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Navajo Nation

article MORON ALERT: Page man arrested for urging killings of Navajo over virus (4/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Authorities in northern Arizona have arrested a man for writing a racist social media post accusing Navajo people of carrying the coronavirus and calling...
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Sports Leagues

article Dana White says UFC close to securing private island for events (4/7/2020)
(Worldwide) -- UFC president Dana White said he has plans for a full schedule beyond UFC 249 even if he has to secure the land himself. He insists he is close to...
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COVID-19

article MORON ALERT: Bristol Bay health corp. executive removed after suggesting a COVID-19 conspiracy theory (4/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- A top official at Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. sent an email to other managers this month promoting the falsehood that the coronavirus pandemic is no worse...
article MORON ALERT: Cape party-goers ignoring call to self-isolate despite coronavirus (3/22/2020)
(South Africa) -- People are ignoring the call to quarantine and continue to party and gamble despite the rapid spread of Covid-19. Pay day is coming and police are...
article Squandered time: How the Trump administration lost control of the coronavirus crisis (3/7/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The coronavirus had already begun to spiral out of control around the world when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, during routine...
article White House sidelines Azar from coronavirus response (3/5/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- There will be a notable omission when Vice President Mike Pence visits Washington state Thursday as part of the Trump administration's...
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Washington Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Washington state acted irresponsibly when legalizing in-person sports betting during coronavirus pandemic (3/31/2020)
(Washington) -- In a world which is changing rapidly before our very eyes, the only logical way to wager is by using legal sports betting sites to avoid spreading...
article THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: Don’t give tribal casinos a monopoly on sports betting (3/7/2020)
(Washington) -- There’s an urgent situation in Washington state that requires emergency legislation, according to the Legislature. Not the coronavirus outbreak,...
article MORON ALERT: Maverick Gaming Prepared to Spend Millions to Thwart Washington State Tribal-Only Sports Betting Bill (3/2/2020)
(Washington) -- Maverick Gaming has vowed to spend “$20 to $30 million” to block a bill in Washington state that would authorize sports betting at tribal...
article MORON ALERT: Maverick Gaming backs calls for legal sports betting in Washington State (1/20/2020)
(Washington) -- Las Vegas headquartered Maverick Gaming has voiced its support for a fully regulated and taxed land-based and mobile sports betting system in Washington...
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First Nations

article MORON ALERT: Quebec couple fleeing COVID-19 'endangered' Yukon First Nation, chief says (3/30/2020)
(Canada) -- A Quebec couple, apparently fearing the spread of COVID-19, travelled thousands of kilometres across the country to find haven in a remote northern Yukon...
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Redskins

article How Legal Sports Betting Is Factoring Into Redskins' Stadium Plans (3/10/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The location of a new Washington Redskins stadium remains to be determined, but the odds on whether ground eventually breaks in Maryland, Virginia...
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Enrollment

article Galanda: Facebook's violence against Indigenous women problem (3/7/2020)
(Washington) -- Last month, High Country News published a feature story by local writer Jane Hu titled, “One woman took a stand against tribal disenrollment and...
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North Dakota Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Tribal sovereignty is a two-edged sword (3/1/2020)
(North Dakota) -- In 2017, North Dakota lawmakers approved the use of electronic pull-tab machines in charitable gaming. In practice, these machines are almost...
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Settlement Act

article Fossel: Tribal gaming is no fix for Maine’s gambling problems (2/29/2020)
(Maine) -- It’s been a few years since Maine has voted on gambling, so it must be just about time to take another whack at it, right? Politicians in the State...
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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article State employees sanctioned for decorating Columbus Day cake with smallpox reference (2/28/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Three members of the state Department of Safety and Professional Services’ legal team face sanctions after a workplace joke involving a Columbus Day...
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GasLink

article Mohawk leaders blast Legault's 'disrespect for minorities' as premier refuses to apologize for AK-47 claims (2/27/2020)
(Quebec) -- Premier François Legault is refusing to apologize for his incendiary allegation about the presence of AK-47s in Kahnawake, further driving a wedge between...
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Mascot Issue

article SEE YA: Killingly BOE member resigns (2/27/2020)
(Connecticut) -- A Killingly Board of Education member who supported bringing back the old high school mascot has resigned after her husband found a job out of state. In...
article State Lawmaker Wants To Protect Use Of Native American Mascots. But He Didn’t Ask Utah’s Tribes. (1/24/2020)
(Utah) -- A Utah lawmaker is catching heat over a proposed resolution that discourages abandoning the use of Native American names, images and symbols. Tribal leaders...
article MORON ALERT: A Utah lawmaker says the state should support Native American mascots (1/22/2020)
(Utah) -- A Cedar City lawmaker wants the state to assert its formal opposition to stripping Native American names or symbols from schools — about a year after a...
article Sports editor apologizes for tweeting 'scalps' after game (12/30/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A sports editor for a New Mexico newspaper apologized this week after using "scalps" in a tweet to describe a high school basketball team...
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Cherokee Nation

article The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors (2/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, High Country News and The New York Times jointly reported a story on the ongoing battle between Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, R, and tribes in the...
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Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

article MORON ALERT: Mayor accused of fanning the flames (2/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Twitter comments have embroiled another politician in controversy. This time, it was Ely Mayor Chuck Novak in the hot seat at Tuesday’s city council...
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Election 2020

article Michael Bloomberg Recommended Confronting Native Americans With A ‘Cowboy Hat And Shotgun’ (2/19/2020)
(New York) -- As scrutiny of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg‘s record as New York City mayor continues, Breitbart reported that the surging...
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Donald Trump

article Post-impeachment, Trump declares himself the ‘chief law enforcement officer’ of America (2/18/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- During his Senate impeachment trial, Democrats repeatedly asserted that President Trump is “not above the law.” But since his acquittal...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article MORON ALERT: Hamptons art dealer caught on camera scuffling with cops: ‘I am not a politician’ (2/18/2020)
(New York) -- Hamptons art dealer Ruth Vered was dragged out of fancy Sag Harbor eatery Tutto il Giorno and arrested last week after allegedly making offensive remarks...
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Sports Betting

article OP/ED: Why Attaching Sports Betting To Local Casinos Is Bad State Policy (2/14/2020)
(USA) -- It’s been almost two years since the Supreme Court cleared the way for state legalization of sports betting, and in that time, 13 states have done so...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article New group starts ad campaign challenging how much casinos are giving back to the state (2/8/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The casino industry in Oklahoma is one of the biggest in the state. So large, Gov. Kevin Stitt wants a bigger piece of the cash pie. Now a new ad is out in...
article New Tribal Gaming Ads Spark Controversy (2/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The governor and the tribes have been battling over whether 15-year gaming agreements, called compacts, expired Jan. 1 or automatically renew. That will be...
article MORON ALERT: Kevin Stitt stands up for all Oklahomans, including the smaller tribes (1/27/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- When Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called last summer for fresh negotiations over compacts that allow casino gaming in our state, leaders of the Big Tribes...
article MORON ALERT: Compact Dispute Solution: End the Casino Monopoly (1/22/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- With Governor Stitt and Oklahoma’s tribes at loggerheads over the gaming compact, it’s a good time to reconsider the tribes’ gambling...
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California Sports Betting

article LETTER: California Tribes Renounce Misleading Sports Betting Testimony (2/7/2020)
(California) -- Dear Honorable Members: We write to address the testimony by Daniel Wallach at your committees’ January 8, 2020, Joint hearing on the overview of...
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Poarch Creek

article Former state senator challenges Poarch Creek legal status (2/5/2020)
(Alabama) -- Former state Sen. Gerald Dial raised questions at a Tuesday press conference over the legal status of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, distributing letters...
article OP/ED: PCI’s billion dollar plan raises questions (1/28/2020)
(Alabama) -- Over the last few months, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has flooded the state with an advertising campaign touting a billion-dollar package labeled...
article MORON ALERT: PCI supported President Trump’s rivals but want state Republican to do their bidding (1/21/2020)
(Alabama) -- In 2016, Alabamians overwhelmingly supported Donald J. Trump for president. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, however, put the majority of their money...
article Dial: Poarch Creek offers 'quid pro quo' to Alabama (12/11/2019)
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Creek Casino Operation pays no taxes on their Alabama casino profits, but as we recently saw in their new “plan” – now they...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Opinion: Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act (1/30/2020)
(Louisiana) -- The mainstream media barely covered oral arguments in a critical Indian Child Welfare Act case last week but USA Today is here to make up for it with an...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: It's Time To Treat All Adopted Kids The Same, No Matter Their Race (1/19/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Child Welfare Act strips basic constitutional rights from any child who is racially classified as “Indian.” ICWA was...
article CATO: Stop Treating Adopted Kids Differently Based on Race (1/13/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Child Welfare Act strips basic constitutional rights from any child who is racially classified as “Indian.” ICWA was...
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Massachusetts Gaming

article 25 Investigates: Young Children left unattended while parents gamble at Massachusetts casinos (1/27/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Michael Minichello lives across the street from the bright lights of Encore Boston Harbor. “My 5 year old always wants to come over,”...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article MORON ALERT: Mississippi man headed to prison for bank robbery, calling in school bomb threats as distraction (1/13/2020)
(Mississippi) -- David Keith Frazier, 33, of Neshoba County and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge...
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Snoqualmie Tribe

article Police Blotter: You can’t arrest me on tribal land (1/13/2020)
(Washington) -- Court Order Violation in Progress: Around 4PM while patrolling Snoqualmie, an officer spotted a vehicle being driven with a male and female inside that...
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Postle Scandal

article Mike Postle's Magazine Releases Anonymous Article Casting Doubt on Cheating Claims (1/12/2020)
(California) -- A magazine that was founded by Mike Postle is claiming that the alleged cheat’s winrate is nowhere near as high as previously calculated, and...
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CSKT

article Opinion: Sen. Daines’ water compact legislation fails to protect western Montana (1/8/2020)
(Montana) -- Less than one month ago, Sen. Steve Daines introduced Senate Bill 3019, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act, to the US Senate. In his attempt to fix the...
article Guest opinion: Fight against CSKT Water Compact (11/26/2019)
(Montana) -- On Nov. 22, my cell phone exploded with requests to comment on the latest events involving the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact that...
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Florida Gaming

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: 8 Reasons Why the Florida Constitutional Amendment on “Casino Gambling” Does Not Bar the Legislative Authorization of Sports Betting (1/5/2020)
(Florida) -- The debate over the legalization of sports betting in Florida intensifies next week when the Florida Legislature kicks off its 60-day legislative session....
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Little Shell Tribe

article Little Shell chair, others object to Stapleton post (12/30/2019)
(Montana) -- A rambling weekend post by Secretary of State Corey Stapleton comparing Native American tribes' relationships with Montana and the U.S. government to...
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Wisconsin Oneida

article Oneida Nation speaks out after Hobart declines to lower flag to honor late former Chairman Rick Hill (12/19/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The family of former Oneida Chairman Rick Hill was honored when Gov. Tony Evers this week ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Hill's memory....
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Connecticut Gaming

article SEE YA: Uri Clinton, a leading voice in debate over expanded gambling in Connecticut, has resigned as president of MGM Empire City (12/2/2019)
(New York) -- Uri Clinton -- the most visible MGM Resorts International executive of Connecticut’s casino expansion debate -- has resigned his post as president...
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Thanksgiving

article LETTER: Don't compare American sins against Native Americans to the Holocaust (11/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Nick Alexandrov reminds us that Thanksgiving is the time for serving up liberal helpings of virtue signaling alongside the yams (“Remember the bloody...
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Other News

article Police: Man set fire to toilet paper in Sioux Falls casino, then started throwing punches (3/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Sioux Falls police say they arrested a man who lit toilet paper on fire inside a casino and then punched a man over the weekend. Dustin Wade Buffalo,...
article MORON ALERT: Jamal Bryant calls out Christians who burn sage, says it’s ‘witchcraft,' 'satanic aromatherapy’ (3/7/2020)
(Georgia) -- Calling sage burning “witchcraft” and “satanic aromatherapy,” Pastor Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in...
article MORON ALERT: Alaska House’s minority Republicans put controversial Wasilla representative on probation (3/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Republican minority in the Alaska House of Representatives will temporarily remove Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, from legislative committees for...
article Cedric Sunray: Response to recruitment incident at Harding Charter Preparatory High School (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- As a 6’4, 225lb. straight male of white racial phenotype, as well as being a former NCAA athlete and university coach, I know well the privilege and...
article Former Oklahoma Christian University Recruiter Defends Sorting Students By Skin Color and Hair Texture (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A former Oklahoma Christian University recruiter is defending his exercise that put Black students and students of color in an uncomfortable position....
article MORON ALERT: Oklahoma College Recruiter Lined Up High School Students by Skin Color and Hair Type (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A college recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University is no longer working for the school after he told a group of high school students to line up...
article 'A+ for effort': Confusion, frustration surrounded Oklahoma's new state brand (3/1/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly three weeks after Oklahoma’s new state brand was unveiled, tens of thousands of Oklahomans have made it known that they aren't fans. On...
article Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for a second time (2/27/2020)
(Ottawa) -- With little fanfare, the Senate of Canada voted today to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak for the remainder of this parliamentary session because she failed to...
article Indspire says Inuk athlete Johnny Issaluk will not get an award at March ceremony (2/26/2020)
(North Canada) -- A national Indigenous organization says Johnny Issaluk will not be honoured at its award ceremony next week. President and CEO of Indspire, Roberta...
article MORON ALERT: In San Francisco, a Panel Defends Controversial WPA Mural at George Washington High School (2/24/2020)
(California) -- All nine panelists at an event organized by San Francisco’s George Washington High School Alumni Association agreed that the high school’s...
article Oklahoma gets backlash for excluding Native American heritage on new branding website (2/18/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma officials were forced to revise the language on a new state branding website after backlash over its exclusion of Native Americans' roots in the...
article MORON ALERT: State brand website tweaked over Land Run reference (2/17/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s new state branding website was updated over the weekend to better account for the state’s indigenous history after outrage on social...
article Lynn Beyak claimed she was Métis during her anti-racism training sessions (2/3/2020)
(Ottawa) -- Ontario Sen. Lynn Beyak is again facing suspension from the Red Chamber for failing to complete her anti-racism training — a project that started off...
article Sports editor apologizes for tweeting ‘scalps’ after game (1/4/2020)
(Arizona) -- A sports editor for a New Mexico newspaper apologized in late December after using “scalps” in a tweet to describe a high school basketball team...
article Montana lawmaker returns from Israel trip drawing comparisons between Palestinians and Native Americans, but reaches wrong conclusions (1/2/2020)
(Montana) -- Last month, Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton traveled to Israel as part of a bipartisan delegation to the country. The National Association of...
article MORON ALERT: Montana Secretary Of State Faces Heat From Offensive Newsletter (1/2/2020)
(Montana) -- Montana’s Secretary of State is facing heat online for writing a newsletter that compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to U.S.-tribal relations....
article MORON ALERT: Joliet Township Supervisor Vera’s racist comment in closed meeting (12/29/2019)
(Illinois) -- After discovering Joliet Township went into a closed meeting on June 11, 2019 to discuss Road District personnel, we requested the minutes and audio...
article Sports editor apologizes for tweeting 'scalps' after game (12/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A sports editor for a New Mexico newspaper apologized this week after using “scalps” in a tweet to describe a high school basketball team...
article BLOG: Recognizing the Native American Genocide Is Not a Threat (12/18/2019)
(USA) -- Guess what headline I just saw on the news? “Erdogan threatens to recognise killings of Native Americans as genocide in response to Armenia resolution....
article MORON ALERT: Why Salmon recovery cannot happen due to politics, tribes and conservation groups (12/14/2019)
(Idaho) -- The salmon problem is not only in Idaho, but throughout the entire west coast of North America. The main complaint you read and hear about through the media...

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