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Chickasaw Nation

article Cherokee Nation: 107 opioid pills per adult were sold in tribe's district in 2015 (7/24/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- More than 100 pills were sold for every adult in the Cherokee Nation's tribal lands in 2015, prosecutors for the country's second-largest tribe...
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Florida Gaming

article Horse breeders can challenge divvying up of award money, court says (7/24/2017)
(Florida) -- Horse breeders have legal standing to “challenge the annual plan for distribution of owners’ and breeders’ awards,” according to a...
article Florida appeals court grapples with two-horse race (7/18/2017)
(Florida) -- It’s clear gambling regulators weren’t keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a...
article Judge issues ruling that games are slot machines (7/11/2017)
(Florida) -- Siding with state regulators, a Leon County circuit judge has issued a formal decision finding that certain electronic games offered in bars and other...
article Appeals court remands case involving Treasure Chest Poker, says trial court didn't have jurisdiction (7/11/2017)
(Florida) -- An appeals court has said a trial court didn't have jurisdiction declaring judgment in a case in which a poker company alleges the Florida Department of...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

National Congress of American Indians

article Native American Tribes Want A Bigger Role In Choosing US Attorneys Under Trump (7/24/2017)
(USA) -- The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution last month asking that tribes be “included in the selection, interview, and decision making...
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Navajo Nation

article Acting chief justice for Navajo Nation to resign over health (7/24/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation is stepping down. The Daily Times of Farmington reported the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch recently...
article Bill recommends removal of tribal court judge (7/24/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A new bill recommends that Roy Tso Jr. be removed as a probationary judge for Navajo Nation courts. The recommendation is being made because Tso did not...
article Bill recommends removal of tribal court judge (7/23/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A new bill recommends that Roy Tso Jr. be removed as a probationary judge for Navajo Nation courts.The recommendation is being made because Tso did not...
article Navajo Nation acting chief justice to retire (7/18/2017)
(Arizona) -- The acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation has announced his intention to retire at the end of the month. Allen Sloan has held the position since July...
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Payday Loans

article Leawood payday lender Scott Tucker files appeal to overturn $1.26 billion fine (7/24/2017)
(Kansas) -- Payday loan businessman Scott Tucker wants an appeals court to toss out a $1.26 billion fine against him last year from a case filed by the Federal Trade...
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Pojoaque Pueblo

article 10th Circ. Stays Firm On DOI Tribal Gambling Reg Ruling (7/24/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The Tenth Circuit declined on Monday to revisit its recent conclusion that the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior lacks the authority to approve...
article 10th Circ. Gives States A Leg Up In Making Gaming Deals (sub req) (7/23/2017)
(New York) -- A recent Tenth Circuit decision that the state of New Mexico can punish non-Indian vendors for working with the Pueblo of Pojoaque's casinos in the...
article State Wins Casino Battle Against Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribe (7/22/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The Skirmish in Doubtful Canyon, which left 10 Apache dead on May 3, 1864, was the last Indian battle in what would become the history of New Mexico.
article Appeals court rules state can target Pojoaque casino’s vendors (7/18/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A federal appeals court has lifted a ban on state regulators interfering with gambling equipment and service companies doing business with the Pueblo of...
article NM's Moves Don't Violate Indian Gaming Law: 10th Circ. [sub req] (7/18/2017)
(New Mexico) -- A divided Tenth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a New Mexico federal court ruling that the state's alleged punishment of the Pueblo of Pojoaque's...
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Voter Suppression

article Federal judge allows Trump commission’s nationwide voter data request to go forward (7/24/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Monday allowed President Trump’s voting commission to go forward with seeking voter data from 50 states and the District,...
article Judge: Utah county election maps must be redrawn again (7/20/2017)
(Utah) -- The boundaries of election districts in a southeastern Utah county are unconstitutional and violate the rights of American Indians who make up roughly half the...
article Trump’s voter commission is now facing at least 7 federal lawsuits (7/18/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that President Trump's voting commission “was formed...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Crown Ltd

article Men accused of ‘unprovoked’ Crown Casino assault granted bail (7/23/2017)
(Australia) -- The families of three men violently assaulted outside Melbourne’s Crown Casino have said they are furious the alleged offenders were bailed. Jason...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds that Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law (7/23/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the...
article State trade group can weigh in on Dakota Access pipeline (7/20/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota's main...
article Charges against man accused of threatening DAPL guard may be dropped (7/17/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A prosecutor has asked to dismiss the felony charge against a protester accused of threatening a pipeline security guard with a knife. Morton County...
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Japan Gaming

article Kazuo Okada’s Slot Machine Manufacturing Business Loses Appeal Case Against Reuters (7/23/2017)
(Japan) -- The Japanese Supreme Court denied an appeal filed by local pachinko and slot machine manufacturer Universal Entertainment Corp. in relation to its defamation...
article Japan’s Universal loses Supreme Court appeal (7/21/2017)
(Japan) -- The Supreme Court of Japan has rejected an appeal to hear a defamation case brought by Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp against Reuters. The...
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Sports Betting

article US Supreme Court is Listening; Sports Betting USA 2017 Can Unify the Voice (7/22/2017)
(New York) -- In what amounted to a stunning late turn of events, the Supreme Court agreed to hear New Jersey’s arguments in a sports betting case that has been...
article Legislature most likely can revisit sports betting before U.S. Supreme Court ruling (7/17/2017)
(Mississippi) -- During the 2017 session, many experts contend the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill, unbeknownst to most members, legalizing betting on sports...
article Connecticut joins list of states banking on NJ Supreme Court case (7/17/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Danell Malloy signed a bill into law that would allow the state to offer legal sports betting, should officials at the Supreme...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article U.S. Supreme Court asked to weigh Havasu lawyer’s case (7/21/2017)
(Arizona) -- Two La Paz County children could be the subject of a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court. The children, ages 15 and 17, were the center of a 2016 custody...
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Online Gaming

article Christie Urges Trump Not to Ban Online Gambling (7/21/2017)
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has urged US President Donald Trump not to ban online gambling following a push by some in Congress to push through...
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MGM Resorts

article ‘Everybody’s gotta watch’: De Niro’s Rothstein quoted in opinion on MGM security guards (7/20/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- A District of Columbia Circuit Court judge quoted Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Robert De Niro’s character in “Casino,” in an opinion...
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North Fork Rancheria

article DOI, Calif. Tribe Say Casino Challenge Should Be Tossed [sub req] (7/20/2017)
(California) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior and a California tribe each urged a federal judge on Wednesday to toss a suit challenging department-issued...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article Keystone XL opponent plans appeal to South Dakota high court (7/19/2017)
(South Dakota) -- An attorney for a group fighting the Keystone XL pipeline says the organization plans to appeal a South Dakota judge's decision upholding state...
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Native Voices

article George-Kanentiio: Religious doctrines remain at root of 'Indian' law (7/19/2017)
(New York) -- At the Akwesasne Indigenous Foundation Education gathering on June 28-29 the subjects of how and why the Europeans came to justify the theft of the western...
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Adoption

article N.W.T. judge overturns custom adoption after father files lawsuit (7/18/2017)
(Northwest Territories) -- A controversial former teacher in Inuvik has successfully challenged a custom adoption decision. Hugues Latour challenged the custom adoption...
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Labor & Unions

article Surveillance techs at Las Vegas casinos cannot join non-guard unions - D.C. Circuit (7/18/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed National Labor Relations Board rulings that had allowed surveillance technicians at Las Vegas casino resorts...
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Bodog - Bovada

article US drops all charges against Calvin Ayre (7/17/2017)
(Maryland) -- US federal prosecutors have dropped all charges filed over five years ago against Bodog online gambling business and its founder, Calvin Ayre. In February...
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Gun Lake

article Law Spiking Casino Suit Is Unconstitutional, Justices Told [sub req] (7/17/2017)
(Michigan) -- A Michigan man has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a federal law that put an end to his lawsuit challenging a tribal casino...
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Land Issues

article Federal court dismisses petition by Warlie/Napoles families (7/17/2017)
(California) -- On July 7, 2017, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under the Indian Civil Rights...
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Water Issues

article Judge puts an end to New Mexico's 1966 water-rights lawsuit (7/17/2017)
(New Mexico) -- After more than 50 years of litigation, a federal judge has brought an end to a water-rights lawsuit involving four Native American communities and...
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Supreme Court

article NCAI's Top Atty Preaches Caution To Tribes In High Court [sub req.] (7/15/2017)
(New York) -- The general counsel for the National Congress of American Indians will keep urging tribes to be careful about risking going before the U.S. Supreme Court...
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Schaghicoke Tribe

article Texas Attorney Going to Bat for Conn. Native American Tribe (7/14/2017)
(Connecticut) -- When noted Texas attorney Austin Tighe was sought to represent the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in the tribe's $610 million lawsuit against...
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Phil Ivey

article Poker Pro Ivey Goes All In at U.K. Supreme Court Over Cheating (7/13/2017)
(UK) -- All bets are off as professional poker player Phil Ivey seeks to prove to the U.K.’s top court that he didn’t cheat to win 7.7 million pounds ($9.9...
article Supreme Court to hear gambling 'cheat' case (7/12/2017)
(UK) -- The UK Supreme Court is to hear a legal argument in a case that will ultimately determine whether a casino must pay out more than £7.7 million in winnings...
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Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency

article The Great Bitcoin Heist Ends in Itty Bitty Charges (7/12/2017)
(Japan) -- The trial of the former CEO of the collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox on charges of embezzlement and data manipulation opened Tuesday. Mark Karpelès pleaded...
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Mining & Drilling

article Native American tribe sues fracking companies in Oklahoma (7/12/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- When it comes to natural disasters in #oklahoma, the thing to worry about used to be tornadoes. Now it's earthquakes. However, these earthquakes are...
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New Mexico Gaming

article Five casino-operating tribes taking New Mexico to federal court (7/12/2017)
(New Mexico) -- In New Mexico, five casino-operating tribes have reportedly filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to thwart an effort by the western state to...
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Card Clubs

article Card room operator sues city for permit denial (7/11/2017)
(California) -- Stanley Penn, the longtime owner and operator of San Diego card room Lucky Lady, has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego for refusing to renew...
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Miccosukee Tribe

article Sealed Lawsuit Against Ex-Miccosukee Lawyer Raises Questions (7/11/2017)
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe appears to be suing its former lawyer under seal using a pseudonym — despite Florida courts setting a high standard for openness.
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Seminole Tribe

article Judge files order after ruling ‘pre-reveal’ games are illegal slots (7/11/2017)
(Florida) -- As expected, a Tallahassee judge has entered a written order following his decision last month that he had gotten it “wrong the first time” and...
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Other News

article Fight over casino jackpot heads to court (7/24/2017)
(Louisiana) -- A woman who hit a $1.24 million jackpot on an all-expenses-paid weekend jaunt to a Louisiana casino in July 2013 testified Monday she did not agree before...
article Latest: Four pueblos score in protracted water fight (7/23/2017)
(New Mexico) -- In 1966, the state of New Mexico filed a lawsuit to untangle water rights in the Pojoaque River Basin north of Santa Fe. Four tribal communities and...
article Jessie Archibald appointed to Alaska Bar Association Area Discipline Committee (7/23/2017)
(Alaska) -- Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Tribal Child Support Unit Manager Jessie Archibald has been appointed by Alaska Supreme...
article American Indians Win Election Maps Lawsuit (7/22/2017)
(Utah) -- The boundaries of election districts in a southeastern Utah county are unconstitutional and violate the rights of American Indians who make up roughly half the...
article Judge approves Horseshoe license for Silver Bullet casino (7/21/2017)
(Nevada) -- The new Silver Bullet casino to be located in north Carson City won't have to build a hotel with at least 100 rooms in order to operate a full casino in...
article Gambling Co. Blasts 7th Circ.'s Ch. 11 Safe Harbor Ruling (sub req) (7/21/2017)
(New York) -- A former racetrack and casino shareholder has launched the opening salvo in a U.S. Supreme Court dispute over whether bankruptcy safe-harbor transfers to...
article Ninth Circuit Sides With Paiute Tribe in Dispute With Inyo County (7/20/2017)
(California) -- In a win for California’s Bishop Paiute Tribe, the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed and remanded the tribe’s lawsuit against Inyo County,...
article Ninth Circuit Remands False Claims Act Case against Tribal College for Determination of Sovereign Status (7/20/2017)
(California) -- On July 10, 2017, US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a December 3, 2014, district court dismissal of False Claims Act (FCA)...
article Ramapoughs demanding dismissal of tepee summonses (7/20/2017)
(New Jersey) -- The Ramapough Lenape Nation plans to file two motions ahead of a court hearing next week over a colony of tepees that the township says were constructed...
article Ninth Circuit Clarifies Tribal Arm Sovereign Immunity Factors (7/20/2017)
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit, in U.S. ex rel. Fawn Cain et al. v. Salish Kootenai College Inc. et al., recently reversed a lower court's dismissal of a False Claims...
article Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county (7/19/2017)
(California) -- The Bishop Paiute Tribe is returning to federal court to face off against a longtime nemesis in California. In March 2015, the tribe sued Inyo County...
article 'Imperative' that axed court workers return to Watson Lake, says chief (7/19/2017)
(Canada) -- Victims of crime may not be getting the help they need in Watson Lake, say advocates, after a program for court workers was cut. Yukon's Department of...
article Native American firm’s retaliation charge reinstated (7/19/2017)
(Colorado) -- Citing an 1866 civil rights law, a federal appeals court has reinstated a retaliation charge filed by a Native American-owned construction company against...
article Judge won't halt primary election for Standing Rock chairman (7/18/2017)
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has refused to delay a primary election on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to hear a complaint by a former councilman who wants to...
article BLOG: Tribal Estate Planning: Nuance and Consequence (7/18/2017)
(USA) -- Simple estate planning is pretty straightforward. There is usually a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive, and Trust if necessary....
article With more than 150 Alaska communities excluded from jury service, can village residents get a fair trial? (7/18/2017)
(Alaska) -- In remote villages all over Alaska, no one ever gets called for state jury duty. To save money, Alaska intentionally excludes people from trials in more than...
article Court Tosses Title IX Lawsuit Brought By Ex-Haskell Indian Nations Student (7/18/2017)
(Kansas) -- A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a former Haskell Indian Nations University student who says she was raped by two of the school’s football...
article Florida Supreme Court reinstates internet cafe lawyer (7/17/2017)
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Monday reinstated to the practice of law Kelly Mathis, the prominent Jacksonville attorney who faced criminal charges stemming...
article Silicon Valley man sentenced in gambling fraud case (7/17/2017)
(California) -- A Santa Clara County man who pleaded no contest to embezzling more than $400,000 from his former high school classmates and gambling the money away in...
article Native Americans Sue After Government Says Grizzly Bears No Longer Endangered (7/16/2017)
(Arizona) -- NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Ben Nuvamsa of the Hopi Tribe about a lawsuit by Native Americans challenging the federal government's de-...

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