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“The sad thing is Indian gaming revenue has really plateaued. That means we’re going to have to learn to live with the existing amounts of revenue.” read story >>>

 

— Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior

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Indian Gaming: Latest News
11:53pm 11-25-2014
 
 
article In Chukchansi turmoil, financiers have a bottom line: Will casino reopen?
(California) -- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s financiers have been meeting with the tribe’s separate political factions in hopes of getting them to...
article Pala Interactive live in New Jersey with Palacasino.com
(New Jersey) -- California’s Pala Band of Mission Indians has become the first Native American tribe to launch its online casino in the US state of New Jersey...
article Beyond Gaming / Tribal casinos look at alternatives to boost revenues
(USA) -- American Indian tribes are expanding and renovating casino and hotel facilities in an effort to bolster a lethargic tribal gambling industry that for many...
article Calif. AG sues Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel over online bingo
(California) -- California Attorney General Kamal Harris recently filed a lawsuit against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel for alleged Internet gaming. The suit alleges...
article Tribe spokesman says Calif. AG attempting to weaken tribal governments
(California) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ decision to sue an Indian tribe over online bingo attacks the sovereignty of all tribes, a spokesman for...
article NY court: Seneca golf course not immune from suit
(New York) -- The state's highest court says the Seneca Indian Nation's golf course in western New York lacks sovereign immunity and can be sued. The Court of...
article Foxwoods, biggest US casino, cuts back on gambling
(Connecticut) -- The new CEO of the Foxwoods Resort Casino says it is reducing the number of slot machines and table games to free up space for nightclubs and other...
article Lawsuit Filed - Will Royal River Lose Its Liquor License?
(South Dakota) -- Grabbing a beer or a drink with dinner at Royal River Casino and Hotel, at a concert or at the Family Entertainment Center next door while bowling, has...
article Proposed SE Kansas casino could draw Springfield business from Downstream Casino
(Kansas) -- If a proposal by a collection of investors is approved by Kansas lawmakers, Springfield area casino lovers would have two destinations to visit, both roughly...
article Will gambling pact be renewed? It's a roll of the dice
(Florida) -- Re-upping a lucrative gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe could become a crapshoot when lawmakers return to Tallahassee next year.
article Tribes look to renew gaming compacts
(New Mexico) -- According to information released by the Legislative and Finance Committee, the New Mexico Legislature will consider seven gaming compacts during its...
article Finding an Alternate Path / Flat gaming revenues encourage tribes to look beyond the casino for growth
(USA) -- Welcome to the labyrinth. Tribal gaming presents numerous post-recession options, along roads that must be traveled carefully. While some contain potholes,...
article Mohegan Sun CEO: Retirement won’t stop passion for Catskills casino
(New York) -- Mitchell Grossinger Etess, Mohegan Sun’s CEO, is soon to retire, but he won’t abandon his efforts for a Catskills casino. Etess announced...
article Foxwoods' New CEO Hopes To Diversify Revenue, Get People To Stay Longer
(Connecticut) -- The new CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino says he is focused on diversifying revenue in a way that supplements gambling while trying to get people to stay...
article Tribe disputes alcohol fine
(Oklahoma) -- Two years ago, the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE) fined the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for serving alcohol on a Sunday. Arbitration...
article Major casino developer tapped for downtown plan
(California) -- An architecture firm known for designing large-scale casino hotel complexes has been selected to plan the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’...
article CASINO TRENDS: 10 for '15
(USA) -- This year’s “10 Trends for 2015” contain several issues that were also something we considered in 2014. The interest in those issues has...
article Cashing in slots? They keep the change
(Florida) -- Ask any casino executive why gamblers choose their place rather than a competitor's, and they'll tell you the same thing: customer service. But slot...
article SCHUETZ: It’s Complicated / It’s a brave new world for regulators. Are they up to the challenge?
(California) -- Starting in 2008, I began working as a consultant to the state of Kansas as that state worked to introduce casino gaming within its borders. It was a...
article LETTER: Class II gaming hurts low-income tribal members
(Montana) -- I intended to write this some years ago when the CSKT tribe decided to remodel KwaTaqNuk and Gray Wolf Peak casinos, but I decided it was futile. The...
article Antonio Tarver vs. Johnathon Banks rescheduled for Dec 11th at Pechanga, televised on ESPN2
(California) -- A fractured thumb that forced the cancellation of his scheduled September 29th fight with veteran Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) may prove to have had...
 
 
Native News: Latest News
11:54pm 11-25-2014
 
 
article First Nations to 'resist' complying with financial transparency act
(Canada) -- Three Western Treaty First Nations say they will "resist" the federal government's order to comply with the financial transparency act by...
article Mark Curry named his payday company after a shell company in the movie Wall Street, and other revelations from yesterday's Bloomberg story
(Oklahoma) -- Those interested in Kansas City's lamentable role in the dark world of online predatory lending should hop on over to Bloomberg and read yesterday'...
article Payday lender uses Indian Reservation as front for “criminal usury”
(Oklahoma) -- A clampdown on payday loan companies in the US has seen some companies adopt an elaborate ruse to escape interest-rate regulations, according to Bloomberg...
article Suzan Shown Harjo Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House Ceremony
(Washington D.C.) -- Suzan Shown Harjo has become known of late for her efforts to get the name of the Washington DC football team changed. But that, contrary to what...
article A Thanksgiving Playlist: 20 songs about Pilgrims and Indians
(Arizona) -- Our Thanksgiving playlist features songs about Pilgrims and Indians by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pavement, Adam & the Ants, Roy Orbison, Iron...
article Election grievance against Navajo Nation presidential candidate Russell Begaye dismissed
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals on Monday dismissed the complaint filed against Navajo Nation Council Delegate Russell Begaye, clearing the way...
article Hopi Elections Board looks to include more absentee voters in election process
(Arizona) -- The Hopi Election Board hopes to revise some parts of the election process, especially the way the tribe deals with absentee ballots, through amendments to...
article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe to issue IDs at tournament
(South Dakota) -- For the first time in its history the Oglala Sioux Tribe will bring its enrollment office to the public. During this year’s Lakota Nation...
article Judge Rules Redskins Trademark Defense Can Move Forward
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins’ legal fight to defend its trademarks can proceed in a federal district court, a judge ruled on Tuesday. The team...
article Redskins have the right to sue Native Americans over trademarks, judge rules
(Virginia) -- The Washington Redskins can continue battling in court to try to hold onto their trademark protections, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Gerald B. Lee...
article Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream
(Minnesota) -- "The Enbridge Corporation has some difficult moccasins to fill." Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth was explaining the Calgary-based Canadian oil...
article Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion opposed by island First Nation
(British Columbia) -- One First Nation on Vancouver Island has added its voice to the clamour of protests over the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling the National Energy...
article Preston family buys back land it sold to Mashantuckets, at a big profit
(Connecticut) -- The Mattern family, which sold a large tract of farmland to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe eight years ago for nearly $3 million, has bought the land...
article Osage Nation authorizes tribal courts to fight wind developments
(Oklahoma) -- While supporting a federal lawsuit against a wind development near Pawhuska, the Osage Nation passed a new law Monday to give tribal courts jurisdiction...
article Nez Perce Tribe, environmentalists sue to block Snake River dredging behind dam
(Idaho) -- Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit to prevent dredging of the lower Snake River that enables Lewiston, Idaho, to be the most...
article Poised for Growth Short-term lending call center opens
(South Dakota) -- If you’ve driven by the old car dealership in town in recent weeks, you may have noticed some new activity. You can see through the former...
article Aboriginal youth tackle jury under-representation at conference
(Canada) -- In many First Nations communities across Canada, it’s hard to find a jury of peers for aboriginal legal cases. Some say the under-representation of...
article Status of Women Canada approved few projects focused on aboriginal women
(Canada) -- The federal agency that's supposed to promote the equality and advancement of women has only approved a handful of projects in recent years that had...
article Nutrition North's impact on northerners uncertain, auditor general says
(North Canada) -- Aboriginal Affairs does not know whether retailers in the North are passing on savings to consumers as a result of its Nutrition North program to make...
article Shelly signs Healthy Dine' Nation Act into law
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed the Healthy Dine' Nation Act of 2014 into law Nov. 20 and changed the dynamics for the war on diabetes.
article South Dakota school raises questions of safe holiday giving
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota school's Christmas fundraising packet is raising some eyebrows. The letters are full of sad stories designed to tug at the heart...
article Dine College eyes $7M math and science building
(New Mexico) -- Dine (dee-NAY’) College is planning to build a proposed $7 million math and science building on its Shiprock south campus. The Daily Times reports...
article Team Edwards remembers Code Talkers during heritage month
(California) -- In observation of National American Indian Heritage Month, Team Edwards hosted a 5K run/walk Nov. 12 at the Rosburg Fitness Center in honor of World War...
article Native activist/poet John Trudell pairs with the Pines
(Minnesota) -- When fellow songwriter, actor, activist and serviceman Kris Kristofferson wrote the song “Johnny Lobo” about John Trudell, he said he was...
 
 
Gaming: Latest News
11:54pm 11-25-2014
 
 
article Caesars Lenders Seek Receiver, Claiming Unit Was Looted
(Wall Street) -- A Caesars Entertainment Corp. creditor group said managers should be stripped of control of the casino company’s operating unit because they...
article Fitch: Caesars' Default Would Add Nearly 90 Basis Points to U.S. HY Rate
(New York) -- The potential default of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company would push the trailing 12-month (TTM) U.S. high yield default rate to 3.3%, according to...
article Hustler wants to be first strip club with sports book
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas’ Hustler strip club on Friday filed an application with the Nevada Gaming Commission to become the first strip club with a sports book....
article Former Bozo the Clown sidekick could save Atlantic City casino
(Atlantic City) -- Carl Icahn’s decision to save Atlantic City’s second-biggest casino — the Trump Taj Mahal — may come down to whether he...
article Bankruptcy wrangling for ex-Trump, Revel casinos
(Atlantic City) -- Some of the hottest action in Atlantic City involves closed casinos in bankruptcy court, where Donald Trump is trying to recoup rent he paid on a...
article Borgata undergoing $13 million facelift targeting suites, spa and buffet
(Atlantic City) -- As one Atlantic City casino after another folds, the Borgata has announced a $13 million facelift of its casino floor, buffet, spa and suites starting...
article Revel fights city’s collection of back taxes
(Atlantic City) -- The former Revel Casino Hotel is trying to block Atlantic City from collecting $32 million in unpaid property taxes. The owners of the former Atlantic...
article Icahn: Taj Mahal ‘a bad investment for me’
(Atlantic City) -- Billionaire Carl Icahn says buying Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino would be “a bad investment for me.” But in a letter...
article Trump casinos, Atlantic City agree on tax sale
(Atlantic City) -- Bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts and the city of Atlantic City have reached a deal to let the city collect unpaid taxes.
article AC casinos join fight against Adelson's RAWA
(New Jersey) -- Atlantic City's casinos have finally moved to actively oppose the Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA) that would effectively render their...
article Problem Gambling is the Focus of a New Study
(Massachusetts) -- Problem gambling is the focus of a new study. It’s being conducted by the UMass Amherst School of Public Health in conjunction with the...
article Maryland Live is weathering storm of new competition
(Maryland) -- The president and general manager of Maryland's largest casino delivered a bit of unexpected news Monday to state gambling regulators. "November...
article Delaware online gaming revenue falls to lowest total since launch
(Delaware) -- The Delaware Lottery has reported that revenue generated from online gambling in the US state has fallen to the lowest monthly figure since a regulated...
article Casinos passed on more Delaware locations
(Delaware) -- Earlier this year, the Markell administration quietly floated a plan they believed would help the state’s struggling casinos: allow them to open free...
article Deadwood lodging made gains in October
(South Dakota) -- Lodging properties in Deadwood posted their best occupancy rates in October since 2009, more than 9 percent higher than the same month last year when...
article Deadwood casino owners get early Christmas gift
(South Dakota) -- After almost a year of lackluster and sometimes dismal monthly revenue reports, Deadwood casinos hit the fall jackpot. Data just released by the South...
article Alabama Supreme Court ruling in Houston County gaming case has implications for Greene County electronic bingo
(Alabama) -- Attorney General Luther Strange today announced a decisive victory in an Alabama Supreme Court case involving “electronic bingo.” The case is...
article Art for Art's Sake
(Las Vegas) -- The greatest artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, spoke for most artists when he proclaimed, “Everything you can imagine is real.”...
article Good Bones / Repurposing older hotels is becoming more and more common
(Las Vegas) -- Time was, when a hotel in Las Vegas fell into disuse, disrepair and a lack of capital reinvestment, the choice was simple. Knock it down and start over....
article GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson: Ted Cruz 'Too Right Wing'
(Washington D.C.) -- Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is in New York City paying visits to some of the nation's most powerful Jewish leaders, but his private two-hour...
article Father who left 3 kids in car to gamble at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem pleads guilty
(Pennsylvania) -- A Philadelphia man with a gambling addiction pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaving his children alone in his car to gamble at the Sands Bethlehem Resort...
article MGM Resorts raises $1.15 billion of new debt
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International said Tuesday it completed transactions that raised $1.15 billion of new debt. The casino operator said the funds will be used...
 
 
Press Releases
8:23am 11-24-2014
 
 
Santa Ysabel Interactive on California Tribal Sovereignty Lawsuit
(California) -- Cruz Bustamante, spokesman for Santa Ysabel Interactive, an enterprise of the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation issued the following statement...
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Successfully Conducts First National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Master’s Level Commissioner Certification Training
(Las Vegas) -- Expert staff from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) have successfully conducted GLI’s first Master’s Level Commissioner...
Increased Slot Floor Revenue from the Ortiz Standard
(Florida) -- Ortiz Gaming created the next evolutionary step in the slot floor with the Ortiz Standard. Using a complex combination of unbendable math and hold models,...
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names New Senior Manager Regulator Development for GLI Australia
(Australia) -- Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named Phil Harrison to the position of Senior Manager...
Casino Gaming Industry Looks Forward to Partnering with the NBA, Others to Thwart Illegal Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following statement today after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver penned...
 

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