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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe wins major victory in homelands litigation

The Trump administration's disjointed tribal homelands policy continues to crumble amid scrutiny in the courts and in Indian Country.

Posted: March 6, 2020

Native Sun News Today: Alcohol sales at casinos proposed

Voters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are being asked to approve the sale of alcohol at gaming establishments on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Posted: March 5, 2020

Oklahoma tribes compete for commercial casino in Arkansas

The Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation continue to compete for a commercial casino in Arkansas, where one of their fellow tribes is already up and running.

Posted: November 25, 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

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

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

Meskwaki Nation supports state jurisdiction over non-Indians at casino

The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that arose from an incident at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Nation.

Posted: July 12, 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

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

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

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

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

Open Secrets: Lobbyists rely on Trump administration to block tribal projects

Non-Indian interests have hired lobbyists close to President Donald Trump in hopes of derailing tribes. The strategy appears to be working.

Posted: May 23, 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

Poarch Band of Creek Indians said to be on Trump's radar

Are the Poarch Band of Creek Indians the next target of President Trump and his terrifying tweets?

Posted: May 9, 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

Sports betting moves slowly amid concerns from tribes in several states

A landmark Supreme Court decision opened the door for states to offer sports betting but only a handful have done so amid concerns in Indian Country.

Posted: April 9, 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

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

Cronkite News: Debate on sports betting bill delayed in Arizona

Sports betting might be coming soon to Arizona but the wait will be a little longer than expected.

Posted: February 11, 2019

Tribes move slowly when it comes to sports betting industry

A landmark Supreme Court decision opened the door for sports betting but tribes aren't rushing to join the industry.

Posted: January 29, 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

'Like dropping a bomb': Nansemond Indian Nation bashes another tribe's casino plan

The newly recognized Nansemond Indian Nation isn't happy about another tribe's plan for a casino in Virginia.

Posted: January 14, 2019

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

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

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