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Cherokee Nation

article Casino reps meet with county officials (4/21/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Casino companies have made their way not only to Russellville but to other communities in Pope County until the time they can file applications with the...
article Cherokee Nation tribal councilor tossed from ballot (4/19/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation at-large councilor has been disqualified from running for re-election June 1 after the tribe’s election commission deemed she had...
article Cherokee council member representing Tulsa metro disqualified from seeking 2nd term (4/18/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission has disqualified a sitting Tribal Council member from seeking a second term. On Thursday morning, the Election...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cowlitz Tribe

article Clark County to sort out how to apportion tribe payments (4/21/2019)
(Washington) -- U.S. law exempts Indian reservations from state and local laws and taxes, so when the 156-acre Cowlitz Indian Reservation was taken into trust in 2010,...
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Indiana Gaming

article Gaming bill faces ethics questions. Mayors of casino-bound cities are changing the conversation (4/21/2019)
(Indiana) -- The mayors of Terre Haute and Gary are trying to focus the discussion of gambling legislation onto the benefits of new casinos proposed for their cities, a...
article Bosma recuses himself from casino bill (4/18/2019)
(Indiana) -- Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has recused himself from debate or votes on the gaming bill that holds the possibility of a casino license for Terre Haute...
article Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma recusing himself from gambling legislation (4/18/2019)
(Indiana) -- Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is skipping out on voting for an important bill this session. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, wrote a letter to the House ethics...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Atlantic City Gaming

article Experts warn: Expanding casinos beyond Atlantic City is a stupid bet (4/20/2019)
(New Jersey) -- Internet gambling and sports betting have both been a big success in the Garden State, but don’t expect casinos to expand outside of Atlantic City...
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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Vermont passes bill abolishing Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day (4/20/2019)
(Vermont) -- For three years, the state of Vermont has been celebrating the second Monday of October, traditionally and federally labeled as Columbus Day, as Indigenous...
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Connecticut Gaming

article Connecticut’s Tribal Winds Casino Plan Stymied by Department of Interior Attempt to Block Opening (4/20/2019)
(Connecticut) -- The Department of Interior had a secret meeting, led by then Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, to block the opening of the $300 million dollar new...
article New Interior leader had 'absolutely nothing to do with' stalled tribal casino (4/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior is issuing a strong denial in connection with a stalled tribally-owned casino in Connecticut. In...
article East Windsor Tribal Casino Controversy Ramps Up as Year-Old DOI Secret Meeting Surfaces (4/18/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Continuing friction over Connecticut’s planned Tribal Winds Casino took a new twist this week with the revelation that Department of the...
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DOI

article Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (4/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The first warning arrived on Thursday. Just a few hours after David Bernhardt was confirmed as the leader of the federal agency with the most...
article Interior secretary met with tribal lawyer attached to Zinke casino dispute (4/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt met with a lawyer linked to a political scandal that in part led to the ousting of his predecessor Ryan Zinke,...
article New Interior Chief Bernhardt Reportedly Held Secret Meeting Linked to One of His Predecessor's Many Scandals (4/17/2019)
(Connecticut) -- It's only been a week, but newly-confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's conflicts of interests are already raising questions about his...
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Klamath Tribes

article Gentry re-elected to third term as Klamath Tribes chairman (4/20/2019)
(Washington) -- Klamath Tribal members re-elected Don Gentry to his third term as tribal chairman last week and also elected tribal council members and a chief judge....
1 Article on this Issue

Louisiana Gaming

article Louisiana lawmakers once again turn to gambling to boost tax revenue, but is it worth it? (4/20/2019)
(Louisiana) -- It was almost 30 years ago that Louisiana lawmakers first turned to gambling in an effort to replenish state revenues devastated by the late 1980s oil...
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St. Croix Chippewa

article St. Croix Chippewa Accused Of Embezzling $1.5M From Casino's Gaming Revenue (4/20/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...
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Water Issues

article River groups accuse Nevada Irrigation District of trying to circumvent federal law (4/20/2019)
(California) -- Local river protection groups and a state regulatory board are protesting what they characterize as an attempt by Nevada Irrigation District to...
article California and the West prepare to get by on less water from the Colorado River (4/19/2019)
(California) -- A century of water management in the western United States is on the verge of being restructured and two UC Berkeley water experts approve. Under a plan...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Noem wants ACLU lawsuit thrown out (4/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation (4/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...
article Governor, Ravnsborg say pipeline protest bill doesn't violate First Amendment (4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said this week that a new law aimed at potential protests against the Keystone XL oil pipeline...
article South Dakota officials deny state protest laws chill free speech (4/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota officials are denying that a recently passed law would cause people to fear prosecution if they protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Gov....
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Marijuana & Hemp

article How First Nations are leaving their mark on the cannabis industry (4/19/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Delbert Wapass will be paying close attention when two new Prairie Records cannabis shops open up in Saskatoon on April 20 — also known as 4/20....
article Sault Tribe board votes to legalize pot (4/18/2019)
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved a resolution at its April 16 meeting to legalize marijuana on the Sault Tribe...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation Council confirms attorney general nominee (4/19/2019)
(Arizona) -- A lawyer with more than a decade of experience working in tribal governments has been confirmed as attorney general for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article OP/ED: FDOT holding Pine Ridge hostage (4/19/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The residents of Pine Ridge have been held hostage to the Suncoast Parkway extension by FDOT and more recently the county for approximately. 20 years....
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Seneca Niagara

article Senecas ask Interior Department to review arbitration ruling (4/19/2019)
(New York) -- Citing the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Seneca Nation is calling on the United States Department of the Interior to review a Compact amendment...
article Seneca Nation Seeks Justice via the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (4/18/2019)
(New York) -- Seneca Nation of Indians is determined to complicate matters for all parties involved in the New York allocations dispute since it is discontent with the...
article Senecas ask Interior Department to review gaming compact with NYS (4/18/2019)
(New York) -- Casino revenue payments to localities remain on hold, as New York State and the Seneca Nation continue their dispute over the gaming compact that allowed...
article Senecas seek second opinion on ruling of casino profits (4/18/2019)
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of Indians on Wednesday said it is asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to review a federal arbitration panel’s recent ruling...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Arkansas Gaming

article Dover mayor contacted by casino companies (4/18/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Mayor Roger Lee told the Dover City Council at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday that he had been contacted by two casino companies each soliciting a...
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Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

article Back to business (4/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Everyone is back on the job at Bois Forte two months after the government shutdown forced layoffs and sharp cutbacks in some tribal services. Now, to...
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California Gaming

press release Newly Established California Tribal Chairpersons' Association Announces Executive Board (4/18/2019)
(California) -- On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association, Central California Tribal Chairpersons' Association and the Northern...
1 Article on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article Hopi appeals court denies challenges against tribal chairman (4/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Hopi Appellate Court has upheld the dismissal of two cases that alleged the tribal chairman was improperly seated. Timothy Nuvangyaoma (new-VONG'-...
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Illinois Gaming

article Video gambling supporters push back on Pritzker’s proposed tax hike on terminal revenue (4/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Video gambling supporters are pushing back against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to nearly double the state’s tax on the betting terminals. Barry...
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Kentucky Gaming

article Andy Beshear touts expanded gambling as way to fund pensions (4/18/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Promoting an issue his father unsuccessfully championed as governor, Democrat Andy Beshear said Thursday he wants to expand gambling in Kentucky and use...
1 Article on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article Tribe hears plan to get out the vote (4/18/2019)
(North Carolina) -- At the first meeting of the Lumbee Tribal Council streamed live over the Internet, members on Thursday were urged to cooperate in improving voter...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Hanna’s Act passes final reading in the Senate (4/18/2019)
(Montana) -- Bills to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous persons crisis passed the Montana Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 21, “Hanna’s Act”...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Ottawa needs to 'walk the walk' on reconciliation, says Federal Court judge (4/18/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa needs to 'walk the walk' on reconciliation, said a Federal Court judge in a ruling released Tuesday as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit...
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Rhode Island Gaming

article $40M Error: Raimondo Administration Misused Data on Sports Betting Says AGA (4/18/2019)
(Rhode Island) -- RI’s new sports betting program is underperforming by 90% and top experts with the leading gaming group say Rhode Island’s projections were...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Gambling deal could spur legal fight (4/18/2019)
(Florida) -- A proposed gambling agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe might be a long shot, but the legal wrangling has already begun. As Sen. Wilton...
1 Article on this Issue

Trans Mountain

article Ottawa plans to make Trans Mountain decision by June 18 (4/18/2019)
(Ottawa) -- The federal government will deliver a final decision on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline by June 18, well beyond the 90-day deadline set by the...
article Trans Mountain consultation approach 'fatally flawed' even with extension, says First Nations leader (4/18/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Even if the time period for consultation with Indigenous groups over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is extended by a few weeks, "it still...
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Bears Ears

article San Juan County Formally Switches Sides in Bears Ears Debate (4/17/2019)
(Utah) -- A southeastern Utah county commission that used to be a vocal opponent of the Bears Ears National Monument created by President Barack Obama is switching sides...
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Catawba Nation

article Catawba Indian nation casino takes step forward (4/17/2019)
(North Carolina) -- For six years, the Catawba Indian Nation in York County has been waiting for the chance to develop a rural piece of land off Interstate 85 near Kings...
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First Nations

article Indigenous leader accuses Saskatchewan of delaying child welfare reform for jobs (4/17/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- An Indigenous leader in Saskatchewan is accusing the provincial government of keeping the status quo when it comes to child welfare because of social...
article Ottawa fighting First Nation groups over compensation for child welfare discrimination (4/17/2019)
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is battling First Nations organizations before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to avoid compensating First Nation children who went...
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Frank LaMere

article Political Opposites Join Forces to Fight Homelesses, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues (4/17/2019)
(Iowa) -- Local and national leaders joined forces at a “Healing Summit” hosted by the Siouxland Street Project and the Community Initiative for Native...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Leaders throughout the Black Hills come together (4/18/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Tribal members and community leaders gathered together for a mixer Thursday evening at Prairie Edge. It was an opportunity for leaders throughout the...
article Speaking with Tribal Council candidate Jason Burnett (4/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is holding a primary to fill two vacancies on the Tribal Council, the position of chair and a committee...
article Wood announces candidacy for Principal Chief (4/18/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Justin Freeland Wood is seeking to become the Principal Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation. He is the son of Freeland and Shirley Wood, grandson of the late...
article Gavin Clarkson running for U.S. Senate (4/17/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Gavin Clarkson, the 2018 Republican candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, announced Tuesday morning he would seek New Mexico's open U.S....
article Indian Country Today video news report for April 17, 2019, with Vincent Schilling (4/17/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today and your host for this week’s...
article ​‘Does he not consider us real Americans?’ (4/17/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The day a U.S. Congressional House election subcommittee traveled to Standing Rock to hear Native leaders speak about being disenfranchised from voting...
article Treasury Issues Rules on Tax Breaks for Opportunity Zones (4/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration released regulations on Wednesday that could help venture capitalists, Native American tribes and entrepreneurs benefit...
article Speaking with Grand Portage Tribal Council candidate Beth Drost (4/17/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is holding a primary to fill two vacancies on the Tribal Council, the position of chair and a committee...
article Republican Clarkson announces U.S. Senate bid (4/16/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Former Trump administration official Gavin Clarkson, who last year was defeated in his bid to become New Mexico’s secretary of state and foiled in...
article Arizona senator co-sponsors health bill, addresses wildfire issues, education funding (4/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) spoke to the Navajo-Hopi Observer about priorities affecting northern Arizona, including rural healthcare, wildfire prevention...
article Rep. Markwayne Mullin: No one should be forced to ration diabetes care (4/16/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 355,000 adults in Oklahoma are currently living with diabetes. For each of those people, access to affordable insulin is not just an...
article U.S. Department of Education Launches Investigation into Discrimination Against Native Students (4/16/2019)
(Montana) -- This week, investigators with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) are visiting with students and parents in Wolf Point to...
article Ireland to drop 2% turnover tax for favoured two-tier approach (4/16/2019)
(Ireland) -- The Irish Independent has this weekend reported that the Dáil Éireann will move to present a two-tiered betting tax plan to the European Commission for EU-...
article Idaho National Guard Lends a Helping Hand to Nearby Tribes (4/16/2019)
(Idaho) -- Situated about 150 miles south of Boise’s Gowen Field and spanning more than 500 square miles along the Idaho-Nevada border is the Duck Valley Indian...
press release Udall, Luján, New Mexico Delegation Introduce Legislation to Address Health Disparities for Native Americans Living in Urban Areas (4/16/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of...
article Native American tribe seeks to set water quality standards (4/15/2019)
(Michigan) -- A Michigan-based Native American tribe wants to implement water quality standards under the Clean Water Act for its reservation. The Daily Mining Gazette...
article Seattle Councilmember Juarez (Blackfeet Nation) Statement on Sound Transit Board Nomination (4/15/2019)
(Washington) -- Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Civic Assets, Public Development and Native Communities Committee,...
article Student to intern at congressional, senatorial level (4/15/2019)
(Washington) -- Emma R. Johnson is the first WSU student to become a Udall Native American Congressional intern and has also been selected to become an intern for Sen....
article Native American health care bill heads for governor’s desk (4/15/2019)
(Washington) -- As the state legislative session begins to wind down to its April 28 conclusion, a Native American health care bill is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s...
article Senators announce grants for tribes' affordable housing (4/15/2019)
(Oregon) -- Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Monday that Oregon tribes will receive more than $15 million in federal grants to support affordable...

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