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Oklahoma Gaming

article Tribes claim Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly renewed tribal gaming compacts (2/16/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly triggered the automatic renewal of the state's tribal gaming compacts last December — at the same time he was...
article Oklahoma ScissorTales: Judge seeks quick resolution of gaming dispute (2/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- If federal judge Timothy DeGiusti has his way, then the gaming dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes won’t drag on and...
article Quapaw Nation asked to join tribes at mediation over gambling compacts (2/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- After a federal judge Monday ordered Oklahoma’s governor and the five Native American tribes suing him into mediation in an effort to crack the...
article Judge orders Stitt, tribes to mediate gambling compact dispute (2/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge has ordered that Gov. Stitt and Native American tribes to mediate their dispute over the gambling compacts that give tribes the exclusive...
article Quapaw tribe seeks to join gaming compact lawsuit (2/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation became the sixth tribe Wednesday to challenge Gov. Kevin Stitt’s stance on gaming compacts. The tribe filed a motion in Oklahoma...
article Judge orders mediation between Stitt, tribes over gaming compacts (2/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge on Monday ordered Gov. Kevin Stitt and the tribes involved in a legal dispute over gaming compacts to enter mediation. Chief Judge Timothy...
article Judge orders mediation in compact dispute between Gov. Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes (2/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal judge has ordered mediation in a compact dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes. Stitt and the state...
article Judge orders tribes, governor into mediation over gaming compacts (2/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A federal court judge Monday ordered Oklahoma’s governor and the five Native American tribes suing him into mediation in an effort to crack the...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Tribal claim adds new twist to Long Island bridge flap (2/15/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert Ullmann on Thursday said he expects to rule within the next week whether to allow a Native American tribe to...
1 Article on this Issue

Mandalay Bay Shooting

article Judge approves step toward paying Las Vegas shooting victims (2/15/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A judge in Nevada has approved who will oversee allocation of settlement funds for the victims of the fatal Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in 2017....
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article NTEC, Wyoming agree to limited waiver of sovereign immunity (2/15/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Navajo Transitional Energy Company and the state of Wyoming have agreed to a limited waiver of sovereign immunity that ensures the state’s ability to...
article Wyoming, Navajo Coal Company, Agree To Liability Waiver (2/15/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Officials in Wyoming have reached an agreement with a Navajo tribal mining firm that would give the state of Wyoming authority to take the company to court...
article Wyoming, Navajo coal company, agree to liability waiver (2/13/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming officials have reached an agreement with a Navajo tribal company that would give them authority to take the company to court as a way to enforce...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Cherokee Nation opioid lawsuit remanded to federal court in Oklahoma (2/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s landmark opioid lawsuit has been remanded to federal court in Oklahoma, putting the case on a path to resolution and trial.
article Cherokee Nation opioid lawsuit remanded to federal court (2/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s landmark opioid lawsuit has been remanded to federal court in Oklahoma, putting the case on a path to resolution and trial. The...
article Local governments in Ohio seeking unity in opioid litigation (2/12/2020)
(Ohio) -- Dozens of Ohio local government leaders gathered privately in Columbus Tuesday to discuss how to divide millions of dollars from a prospective opioid...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Voter Suppression

article Agreement reached over 'tribal IDs' and voting (2/15/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and other tribes brought against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger over...
article North Dakota And Native American Tribes Settle Voter ID Lawsuits (2/15/2020)
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribes in North Dakota secured a major victory this week when they settled a pair of lawsuits challenging the state's restrictive...
article Native Americans defeat GOP's racist voter ID law in North Dakota (2/13/2020)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota was forced this week to allow Native American tribal IDs as acceptable identification at the voting booth, the Campaign Legal Center...
article Secretary of State Agrees to Settle Voter ID Lawsuits by Entering Into Consent Decree with North Dakota Tribes (2/13/2020)
(North Dakota) -- In the wake of the district court’s denial of the State’s motion to dismiss, the Secretary of State has agreed to settle two federal voting...
article State of North Dakota, tribes agree to settle voter ID lawsuits (2/13/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes have agreed to settle two lawsuits over the state’s voter identification requirements. The...
article Federal judge rejects North Dakota's request to dismiss tribal lawsuit over voter ID rules (2/10/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by the state of North Dakota to dismiss a tribal lawsuit challenging the state’s voter...
article Judge refuses to toss tribal lawsuit challenging ND voter ID (2/10/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has rejected a request by the state of North Dakota to dismiss a tribal lawsuit challenging North Dakota's voter ID law. U.S....
7 Total Articles on this Issue

British Columbia Gaming

article Class-action suit filed against BCLC over 'deceptive, addictive and dangerous' video slots (2/14/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against the B.C. Lottery Corp. and the provincial government over the operation of allegedly “...
article B.C. Lottery Corp. relents after 9-year battle to keep secret records linked to $700k fine (2/10/2020)
(British Columbia) -- After fighting the CBC for nine years over the release of money laundering records, the B.C. Lottery Corporation is finally relenting. After three...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Quapaw Tribe

article Quapaw Nation seeks to join gaming lawsuit against state (2/14/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation this week filed a motion seeking to intervene in the ongoing litigation in federal court requesting a determination that the Oklahoma...
1 Article on this Issue

Canada Gaming

article Canada Casino Workers Must Pay Tax on Tips, Court Rules (2/13/2020)
(Canada) -- In Canada, gambling winnings may be tax-free, but the tips patrons give casino workers from their winnings certainly are not. That’s the opinion of...
1 Article on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article Casino developer sues Illinois gaming board over data breach (2/13/2020)
(Illinois) -- A video gambling operator who was denied approval to open a casino-racetrack near Chicago is suing the Illinois Gaming Board, alleging that one of its...
1 Article on this Issue

Louisiana Gaming

article Louisiana Supreme Court Concludes That Permanently Moored Casinos Are Not “Vessels” Under Maritime Law (2/13/2020)
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Caldwell v. St Charles Gaming (No. 2019-CC-1238), holding that that the Grand Palais Casino in...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article 'We still have title': How a landmark B.C. court case set the stage for Wet'suwet'en protests (2/13/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Amid the backdrop of nationwide protests, blockades and arrests, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs on the front lines of the fight to stop a...
article Tribe Loses Bid to Intervene in Gas Pipeline Construction Suit (2/7/2020)
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Tribe lacks standing to intervene in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding over the construction of a natural gas pipeline...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

IHS

article Five consecutive life sentences for ex-IHS pediatrician in South Dakota case (2/12/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Services pediatrician sentenced to 18 years behind bars for abusing young boys on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Gulfside Casino Partnership asks court to rule on its Arkansas lawsuit (2/10/2020)
(Arkansas) -- With Cherokee Nation Businesses awaiting movement on its request to site a resort and casino in Pope County, a competing interest has asked a Pulaski...
1 Article on this Issue

Mississippi Gaming

article Margaritaville Amusement Park owes $5 million in overdue bills, contractor’s lawsuit says (2/10/2020)
(Mississippi) -- A contractor is threatening in a federal lawsuit to stop work on Margaritaville Amusement Park over what it says are $5 million in unpaid construction...
1 Article on this Issue

New York Gaming

article Court ruling throws online sports betting push in New York into question (2/10/2020)
(New York) -- Legalizing online sports gambling in New York State already faced a questionable future in Albany this year. But after last week’s appeals court...
1 Article on this Issue

FinCEN

article Province files another lawsuit against assets of alleged money-launderer Paul Jin (2/9/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has filed another lawsuit against alleged money launderer Paul King Jin, asking that a $25,000 bank draft found in his Mercedes...
1 Article on this Issue

Historical Racing Machines

article Court to hear case regarding historical horse racing on Tuesday (2/9/2020)
(Nebraska) -- A hearing has been scheduled in Lancaster County District Court for Tuesday to consider the future of historical horse racing machines in the state of...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Court focuses on Native idea of family (2/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- It’s already tough sledding for children and families in New Mexico’s fractured foster care and child welfare systems. Those challenges are...
1 Article on this Issue

Leonard Peltier

article San Francisco demands release of Leonard Peltier, all political prisoners (2/9/2020)
(California) -- Activists and allies with the Indigenous liberation movement rallied Feb. 6 for a speak-out to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Leonard...
1 Article on this Issue

Nebraska Gaming

article Court to hear case regarding historical horse racing on Tuesday (2/9/2020)
(Nebraska) -- A hearing has been scheduled in Lancaster County District Court for Tuesday to consider the future of historical horse racing machines in the state of...
1 Article on this Issue

Arkansas Gaming

article Divisions on casino fueling JP races (2/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- In the midst of a battle over a potential casino license that has pitted neighbor against neighbor and divided county and city government, Pope County has...
1 Article on this Issue

Fantasy Sports

article Court rules fantasy sports contests are illegal gambling (2/8/2020)
(New York) -- Daily fantasy contests like those operated by FanDuel and DraftKings face an uncertain future in New York after an appellate court ruled Thursday that a...
article Fantasy Sports Contests Are Illegal Gambling, New York Appeals Court Rules (2/7/2020)
(New York) -- A New York State appeals court on Thursday struck down most of a law that authorized fantasy sports in the state, dealing a setback to companies like...
article Strike Two For New York Daily Fantasy Sports: Court Rules 2016 Law Is Unconstitutional (2/7/2020)
(New York) -- The future of regulated daily fantasy sports is very much in jeopardy in New York. The NY Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a decision from Acting Justice...
article Why Daily Fantasy Players Are Suing MLB Over Sign Stealing (2/7/2020)
(New York) -- The electronic sign-stealing scandal in Major League Baseball is now the subject of multiple federal lawsuits. DraftKings contestant Kristopher Olson...
article Fantasy sports nightmare in N.Y. as games are ruled illegal gambling (2/6/2020)
(New York) -- For proponents of sports betting and fantasy sports, a court ruling Thursday in New York is a nightmare. A New York appellate court ruled that fantasy...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Ute Tribe

article Utah intervenes in tribe's lawsuit over 2 million acres and a billion in reparations (2/8/2020)
(Utah) -- A federal judge is allowing the state to intervene in a lawsuit that stakes claim to a huge chunk of land in eastern Utah and as much as a billion dollars in...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article Trump shrinks Utah's national monuments to allow mining (2/7/2020)
(Utah) -- The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized more than two years...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Mashpee tribe presses bid for sovereignty (2/7/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stepped out of a federal court Wednesday feeling hopeful. “I’m feeling like our attorneys did a...
1 Article on this Issue

Narragansett Tribe

article Tribe Loses Bid To Force FERC Preservation Rule Changes (sub req) (2/7/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe can't prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving the future destruction of sacred artifacts...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Sovereign immunity cited in appellate court ruling in Kaw tribal dispute (2/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Kay County judge exceeded his authority when he issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the then-chair and acting police chief of the Kaw Tribe of...
article Native American Jewish justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis explains how to make history (2/15/2020)
(Washington) -- When Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis was sworn in to Washington’s Supreme Court last month, she became the second Native American person to serve on a...
article Air Force Owes Contractor $1.7M Over Labor Costs (sub req) (2/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The government must pay $1.7 million to a U.S. Air Force contractor after it failed to properly notify the company about extra labor costs stemming from a...
article Federal Criminal Enforcement & Tribal Nations (2/11/2020)
(Indian Country) -- As “domestic dependent nations” that “retain sovereign powers,” Tribal Nations have limited sovereignty in relation to the...
article Pacific Rim objects to submission of certified questions to NMI Supreme Court (2/11/2020)
(Saipan) -- Pacific Rim International, which has sued Imperial Pacific International for breach of contract, is opposed to the submission of certified questions to the...
article Australia’s Aborigines win legal protection against deportation in landmark court ruling (2/11/2020)
(Australia) -- All of Australia's Aborigines, regardless of birthplace or nationality, are automatically Australian citizens, the nation's highest court ruled...
article Alleged money launderer wants his $25,000 casino bank draft back (2/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A convicted criminal, once at the centre of a high profile but now defunct money laundering investigation, wants his $25,000 bank draft back from...
article Arrests begin at Unist'ot'en as RCMP enforces Coastal Gaslink injunction against Wet'suwet'en (2/10/2020)
(British Columbia) -- RCMP have begun enforcing of a B.C. Supreme Court order in the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en Nation at the fourth site along a...
article Court rules Ochapowace First Nation created through amalgamation without consent (2/5/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- The Ochapowace First Nation was once two distinct bands, and a federal judge recently decided they were merged without the bands' consent.
article Documents suggest Canada paid millions more than admitted to fight Cindy Blackstock (2/5/2020)
(Canada) -- The federal government claims it has spent $5,261,009 in legal costs over the last 13 years to first fight Cindy Blackstock’s human rights complaint...
article Native American Jewish justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis tells us how she made history (2/5/2020)
(Washington) -- When Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis was sworn in to Washington’s Supreme Court earlier this month, she became the second Native American person to serve on...
article After winning a historic court victory, Sweden’s Sami face attacks, including death threats (2/5/2020)
(Sweden) -- A decision earlier this month by Sweden’s top court that upholds a Sámi right to manage hunting and fishing in a traditional herding area in the Arctic...
article Legal Scholar and Author Walter Echo-Hawk to Kick Off Book Tour at UCLA on Feb. 5 (2/4/2020)
(California) -- Native American legal scholar and author Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) will discuss and read from his latest book, The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the...
article Crystal Andrews verdict first to be delivered in northern Manitoba First Nation (2/4/2020)
(Manitoba) -- It was a “historic” first in Manitoba when the guilty verdict came down not far where Crystal Andrews was beaten to death. The Jan. 24 decision...
article Tribe loses appeal, will continue its fight (2/1/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin tribe is disappointed in an appellate court ruling but vows to continue its fight to prevent a sulfide mine in Menominee County. The Seventh...
article Federal government holding back true cost of fighting First Nations children at tribunal (1/31/2020)
(Ottawa) -- The Justice department won’t provide the total legal costs of its ongoing fight against First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal...
article Indigenous woman reaches settlement with Kelowna RCMP over sex assault interrogation (1/31/2020)
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous woman who launched a lawsuit against the Kelowna RCMP officer to whom she reported a sexual assault eight years ago has reached an...
article Kelowna sexual assault survivor reaches out-of-court settlement with RCMP after ‘degrading’ interrogation (1/31/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The woman at the centre of a “dehumanizing” sexual assault interrogation conducted by West Kelowna RCMP has settled her claim with the...
article Tribe, county come to sales tax agreement ending legal fight (1/30/2020)
(Washington) -- A Washington state Native American tribal group reached an agreement to end a federal lawsuit and begin sharing millions of dollars in sales tax receipts...
article State to pay $350,000 to settle Native American discrimination lawsuit (1/30/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The state has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging the state Department of Social Services discriminated against American Indian job...

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