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Florida Gaming

article House agrees to give Miami new casino, other concessions (4/26/2017)
(Florida) -- After years of impasse over how to update Florida's gambling laws to reflect the changing times, the Florida House agreed to a series of major...
article House takes giant steps in gambling negotiation (4/26/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida House made several major offers Wednesday to get a gambling deal done this session, including authorizing decoupling for dog and horse tracks if...
article Justices Approve Felon Rights, Gambling Initiatives (4/24/2017)
(Florida) -- In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court has approved proposed constitutional amendments that would...
article Florida Gambling Conference Gets Cancelled Due to Supreme Court Gambling Amendments Ruling (4/21/2017)
(Florida) -- The gambling legislation negotiations between the Florida Senate and House were suddenly postponed after the Florida Supreme Court decided to give the green...
article Gambling deal delayed as court OKs ballot question (4/21/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court released a divided advisory opinion Thursday that approves language for a constitutional amendment that would require voter...
article Court approves felon voting rights, gambling expansion amendments for next year (4/20/2017)
(Florida) -- In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved proposed constitutional amendments...
article Felon voting rights, casino amendments OK for 2018, says court (4/20/2017)
(Florida) -- Restoring voting rights for felons and requiring voter approval for new casinos are two amendments that are a step closer to being on the 2018 ballot.
article Florida Voters May Get a Say Over Casino Gambling (4/20/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court is signing off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voter approval for new casinos.
article Gambling amendment gets court approval as legislators cancel conference (4/20/2017)
(Florida) -- Following a Florida Supreme Court decision Thursday morning that gave the green light to a proposed constitutional amendment on gambling, negotiations...
article Senate to open negotiations at Thursday gambling conference (4/20/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate will open the bidding in negotiations between House and Senate members over new gambling legislation. A conference including six state...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Mishewal Wappo Tribe

article Mishewal Wappo tribe loses court appeal case opposed by Napa officials (4/26/2017)
(California) -- A tribe seeking federal recognition lost the latest, and perhaps, final round of a court case that Napa County officials have long feared could have...
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Mohegan Sun

article TURTLE TALK: Jenn Weddle Guest Commentary on Lewis v. Clarke (4/26/2017)
(Michigan) -- This was the best possible result in this case (a narrow remand). Justice Sotomayor’s opinion keeps tribal employees on equal footing with federal...
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California Gaming

article California online poker bill may not be heard until 2018 (4/25/2017)
(California) -- A bill to legalise and regulate online poker in the state of California will likely not be heard until at least 2018, according to the latest reports....
article California Online Poker Efforts Shelved Indefinitely (4/25/2017)
(California) -- It’s been 10 years since lawmakers in California began looking at regulating state-licensed online poker sites. Nothing has ever come to fruition....
article California Lawmaker On Online Poker: ‘We’ve Got To Start From Ground Zero’ (4/24/2017)
(California) -- California Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer told Online Poker Report that his bill to legalize and regulate online poker will not be moving this year....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Greenberg Traurig Advises on Hard Rock Cafe Purchase of Trump Taj Mahal Casino (4/25/2017)
(Atlantic City) -- When it became clear that billionaire Carl Icahn would be interested in selling his Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Greenberg...
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Seminole Tribe

article Jose Felix Diaz: House will ‘take giant step’ in gambling conference (4/25/2017)
(Florida) -- The House will make its offer Wednesday morning in the Legislature’s negotiation on a gambling bill this year, state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz told...
article Supreme Court ruling gives Florida senators a gambling deal leverage (4/25/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court has apparently handed state senators the winning card to push gambling expansion after the majority of magistrates cleared the way...
article Galvano says court ruling helps Senate gambling deal (4/24/2017)
(Florida) -- A state Supreme Court decision clearing the way for a constitutional amendment on gambling makes quick action on a gaming deal by the Legislature necessary...
article Gambling deal may come down to slots question (4/24/2017)
(Florida) -- Seeing it as the “lesser of various evils” to pass a gambling bill this year, the House may give in to the Senate’s position to...
article Senate budges little in initial gambling negotiation (4/24/2017)
(Florida) -- Saying he wanted to “start taking small steps,” state Sen. Bill Galvano on Monday tendered the first offer in the Legislature’s...
article Senate deals first offer in gambling talks (4/24/2017)
(Florida) -- Controversial electronic games that are the subject of a recent court decision would be outlawed under a proposal offered Monday by the Senate, as lawmakers...
article Who has the best odds in gambling negotiations: House, Senate or Seminole Tribe? (4/24/2017)
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders conceded Monday that years of legislative stalemate over the future of slot machine expansion in Florida — including whether...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article A Prohibitive Tax Rate On Online Gambling Could Ding PA’s Land-Based Casino Industry (4/24/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- One of the primary sticking points in the battle to legalize online gambling in Pennsylvania has been the tax rate. Proposals in the House and Senate...
article Casinos and lottery could go online in Pennsylvania (4/24/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Gambling and playing the lottery could be more accessible for Pennsylvania residents if the state passes proposals for an online expansion. Delaware,...
article Pennsylvania representative plans stand-alone bill as gambling law deadline approaches (4/24/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- In September 2016, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Pennsylvania local share assessment tax was unconstitutional and lawmakers were given a...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Public Law 280

article Senate Bill amending Lake Co. criminal jurisdiction moves forward (4/24/2017)
(Montana) -- The Montana House of Representatives gave final approval for Senate Bill 310, which amends an existing statute concerning criminal jurisdiction between the...
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RAWA

article BRUNING: Restore the Wire Act (4/24/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Since 1961, all gambling involving interstate telecommunications, including online gambling, has been prohibited by the Wire Act, which was...
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Sheldon Adelson

article Adelson, miffed at Trump over embassy about-face, said to shut spigot (4/24/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Jewish-American billionaire and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is reportedly angry with US President Donald Trump over his failure to move the US...
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Wilton Rancheria

article Delays continue for planned Wilton Rancheria casino in California (4/24/2017)
(California) -- In California, the plan from the Wilton Rancheria to build a $400 million casino resort in southern Sacramento County is still reportedly being delayed...
article Tribal law expert: Elk Grove casino in ‘holding pattern’ (4/23/2017)
(California) -- Wilton Rancheria’s bid to build a $400 million Indian casino in Elk Grove is in a holding pattern while the Trump administration formulates Indian...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Ho-Chunk Tribe

article Wisconsin Tribes Clash in Casino Expansion Fight (4/23/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- At 85, Betty Putnam-Schiel has trouble standing, but she gets along well enough in her home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans' northern...
article Ho-Chunk: Casino lawsuit is damaging inter-tribal relations (4/21/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation issued a sharply worded rebuke Thursday to a lawsuit seeking to block its casino expansion in Shawano County, saying the dispute is...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Ilani Casino

article Letter: Casino impact unknowable (4/23/2017)
(Oregon) -- The Columbian reported that the Cowlitz Tribe will open its new casino at the La Center Junction on April 24. The casino expects to attract more than 4.5...
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Online Poker

article Sessions Could Destroy All US Online Poker Chances (4/23/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- When President Donald Trump took office in January 2017 and nominated Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of United States Attorney General, many...
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Card Clubs

article Indicted Souza transfers card room (4/22/2017)
(California) -- The Chula Vista City Council went all in on the Stones South Bay Corp. The five-member City Council last week approved an amendment to the gaming plan...
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Foxwoods

article “Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun has case against Foxwoods Casino thrown out (4/22/2017)
(Connecticut) -- “Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun had her case against Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut thrown out by the US Supreme Court earlier this week. Kelly Sun...
article U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear gamblers’ case against Foxwoods (4/20/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal brought by gamblers who claimed Foxwoods Resort Casino illegally withheld mini-baccarat...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Martha’s Vineyard Casino Heavily Opposed by Town and Taxpayers (4/22/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The Martha’s Vineyard casino that received its legal blessing earlier this month is receiving strong opposition from local authorities and...
article Aquinnah pursues appeal of ruling on tribal gaming (4/22/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The selectmen and the community group that sued the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to stop construction of a bingo hall in town plan to appeal...
article Town, Taxpayers Will Fight Casino Ruling in U.S. Court (4/21/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Facing long odds, the town of Aquinnah and a community group this week officially decided to fight to overturn an appellate court’s ruling that...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Connecticut Gaming

article Connecticut lawmakers explore commercial casino possibility (4/21/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut is now looking at three alternatives for another casino in the state and the final decision will not come easily or without consequences.
article East Windsor to have town meeting on casino proposal (4/21/2017)
(Connecticut) -- In the latest move in the debate over a proposed $200 million to $300 million casino in town, the Board of Selectmen voted grudgingly Thursday to...
article Weston League of Women Voters holds forum on off-reservation gambling (4/21/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The League of Women Voters of Weston is holding an “action forum” opposing off-reservation gambling on Saturday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Stockbridge-Munsee

article Tribe Asks Judge to Block Competing Casino Expansion (4/21/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, a Wisconsin tribe, filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to prevent the expansion of a competing Ho-Chunk casino...
article Tribe asks judge to halt Ho-Chunk casino expansion (4/21/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another band from expanding a competing casino,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Fruitport Casino

article After two years away, Bike Time to set up again in downtown (4/20/2017)
(Michigan) -- Bike Time is moving back to downtown Muskegon. But organizers say it will not cause a conflict with the Rebel Road event that took over Western Avenue...
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Kalispel Tribe

article Kalipsel Tribe Sues Federal Government Over Rival Washington Tribal Casino (4/20/2017)
(Washington) -- The Kalispel Tribe of Washington State is suing the federal government over its decision to allow the neighboring Spokane tribe to build a casino just...
article Washington tribe wants to block casino plans (4/20/2017)
(Washington) -- The Kalispel Tribe filed a lawsuit against the Department of Interior in the United States District Court because they’re against Spokane Tribe...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Michigan Gaming

article Not So Fast: Michigan Online Gambling Bill Faces Difficult Path To Make Tribes, Casinos Happy (4/20/2017)
(Michigan) -- Michigan’s proposed Lawful Internet Gaming Act would erode the sovereignty of the state’s 12 American Indian tribes and subject them to...
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Other News

article Shoshone enter dispute between Arapaho and feds, deepening feud (4/25/2017)
(Montana) -- At the 11th hour, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe has successfully inserted itself into the legal battle between the Northern Arapaho and Bureau of Indian...
article Fairbanks Four-inspired bill passes House (4/24/2017)
(Alaska) -- Almost two years after their release from prison, four wrongfully imprisoned Alaska men are still influencing the actions of the state’s top officials...
article 'People are suffering': Environmental advocates call for provincial bill of rights (4/22/2017)
(Nova Scotia) -- When she was a girl, Louise Delisle could sometimes smell the stench of burning garbage from the Shelburne dump less than half a kilometre away from her...
article Trump administration erects new hurdle for off-reservation casinos (4/13/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- After just a month in office, the new leader of the Department of the Interior has made it harder for tribes to open off-reservation casinos. In an...
article House Natural Resources Chairman, Rob Bishop, Attacks Off-Reservation Gaming Approvals (4/11/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Five or more off-reservation Indian gaming projects approved by the Obama administration’s Department of the Interior in its waning hours have...
article Banishment: It’s a thing in Alaska, but has it gone too far? (4/7/2017)
(Alaska) -- It is happening all over rural Alaska at an increasing rate: Tribal councils get together, make a decision, and give some bad actor the boot. Law and order...
article Troubles for Togiak after banishing suspected bootlegger (4/7/2017)
(Alaska) -- A "community court" banished Ronald Oertwich, 72, a longtime resident of Togiak who is not a tribal member. Tribal police say he's a known...
article Senator Heitkamp, Franken, Durbin Unveil Bill to Heal Trauma in Native Children (4/1/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- United States Senator for North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp has teamed up with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN), to unveil their effort...
article French Protest over Proposed Changes to Horse Racing Betting (4/1/2017)
(France) -- Anger has been simmering in France over issues related to gambling for more than a year and Wednesday it came to a boil as more than 2,000 people took to the...
article United States: Courts Continue Trend Of Recognizing Tribal Immunity In Bankruptcy Proceedings (3/31/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Section 106(a) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides for abrogation of the sovereign immunity of "governmental units" for purposes of...
article Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings (3/23/2017)
(Delaware) -- HIGHLIGHTS: Section 106(a) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides for abrogation of the sovereign immunity of "governmental units" for purposes of...
article Turmoil for Sac, Fox Nation tribal council (3/21/2017)
(Kansas) -- Patricia Guitierrez, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, says she submitted to that nation's tribal council petitions...
article Online Gambling Legalization Progress in the US (3/19/2017)
(USA) -- The legalization of online gambling at a federal level in the US is close to impossible at this point. However, a number of states have been pushing for changes...
article Court rules for California tribe in suit over land access (3/15/2017)
(California) -- Members of a Native American tribe in California who were temporarily banned from tribal land — one for 10 years — cannot challenge that...
article Court sides with Auburn tribe over former chairwoman’s ouster (3/15/2017)
(California) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a challenge by former United Auburn tribal chairwoman Jessica Tavares and other dissident members who charged...
article GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Victor Rocha, President, Victor Strategies (3/14/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- The Indian Gaming tradeshow and conference is the highlight of the year for tribal gaming. Produced by the National Indian Gaming Association, the...
article OP/ED: Aura of vengeance in casino proposal (3/12/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The proposal of House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, to launch six state-operated casinos is the most vindictive piece of legislation I have seen...
article Forum editorial: State casino proposal should be discarded (3/11/2017)
(North Dakota) -- One of the most troubling ideas floating around the North Dakota Legislature this session is a proposal to allow up to six state-owned casinos.
article Connecticut weighs plan by tribes to operate third casino in state (3/10/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislators are weighing in on the plan by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to operate a third...
article Audit: San Diego County improperly awarded casino mitigation funds (3/10/2017)
(California) -- A San Diego County committee awarded $250,000 in Indian gaming mitigation money to a program that had not shown local casinos were responsible for the...

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