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Indian Gaming: Latest News
3:51pm 3-30-2015
 
 
article Gambling officials declare conflicts
(California) -- Two officials at the state agency overseeing gambling disclosed they had conflicts of interest recently when it came time to decide on a matter affecting...
article U.S. Senator Equivocates On Online Gambling Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham is apparently ambivalent on state lottery sales. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the man driving the Senate...
article Report: Indian gaming revenue hits record $28.3 billion in 2013
(Las Vegas) -- The nation’s Indian gaming industry grew revenue for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, although the less than 1 percent uptick was the lowest...
article Florida committee stalls casino bill; Georgia and Tennessee push for casinos
(Florida) -- A flurry of pro-casino activity has erupted in several southern US states, although much of it is expected to fail, at least initially. In Florida, the...
article BIA rejects Menominee Nation off-reservation gaming compact
(Wisconsin) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected a Class III gaming compact between the Menominee Nation and the state of Wisconsin earlier this month, calling the...
article Let the Tribal Gaming Chess Match Begin in the Northeast - By John Hendrie
(Connecticut) -- Who shall reign supreme in the Northeast Gaming world? It all started with Foxwoods in Connecticut and then followed by Mohegan Sun.
article Springfield's steps toward casino reality worth watching in New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- There are many similarities between the MGM plan and the proposed KG Urban Enterprises development on the New Bedford waterfront.
article Sault Tribe Officials Seek Dismissal of Lansing Casino Lawsuit
(Michigan) -- On Friday, March 20, 2015, tribal government officials of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (“Tribe”) filed a motion to dismiss...
article Fort Peck Tribal Council’s straw poll ends $33 million casino project
(Montana) -- After a straw poll taken Thursday afternoon, March 26, the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board put a stop to the $33 million casino project in Fort Kipp and...
article OPINION — Kimberlin: Gambling should not be legalized in Texas
(Texas) -- Several factors need to be taken into account when talking about legalizing gambling. This would be detrimental to our Texan way of living in many aspects.
article Oklahoma attorney general appeals Broken Arrow casino case to US Supreme Court
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma attorney general wants the nation's highest court to overturn an appeals court ruling that tossed the state's challenge of a planned...
 
 
Native News: Latest News
3:51pm 3-30-2015
 
 
article Indian Country Braces for Battle With Adoption Industry Over ICWA Guidelines
(Oklahoma) -- Last month, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced the release of new guidelines in the Federal Register to ensure...
article Violence against Indigenous women and the case of Cindy Gladue
(British Columbia) -- This conversation is triggering and discusses violence against and the injuries of Indigenous women. I wish we didn't have to have it and that...
article AP is considering its policy on ‘Redskins’
(Washington D.C.) -- A tidbit of news coming from the annual confab of the American Copy Editors Society: How to handle the controversy over the name “Redskins...
article Opinion: It’s time for Cleveland Indians to drop racist logo, not shift blame
(Maine) -- Our campaign to end the use of Native American nicknames and mascots by Maine’s public schools has reached the last community, Skowhegan, still clinging...
article New Canadian Counterterrorism Law Threatens Environmental Groups
(Canada) -- Geraldine Thomas-Flurer, who campaigns for environmental protection on behalf of indigenous First Nations in Canada, wasn’t surprised when, in 2012,...
article First Nation occupies fisheries office in B.C. as herring fight escalates
(British Columbia) -- Members of a First Nation in B.C. are occupying a federal fisheries office in their latest action against a contentious herring fishery on the...
article OP/ED: Tribal water compact eerily similar to electrical deregulation
(Montana) -- Volumes have been written about how the 2015 Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes’ water compact is unconstitutional, costly, and sets in motion risky...
article Tribes claim radioactive material being carried by wind from former FMC site
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes issued a warning Saturday evening regarding what they called "a health concern" about radioactive material being carried...
article Mi’kmaw chiefs ready to take their fight over welfare rates to the Supreme Court
(Nova Scotia) -- Chiefs in the Maritimes are ready to take the federal government to the Supreme Court of Canada over a plan by Aboriginal Affairs (AANDC) to cut social...
article Jury Rules Against Vern Traversie; ‘A Victory In Itself’ He Says
(South Dakota) -- On Friday, March 27, a jury in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota ruled against Vern R. Traversie, a legally blind Lakota elder from South Dakota...
article Conference focuses on violence against American Indian women
(South Dakota) -- A one-day conference in Rapid City on Tuesday is focusing on violence against women on American Indian reservations.
article Isleta Elementary moves to tribal control
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Education has officially authorized the conversion of Isleta Elementary School from a BIE school – a government operation...
article When bones are uncovered and unidentified, the state steps in
(South Dakota) -- While working on a county road near Hecla in northeastern South Dakota in 2002, the highway crew clearing brush uprooted a tree and unearthed a mystery.
article A glimpse of life on the reservation
(Montana) -- Growing up in Germany, everything Felix von der Osten learned about Native Americans came from the books of 19th-century German writer Karl May.
article Class takes a walk in Standing Bear's footsteps
(Nebraska) -- The days must have been hotter, longer than anyone on this pleasant spring morning could begin to imagine. Ryan Christensen knows he could never fully...
article CRIMINAL: Prof. bashes Christopher Columbus with wanted poster
(Michigan) -- A professor at the University of Michigan-Flint put up a poster of Christopher Columbus as a wanted criminal on the anthropology program’s faculty...
article VIDEO: 1-day Maple Leafs contract for Beardy's boy
(Saskatchewan) -- Just as Cinderella comes out in theatres, a Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation boy has learned dreams really come true. On Thursday, Garrett...
article Opposition calls on Manitoba government to release review into Tina Fontaine’s death
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s Opposition is accusing the governing NDP of sitting on an internal investigation into how a 15-year-old girl in the care of social workers...
article Former Tribal Chairman’s Daughter is Missing and Presumed to be a Runaway
(South Dakota) -- It has been an agonizing and emotional several weeks for Brandon Sazue, the former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, whose daughter, Blake...
 
 
Gaming: Latest News
2:56pm 3-30-2015
 
 
article Harry Reid’s Retirement Might Just Be A Good Thing For Online Poker
(Washington D.C.) -- Harry Reid, the long-serving senator from Nevada and current Senate Minority Leader, has announced he will not be seeking reelection in 2016.
article Anti-Online Poker Politician Willing To Give Carve-Out For Online Lottery Ticket Sales
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who said he has never used email in his life, is open to the idea of a RAWA carve-out for state lotteries wishing...
article Shuffle up and deal ... in Texas?
(Texas) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Barton is ready to ante up again. Barton, who has supported legalizing online poker for years, plans to file a bill to do so in the next month...
article Dearth Of Mobile Betting Adds Up To Long March Madness Lines At Vegas Sports Books
(Las Vegas) -- Hundreds of thousands of tourists hit Las Vegas this past weekend for the kickoff of March Madness. Las Vegas offers an atmosphere that no other city can...
article Another expected Revel bidder emerges
(Atlantic City) -- Could we be looking at a bidding war for the hapless Revel casino? Well, last week I reported on an imminent bid by New York and New Jersey real...
article Battle heats up in Atlantic City over plan for college campus at former Showboat casino
(Atlantic City) -- The head of Atlantic City's main casino workers' union is accusing billionaire investor Carl Icahn of trying to "disembowel" the...
article Report leaves many questions about Atlantic City's future
(Atlantic City) -- Emergency managers appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recommend spending cuts and layoffs as a starting point toward getting Atlantic City...
article Exclusive: Atlantic City gets extension of state loan due Tuesday
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City, New Jersey's struggling gambling hub, will get a 60-day extension of a $40 million state loan that is due Tuesday, the city's...
article Georgia > Amendment to Legalize Casino, Horse Race Gambling Introduced
(Georgia) -- While Florida debates (and likely passes) on legislation to expand gambling in the state, Georgia is heading in the other direction.
article After laying low on expanded gambling, Kentucky lawmaker plans push in 2016
(Kentucky) -- The state legislative session that ended last week was the first in years in which the subject of whether Kentucky should have expanded gambling didn't...
article Erie casino seeks fewer slot machines, table games
(Pennsylvania) -- Presque Isle Downs & Casino wants to reduce the number of slot machines and table games as part of its plan to make $5 million in improvements and...
article Company pulls out of Lawrence County casino project
(Pennsylvania) -- Efforts to land Pennsylvania's final casino and racetrack license in Lawrence County suffered another in a long series of setbacks Monday when Penn...
article A racetrack model to improve racing - right here in the US
(Maryland) -- On Tuesday, Karen Johnson wrote on promising recent developments at The Stronach Group’s (TSG) Gulfstream Park property, and exciting plans for the...
article Delaware Player Traffic Skyrockets
(Delaware) -- The merger of player pools between the states of Delaware and Nevada on Tuesday has resulted in a tremendous boost in traffic for online poker players in...
article NYRA's On-Track Handle Rises in 2014
(New York) -- Total on-track handle at the New York Racing Association's three tracks rose 2% to $374,387,425 in 2014, the second-highest total over the past six...
article Hollywood Casino parent pulls plug on project
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino's parent company on Monday pulled out of a proposed racino project, citing market saturation in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
article Mississippi Casino Taxes to Be Used for Infrastructure Improvements
(Mississippi) -- Mississippi officials met yesterday to discuss the well-known House Bill 1630, related to the utilization of casino taxes for maintaining roads and...
article New Orleans anti-smoking ordinance could dampen Louisiana economy
(Louisiana) -- On New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street, well-dressed men in front of strip clubs beckon you inside. On Bourbon Street you’ll find risqué...
article Lottery winners give economists much to ponder
(Florida) -- Henry Fielding, author of “Tom Jones,” wrote that “A Lottery is a Taxation upon all the Fools in Creation.” The less poetic put it...
article Is video gaming a sport? E-gaming finds credibility among colleges, sports networks
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s a Tuesday night in the Willard Building on the Penn State campus. More than 30 students gather in a third-floor room to discuss plays,...
article Quebec government mulls ISP blocking of online gambling sites
(Quebec) -- The Canadian provincial government in Quebec revealed in a budget statement Thursday that it plans to introduce a legislative amendment to “introduce...
article Amaya sells Cadillac Jack casino games to Apollo Global Management for $476M
(Quebec) -- Amaya announced a $476-million deal Monday to sell its holdings in the Cadillac Jack casino game business as the PokerStars owner focuses on the lucrative...
article Spain to Impose Online Gambling Advertising Restrictions
(Spain) -- Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego, the Spanish gambling regulator, announced that stricter measures have been taken towards the implementation of new...
article Director of online gambling firm linked to two Premier League football clubs arrested in £21m fraud probe
(UK) -- A director of an online gambling firm linked to Harry Redknapp and two Premier League football clubs has been arrested over a £21m fraud probe, it has...
article High stake gambling machines load dice against seaside amusement arcades
(UK) -- Seaside amusement arcades have joined the campaign against high-stakes gambling terminals – fearing a backlash against ‘softer’ games. Bacta,...
article Government branded ‘bunch of tossers’ over machine regulations
(UK) -- Lord Lipsey has called the Government ‘a bunch of tossers’ for not implementing the Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations...
article Japan casino legalisation bill delayed again in latest blow
(Japan) -- Prospects for legalising casino gambling in Japan suffered another blow on Monday as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing "integrated resorts", as...
article South African Casino Industry Loses Major Operator
(South Africa) -- It was announced more than a week ago that Sun International, South Africa’s second-largest casino operator, would purchase its competitor...
article Bad bets: Compulsive gambling can snare people, devastate lives
(North Dakota) -- Each year, when March Madness rolls around, many people plunk money down in hopes of winning office pools that infuse a bit of fun and build...
article City Council candidates weigh in on video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Video gambling cafes continue to pop up around Galesburg, with the most recent one applying to open in the strip off Henderson and Dayton Streets, steps...
article Odds improving for return of bingo in Tennessee
(Tennessee) -- Bingo games to benefit charitable causes, explicitly banned in Tennessee after the 1980s "Rocky Top" state government corruption scandal, could...
 
 
Press Releases
3:49pm 3-27-2015
 
 
Insight: ALC’s Holmes emphasises importance of future planning
(California) -- Phil Holmes, vice-president of strategy and planning at the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC), has urged gambling companies to peer into the future if...
PPA: Hearing on Sheldon Adelson’s Bill to Ban Online Gambling an Exercise in Fear Mongering
(Washington D.C.) -- The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, today urged...
Rocha ready to put ‘tribal gaming in global context’ at GiGse
(California) -- Victor Rocha, the award-winning editor and owner of influential portal Pechanga.net, is keen to gauge the state of the Tribal gaming market at GiGse next...
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Granted Conditional Independent Testing Laboratory Certification by Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) was granted conditional independent testing laboratory certification, pursuant to Massachusetts...
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Stages Extremely Successful 15th Annual North American Regulators Roundtable
(Las Vegas) -- More than 300 regulators from across North America and the Caribbean packed Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas recently for Gaming Laboratories International...
Ortiz Gaming to Raise Expectation at the National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow and Conference in San Diego
(California) -- Ortiz Gaming is poised to once again dazzle Tribal Casinos at the 2015 National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) tradeshow and convention this...
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Welcomes Brais Pena to GLI Spain Team
(Spain) -- Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has welcomed iGaming expert Brais Pena to its EMEA Development Team. Pena will be based in the company’s...
Turning an idea into a game in one day – the Koolbit way
(California) -- Attendees at GiGse next month in San Francisco, California will be able to discover how an idea can be turned into a flagship game within a matter of...
Tribal Leaders Form Cannabis Association
(Las Vegas) -- Leaders from 27 American Indian nations and tribes met on March 12, 2015 to discuss the potential legalization of marijuana within tribal territories....
 

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