 19, 2018

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