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Indian Gaming: Latest News
11:42am 4-6-2020
 
 
article Tribal casino closures will 'be crippling for some' if stretched into June, casino GM predicts
(California) -- Helen Galaris of Los Angeles has been visiting Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on weekends for years. As a loyal customer, Galaris has a host who...
article Lockdowns imperil state-level ballot initiatives
(California) -- A Michigan bid to raise taxes on the rich hits the rocks. A proposed amendment allowing sports betting at Indian casinos in California stalls. An effort...
article Pechanga Indian Tribe donates N95 masks to 3 Riverside County hospitals to help with coronavirus
(California) -- Three hospitals in western Riverside County were able to replenish their critical stock of N95 masks thanks to a donation from The Pechanga Band of...
article Rincon tribe extends closure through mid-April
(California) -- Due to the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19, the Rincon Tribal Council this announced the extension of its temporary closure of both their tribal...
article Connecticut Gov Lamont Rebuffs Request to Allow Tribal Online Gaming During Coronavirus Crisis
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday shot down a request by regional officials in the eastern part of the state to allow the Mashantucket Pequot and...
article Mohegan Sun, Mohegan tribe organize food distribution
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and The Mohegan Tribe recently organized a drive-thru food giveaway for team members. At the direction of Mohegan Tribal leadership, 100...
article Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel helps tribal food distribution efforts
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel might be closed, but it’s still been a busy space. The casino and hotel announced its temporary closure March 18 in...
article White Earth team delivers 1,000 meals daily to elders with Shooting Star's help
(Minnesota) -- After closing the Shooting Star Casinos on March 18 because of the coronavirus, the Mahnomen location quickly became the base for the White Earth...
article Casino and lodge to remain closed
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Lodge and Casino is remaining closed forseeable future. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community extended the closure along with Gov. Jay...
article 5th Circ. Backs Block On West Texas Tribe's Bingo [reg req]
(Texas) -- The Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court decision blocking the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo from offering bingo, saying the arguments the Texas tribe raised against...
 
 
Native News: Latest News
11:45am 4-6-2020
 
 
article Americans hit by economic shocks as confusion, stumbles undermine Trump’s stimulus effort
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has stumbled in its initial push to implement the $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, with confusion and fear mounting...
article U.S. 'wasted' months before preparing for virus pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump...
article Santa Fe Indian Market called off this summer; SWAIA eyes virtual alternative
(New Mexico) -- The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts will not hold its Santa Fe Indian Market this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, Randy Randall,...
article Surgeon general: 'This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives'
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic that the week ahead would be the “hardest and the saddest...
article Standing Rock Reservation copes with coronavirus pandemic
(North Dakota) -- When Gov. Doug Burgum ordered all restaurants, bars and similar establishments to close on-site services to help slow the spread of the coronavirus,...
article Native American Tribes Respond to Pandemic With Limited Resources
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes are restricting access to reservations, while trying to increase limited supplies as the coronavirus spreads in the U.S. The...
article Pascua Yaqui tribe limits attendance at ceremonies during Lenten season amid pandemic
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui tribe is limiting who can attend ceremonies for the remainder of the Lenten season. The ceremonial leaders say only cultural participants...
article ‘We are not prepared’: Inuit brace for coronavirus to reach remote communities
(Nunavut) -- Canada’s Inuit leaders are nervously watching the coronavirus creep closer and closer, and hoping they can keep it from reaching their communities,...
article A remote First Nation prepares for its most daunting challenge: limiting the spread of coronavirus
(Ontario) -- Isolation has so far protected many of Canada’s remote Indigenous communities from the coronavirus. Far from the big cities where the virus is taking...
article Several First Nations grapple with confirmed COVID-19 cases
(Canada) -- At least nine First Nations have confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising concerns about further transmission and prompting calls for greater responses from the...
article Parenting in a Pandemic: How this Montana family is caring for 9 kids amid coronavirus
(Montana) -- As schools and businesses close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Cal Walks Over Ice, a member of the Crow Tribe, knew the pandemic would compound...
article Canada's oil-industry implosion could affect Enbridge's Minnesota pipeline project
(Minnesota) -- As Enbridge nears it goal of building a controversial $2.6 billion pipeline across northern Minnesota, Canada’s oil industry is imploding. The U.S....
article Meetings roundup: County Commission will learn about plan regarding development near Chaco
(New Mexico) -- The San Juan County Commission will hear a presentation about the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office’s resource management plan...
article Santa Fe Indian Center offering care packages
(New Mexico) -- The Santa Fe Indian Center, which provides food programs, emergency financial assistance and community gatherings to the Native community in Santa Fe...
article Jonna D. Kauger Kirschner works as Chickasaw Nation Industries' first senior vice president of economic development
(Oklahoma) -- Name: Jonna D. Kauger Kirschner, 58, American attorney and British solicitor. Career highlights: I was invited to serve on the board of Red Earth in 1998...
article One-on-One with Shyla Sheppard
(New Mexico) -- Shyla Sheppard’s journey from North Dakota reservation to Stanford University to venture capitalist to Albuquerque brewery owner has much to do...
article COVID-19 hits the Navajo Nation hard, KSUT speaks with Chief Medical Officer
(Arizona) -- The coronavirus pandemic is hitting the Navajo Nation particularly hard. As of Sunday, April 5th, more than 300 tribal members have been diagnosed with...
article As the country disinfects, diabetes patients can’t find rubbing alcohol
(USA) -- While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing alcohol or...
article Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of COVID-19 but being left out of the official count
(USA) -- The fast-spreading novel coronavirus is almost certainly killing Americans who are not included in the nation’s growing death toll, according to public...
article Mi'kmaq community finding ways to come together and maintain tradition during COVID-19
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Mi'kmaq community in P.E.I. is finding creative ways to maintain culture and tradition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of...
article Native American trails key to settlement
(North Carolina) -- As our ability to change the geography to suit our needs grew more powerful and bridges became less expensive to build, highways were built around...
article Cherokees relish newfound respect despite threats
(Oklahoma) -- In the early spring of 2018, Joe Byrd found a seat on the airport shuttle headed to Tulsa International Airport, and over the radio heard a familiar, yet...
article Brazil state seeks federal troops over indigenous killings
(Brazil) -- The Brazilian state of Maranhao is asking the federal government to send National Guard troops to the Arariboia Indigenous Territory after a string of...
article Healthy Land, Healthy Food, Healthy People: A Cochiti Invitation to Join Us at the Table
(New Mexico) -- The tendency for philanthropy to act in silos severs the connections between land and food, food and people, and health and environmental balance. It is...
article PASSING: Former Ak-Chin Chairman Louis Manuel dies
(Arizona) -- Louis J. Manuel Jr., former chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, has died, according to family members. Manuel, 57, was at the forefront of Ak-Chin...
 
 
Gaming: Latest News
12:55pm 4-6-2020
 
 
article AGA CEO Statement on the SBA’s Interim Guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program
(Washington D.C.) -- American Gaming Association President and CEO Bill Miller released the following statement on the interim regulatory guidelines issued by the Small...
article Coronavirus bailout rules preclude small casinos
(Washington D.C.) -- A clause that precludes small casinos and their employees from receiving support under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection...
article Rounds: Gaming facilities impacted by the effects of COVID-19 should be eligible for small business relief program
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to allow gaming operations to participate in...
article Closed and Without March Madness Bets, Sports Betting Faces New Pressures
(Iowa) -- The Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino had planned an advertising campaign, looking to beckon visiting college basketball fans to its sports book. A rival,...
article Russian ping-pong? Belarussian soccer? In age of coronavirus, sports gamblers find way
(Pennsylvania) -- The current pandemic is causing all of us to wrestle with some of life’s most difficult questions: What day is it? What drawer do I keep my pants...
article VELOTTA: Put homeless in Vegas hotels during coronavirus shutdown? No. Here’s why
(Las Vegas) -- Should Las Vegas resort operators grant the wishes of advocates who are suggesting that the homeless be sheltered in some of the city’s nearly 150,...
article Many Las Vegas workers in limbo without work or unemployment pay
(Las Vegas) -- When Nevada casinos shut down on March 18, a number of local operators offered employees one or two weeks of pay and benefits. That time is up for a...
article NJ is losing $540M a month in revenue from closed casinos: industry bigs
(New Jersey) -- The coronavirus could break the house for Atlantic City’s casinos, industry experts and officials say. The gambling mecca on the Jersey Shore is...
article Encore Boston Harbor donates masks, gloves & food as state extends closure to May 4
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor has donated masks, gloves, other personal protective equipment and food for the state to distrubition to area hospitals and food...
article William Hill Sports Betting Company Poised To Be Regional Player
(Maryland) -- Little is certain in the world these days, and in the very large category of the many loose ends in the coronavirus pandemic era is the question of what...
article 1,100 employees at del Lago furloughed until further notice
(New York) -- Employees have been paid at del Lago Resort & Casino even though it has been closed since March 16th. This week the practice will end, and employees...
article 3 Cripple Creek casinos win sports wagering licenses
(Colorado) -- Century Casino, Colorado Grande Hotel & Casino and Johnny Nolon’s Casino, all in Cripple Creek, are among eight Colorado casinos that received...
article Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Says Return of Horse Racing Still Months Away
(Kentucky) -- Some members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) may be clamoring for live racing to return to the state. But as long as COVID-19 is still a...
article Covid-19 coronavirus: Salvation Army worries about rise in online gambling sites
(New Zealand) -- The Salvation Army's gambling addiction support service is worried about the increased number of online gambling sites. The head of the organisation...
article SkyCity dismisses hundreds of workers as of today
(New Zealand) -- SkyCity has broken the law by sacking hundreds of workers as of today with no consultation or discussion. Salaried managers at SkyCity were told on...
article Macau gaming non-res workers down 191 in Feb, March
(Macau) -- Macau has seen a net reduction of 191 non-resident workers employed in the local gaming industry during the months of February and March, according to figures...
article Singapore to create new gaming authority, revise laws
(Singapore) -- A new centralised authority to oversee the entire gambling industry in Singapore will be established by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2021. The new body...
article Cambodian Casino Town May Be the Future After Coronavirus
(Cambodia) -- When Kang Qiang looks out the window of his 20th floor office on the Cambodian coast, he sees heavy equipment used to create high-rise buildings. But there...
article Casino shutdown in the Philippines could be extended
(Philippines) -- Gaming action in the Philippines went dark on March 15 as the country began taking measures to combat the coronavirus. President Rodrigo Duterte issued...
article Indians are turning to online gambling as casinos shuts down
(India) -- It has been a turbulent couple of months for many industries and companies around the world. This is as a result of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that has...
article Bingo players nabbed for breaking quarantine rules in Baguio
(Philippines) -- Six men were apprehended on Sunday (Palm Sunday, April 5) for playing bingo in violation of quarantine rules that prohibit assemblies to prevent the...
article Hold the rice: Couples scramble to reschedule Vegas weddings
(Las Vegas) -- Logan Charnell was within two days of his scheduled leave from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, with plans to marry his fiancee, Alyssa Bayudan, in...
article Las Vegas Sands Covering Pay for 1,200 Third-Party Restaurant Workers
(Las Vegas) -- After agreeing to pay wages and benefits for its own 10,000 workers for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) now...
press release Station Casinos donates $1M to COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
(Las Vegas) -- Stations Casinos says it has contributed $1 million to Nevada's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The company says the money will be used to purchase...
article Column: Unless experts are wrong, it’ll be later than sooner for return of sports
(California) -- On this much we can agree: We want our lives back. We want to high-five friends, not stand six feet away from them. We want to hug family members, not...
article When should professional sports restart? Cuomo says to let the experts decide
(New York) -- Andrew Cuomo offered a short discourse on cabin fever during Sunday’s news briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, but the New York governor said it...
article Colorado's Sports Betting Market Could Generate $6B in Annual Wagers After Games Are Back on, According to PlayColorado
(Colorado) -- Colorado's sports betting industry will eventually generate billions of dollars in bets annually, hundreds of millions in operator revenue, and...
 
 
Press Releases
10:44am 3-27-2020
 
 
NIGA: CONGRESS TO PASS COVID-3 CARES ACT: Establishes Tribal Coronavirus Relief Fund
(Washington D.C.) -- SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE   Late last night, the Senate finalized negotiations for the third COVID-19 relief...
 

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