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Chumash Tribe

article Rounds bill targets 'offensive, racist laws' (7/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday from Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., that would repeal antiquated laws regarding Native Americans.
article Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill (7/8/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians isn't the only one looking closely at a bill that typically isn't of intense interest in Native...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Sports betting bill passes N.C. House (7/17/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Sports betting is likely to come to Cherokee following the N.C. House of Representatives’ July 15 vote to pass a Senate bill allowing it to...
article North Carolina Legislature Approves Sports Betting At Two Tribal Casinos (7/16/2019)
(North Carolina) -- It may be the dog days of summer when it comes to sports betting, but don’t tell lawmakers in North Carolina. Legislators in the Tar Heel State...
article North Carolina Passes Tribal Sports Betting Bill, Odds Good on Governor’s Signature (7/16/2019)
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina is a governor’s signature away from legal sports betting — albeit strictly of the in-person variety and only on tribal...
article North Carolina sports betting just one signature away from legalization (7/16/2019)
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina’s General Assembly has approved the sports betting bill that was first given Senate clearance three months ago, paving the way...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

RESPECT Act

article Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans (7/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- During my time working as your governor and now U.S. senator, I’ve had the privilege of establishing friendships with tribal members from all...
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LGBTQ

article Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage (7/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux say they are the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council last week approved a same-gender...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage, considering updated hate crime law (7/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Monique "Muffie" Mousseaux and Felipa DeLeon have talked about returning to the Pine Ridge Reservation to renew their vows after the Oglala...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

MMIW

article Missing in Oklahoma: State could take steps to curb 'epidemic' of missing Native American women (7/16/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Rebecca Ponkilla still remembers the last moment she saw her daughter. She hugged Ida Beard inside their El Reno home as her daughter’s friends...
article Federal agencies missed 2nd deadline for tribal safety bills (7/16/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- For the second month in a row, U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on...
article Senate Bill Would Boost Resources for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Persons Cases (7/11/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- In 2016, only about 2% of the more than 5,700 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls were logged with the U.S. Justice Department...
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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Federal agencies missed 2nd deadline for tribal safety bills (7/15/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- For the second month in a row, U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on...
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New Hampshire Gaming

article Sports gambling now legal in New Hampshire (7/14/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- Right at a month ago, lawmakers in New Hampshire signed off on sports gambling legislation to make the New England state the second to be allowed to...
article Council committee recommends putting keno question on Keene ballot (7/14/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- The question of whether to allow keno in the city’s bars could return to the ballot in Keene’s November elections. N.H. Lottery Director...
article New Hampshire legalizes sports betting (7/13/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- Sports betting is now legal in New Hampshire. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday to allow mobile gambling as well as wagering at up to...
article New Hampshire Becomes Sixth State to Enact Sports Betting Law in 2019, Features Both Retail and Online Options (7/12/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- New Hampshire became the latest state to allow sports betting when Gov. Chris Sununu signed House Bill 480 into law on Friday. With that, New...
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Congress

article House moves defense bill in largely party-line vote (7/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahomans in the U.S. House voted along party lines as that chamber approved a major defense bill, setting up a battle with the Senate where Sen....
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation Council to mull renewable energy resources bill (7/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill,...
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Sports Betting

article Online Sports Betting States Face Hurdles Not Found in NJ (7/13/2019)
(Minnesota) -- New Jersey has been far and away the largest beneficiary of last year’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal sports wagering ban,...
article Puerto Rico Announces Legalization of Sports Betting (7/7/2019)
(Puerto Rico) -- There has been plenty of news coverage in the United States about the legalization of sports betting, but Puerto Rico is stealing some headlines of late...
article Puerto Rico Online, In-Person Sports Betting Proposal Likely to Soon Get Approval from Gov. Ricardo Rossello (7/7/2019)
(Puerto Rico) -- Legal sports betting is moving ahead in Puerto Rico as legislation probably will be signed promptly by Gov. Ricardo Rossello. It is seen as a way to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

International Game Technology

article Mattiello: ‘I was not aware’ state dropped requirement that IGT replace Lottery system (7/12/2019)
(Rhode Island) -- In Rhode Island’s race to legalize sports betting last year, state officials made an undisclosed concession to gambling giant IGT that’s...
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Big Data

article Changing privacy and data protection laws could change casino biometrics use (7/11/2019)
(USA) -- Casinos in the U.S. have used facial recognition since the 1990s, but those deployments may have to be adjusted based on potential changes to federal privacy or...
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Iowa Gaming

article Regulators Plan Final Vote On Iowa Sports Betting (7/11/2019)
(Iowa) -- State regulators will vote later this month on rules allowing sports betting in Iowa, fulfilling a law passed this year by the legislature. If the guidelines...
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Maine Gaming

article Maine Sports Betting Legislation Faces Uncertainty (7/10/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine sports bettors will likely have to wait for a while before the activity earns legal status in the state. Earlier this week, Governor Janet Mills decided...
article Maine Sports Betting Bill Can’t Become Law Without Governor’s Decision (7/8/2019)
(Maine) -- Sports betting in Maine will have to wait for an indefinite amount of time. Maine Governor Janet Mills did not sign off on M.E. L.D. 553 before her 10-day...
article Concerned Governor puts the brakes on Maine sports betting bill (7/4/2019)
(Maine) -- The best case scenario for sports betting in Maine is that legislation allowing it to happen might be in place by January 2020. The big delay to legalizing...
article Governor Does Not Sign Maine Sports Betting Bill (7/4/2019)
(Maine) -- Governor Janet Mills put the state’s sports betting bill on hold, after refusing to sign the measure into law by the July 1st deadline. Citing concerns...
article Gov. Mills Holds Nearly 40 Bills, Including One Allowing Sports Betting (7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills has held 39 bills for further consideration - ranging from sales tax exemptions to a measure allowing sports betting in Maine. The governor...
article Legal sports betting is scratched, at least for now, as governor puts bill on hold (7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Sports fans who were hoping to legally bet on the outcome of the World Series this fall or the Super Bowl next winter won’t be able to do that, at least...
article Maine Legal Sports Betting On Hold As Governor Demurs On Passage (7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- On Tuesday the deadline came and went for Maine Governor Janet Mills to sign L.D. 553, a bill passed by both chambers of the legislature on the last day of...
article Sports betting issue on hold in Maine after Gov. Mills tables Legislature's proposal (7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- A bill proposing an initial framework of oversight for a sports betting industry in Maine was held by Gov. Janet Mills, her office announced Wednesday. Mills...
article Sports betting bill goes under governor's pen today (7/2/2019)
(Maine) -- Governor Mills could weigh in on legislation to allow sports betting, among other bills passed by lawmakers in the final hours of this year's legislative...
article Sports betting, opioid industry fees await action in Maine (7/2/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine’s governor could weigh in on legislation to allow sports betting, among other bills passed by lawmakers in the final hours of this year’s...
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Mascot Issue

article Proposed ban of Native American mascots gets mixed reviews in Hanover (7/10/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives from Native American groups across the state proposed a ban of Native American Mascots in schools late last month. If a bill passes,...
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North Carolina Gaming

article North Carolina Sports Betting Bills Take Next Key Steps (7/10/2019)
(North Carolina) -- A pair of sports betting bill that lingered in the North Carolina House for months will finally have a hearing before the entire floor after...
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Elizabeth Warren

article Lee, Warren introduce bill to fight veteran gambling addiction (7/9/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Susie Lee and 2020 Democratic presidential aspirant Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts unveiled legislation Tuesday designed to address the...
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Washington, D.C. Gaming

article D.C. Council approves $215M sole-source sports betting contract (7/9/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a roll call vote Tuesday evening, D.C. Councilman Jack Evans cast the final vote needed to approve a $215 million sole-source contract with Greek...
article DC sports betting contract to remain with Intralot after hearing (7/9/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Council members in the District of Columbia have voted to award lottery and sports betting operations to Intralot for the next five years, despite...
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Mental Health

article Feds boosting suicide prevention support for Maine tribes (7/8/2019)
(Maine) -- The federal government is providing funding to Maine to help prevent youth suicide, including in Native American populations. The U.S. Department of Health...
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Cherokee Nation

article Walkingstick, Lay introduce legislation to reject pay increases (7/7/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A report from the Cherokee Nation Compensation Committee earlier this week recommends pay increases ranging from 26% for Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd to...
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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe

article Congressman’s bill to save Alabama-Coushatta gaming facility advances (7/5/2019)
(Texas) -- The last time we spoke to the Alabama-Coushatta tribe about their fight with the state, DETCOG and virtually all the surrounding had pledged their support for...
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Oneida Nation

article Bill aiding Vernon Downs signed by governor, local assemblywoman says (7/5/2019)
(New York) -- Legislation written by Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119th Dist. of Marcy, to allow Vernon Downs to use more gaming revenue for operations has been...
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Trump Adminstration

article Will a Trump Tweet Sabotage a Popular Bipartisan Bill to Restore Tribal Lands? (7/5/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Last month marked the 85th anniversary of the passage of the FDR-era Indian Reorganization Act. It is now up to Congress to make this milestone a...
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California Sports Betting

article California Lawmakers Introduce Another Sports Betting Bill (7/3/2019)
(California) -- California lawmakers introduced new legislation on Thursday that would allow voters the opportunity to legalize sports betting as soon as November 2020.
article State Senator Bill Dodd sponsors bill that could lead to sports betting in state (7/2/2019)
(California) -- State Sen. Bill Dodd is betting that legal sports gambling can help build bridges and educate California’s youth. The Democrat from Napa, whose...
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New York Gaming

article Bill To Help Vernon Downs Casino Signed Into Law (7/3/2019)
(New York) -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon to help the Vernon Downs Casino has been signed into law by the Governor. The bill will allow...
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Northern Arapaho

article Arapahos behind anti-gambling effort (7/3/2019)
(Wyoming) -- Advertising reports made with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office have revealed the Northern Arapaho Tribe as the only funder behind the Wyoming...
article BLOG: Wyoming Tribe Denies Creating Secretive Body Opposing Slots Regulation, Sacked Lobbyist Claims It’s Lying (7/2/2019)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arahapo tribe was behind a shadowy organization that sought to nix a legislative effort to create a gaming commission in Wyoming, according to...
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Other News

article Lankford, Cole sponsor legislation to eliminate laws targeting American Indians (7/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. James Lankford and 4th District Congressman Tom Cole were among those sponsoring legislation to eliminate sections of U.S. law...
article National horseracing doping regulation bill faces hurdles (7/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would set up national protocol for the doping of racehorses is working its way through Congress. The Horseracing Integrity Act, co-...
article ROUNDS: Bill shows RESPECT to Native Americans (7/13/2019)
(South Dakota) -- During my time governor and now U.S. senator, I’ve had the privilege of establishing friendships with tribal members from all nine reservations...
article Cole, Lankford sponsor bill to wipe out laws that hurt Native Americans (7/10/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. James Lankford and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday they are cosponsoring legislation to repeal unenforced federal laws that serve as...
article Senators introduce legislation to reduce laws directed toward Native Americans (7/10/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and...
article School voucher flap previews coming legislative debate (7/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Department of Education took heat from school-choice advocates last week after denying the stepchild of a soldier a state-funded voucher to pay...
article Sports Bettors Of Different Stripes: Bill, A Healthcare Pro In D.C. (7/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- This story is part of a Sports Handle miniseries looking at sports bettors across the country: Regular Joes who bet recreationally or semi-...
article Senate OKs bill to improve Columbia tribal fishing sites (6/29/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced Friday that, with unanimous support, the U.S....
article Law protecting tribal fishing waters among bills signed by Mills (6/24/2019)
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills Friday signed into law a bill that protects sustenance fishing for Maine's tribes. The legislation, which passed the Legislature with...
article House committee advances bill recognizing sovereign rights of tribes in Texas (6/22/2019)
(Texas) -- A bipartisan bill recognizing the sovereign rights of two tribes in Texas and placing them on the same footing as just about every other Indian nation when it...
article Delayed Bill S-3 amendments will be in force before election, says minister's office (6/18/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Delayed amendments to eliminate residual sex-based discrimination within the Indian Act will be implemented before the next election, according the...
article House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country (6/18/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are beginning consideration of an appropriations bill that increases funding for a wide range of Indian...
article Senators Udall & Heinrich Call for Senate Committee to Move Chaco Protection Legislation Forward (6/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee leadership requesting that the Chaco Cultural...
article House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills (6/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources is meeting on Wednesday morning for a markup session. Three Indian Country bills of interest are on the...
article Rep. Torres Small Launches Unused Explosive Clean Up Pilot Program (6/12/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Today, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) introduced and successfully included an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)...
article Sports betting approved at four upstate casinos (6/10/2019)
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission approved sports betting in person at four upstate casinos on Monday, while a bill in the state Legislature to allow...
article Tribal sustenance fishing bill headed to Gov. Mills’ desk (6/10/2019)
(Maine) -- Lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill regarded as a key step in resolving long-standing disputes between the state and tribal governments over...
article Garneau says he's open to amendments as opposition to B.C. tanker ban bill mounts (5/14/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Transport Minister Marc Garneau told the Senate committee studying the Liberal government's B.C. oil tanker ban bill today that he is open to...
article Lawmakers seek protections for Native women, children (5/11/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Unraveling jurisdictional hurdles and improving infrastructure in Indian Country are among the solutions members of New Mexico’s congressional...
article Recovery plan for North Coast kelp released (5/9/2019)
(California) -- Cynthia Catton, Ph.D., the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s chief researcher on the North Coast’s struggling kelp forests, gave...

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