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Chicago Casino

article Even With Sports Betting, Proposed Chicago Casino Sites Would Make Negative Dollars (8/23/2019)
(Illinois) -- Maybe Illinois shouldn’t have rushed into expanded gambling, including sports betting, so quickly? Chicago’s long-awaited casino is still in...
article Op-Ed: The house can't win in Chicago. What does it mean for the rest of Illinois? (8/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers and Chicago officials have proven that they can make lucrative industries into surefire losers. In the casino business, the house always...
article OP/ED: A consultant disses Lightfoot’s casino sites. Now what? (8/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- So a consultant has branded five casino sites floated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, all on the South and West Sides, as out-of-the-way losers.
article Column: Pols playing their hand like it’s Go Fish, not High Stakes Poker (8/13/2019)
(Illinois) -- Gee whiz, how did they screw that up? Chicago tries for decades to get a casino, and when the stars finally align with a supportive governor, mayor and...
article Editorial: Rescuing a Chicago casino from Springfield’s greedy tax grab (8/13/2019)
(Illinois) -- We’ve long contended that locating a casino in Chicago makes sense. Legal gambling tends to generate lots of tax revenue, which the city and state need.
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Election 2020

article OP/ED: Native American forum draws 11 candidates, including first Navajo to seek the Oval Office (8/23/2019)
(Iowa) -- If you want to know all about the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, don’t read The New York Times or Washington Post....
article EDITORIAL: Following Castro, Warren elevates Native American issues in campaign (8/20/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- It may have taken a couple of hundred years, but at long last some presidential contenders have “discovered” the potential political power...
article TRAHANT: Why bother? Red road to the White House (8/15/2019)
(Iowa) -- I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Sioux City, Iowa. A dozen years ago LaMere, and then...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Elizabeth Warren

article BLOG: Elizabeth Warren’s human shield (8/23/2019)
(Iowa) -- Have you noticed that nobody in the Democratic field ever attacks Elizabeth Warren? Sure, a few of the more centrist candidates -- Michael Bennet, Joe Biden,...
article OP/ED: Embracing 'Pocahontas' and Warren's future (8/21/2019)
(Iowa) -- This week, eight Democratic hopefuls for the presidential candidate nomination went to National Congress of American Indians. Many Tahlequah residents have at...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Oklahoma Gaming

article Busey: Oklahoma is Native America – Our tribal economic advantage (8/23/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma was Indian Territory long before statehood. Our state’s name stems from Choctaw words, “okla” and “humma,” meaning...
article OP/ED: Stitt right to seek review of casino fees (8/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- In discussions of tax policy, the issue of “fairness” often arises. So here’s a simple question. Is it fair to impose a larger tax...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Connecticut Gaming

article MGM STOOGE: Same old tribes play Bridgeport and state the same old tune (8/22/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Attention City of Bridgeport and Connecticut legislators: The real reason there is no casino in East Windsor, or in Bridgeport, is because the...
article McEnroe: CT stacks odds against itself on betting (8/20/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Why can’t we have not-nice things? As other states jump into sports betting, Connecticut lags. I’m going offer you a partial explanation,...
article MORON ALERT: Time To Stop The Un-American Treatment Of MGM In The Constitution State (8/19/2019)
(Connecticut) -- It was no surprise to hear the news last week that MGM International has filed another lawsuit against someone regarding its efforts to compete in the...
article EDITORIAL: Go back to casino Plan A (8/19/2019)
(Connecticut) -- If there had been a way to do it, 30 years ago, The Day would have liked to see the Native tribes in this region, our neighbors, thrive and flourish...
article Jacobs: Delay in legalizing sports betting in Connecticut a losing proposition (8/18/2019)
(Connecticut) -- THE LAND OF 169-to-1 ODDS — Permit me to add my voice to the sports betting debacle in Connecticut. Get it done! Get it done now! It’s a...
article OP/ED: Delay in legalizing sports betting in Connecticut a losing proposition (8/17/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Permit me to add my voice to the sports betting debacle in Connecticut. Get it done! Get it done now! It’s a year too late, but get it done...
article Gov. Lamont, place winning bet with tribes. Here’s how. (8/14/2019)
(Connecticut) -- I bet you two-to-one I can come up with a solution for the state’s gaming quagmire. But first, a few observations. On the issue of gaming and...
article Colin McEnroe: CT stacks odds against itself on betting (8/11/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Why can’t we have not-nice things? As other states jump into sports betting, Connecticut lags. I’m going offer you a partial explanation,...
article OP/ED: Connecticut shouldn't forfeit gambling policy to tribes (8/8/2019)
(Connecticut) -- With ideas for more gambling in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont and some state legislators seem to want to sell the state back to the Indians, or, really,...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article OP/ED: Ag Dept. does not help ranchers (8/22/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- This letter is in response to “Work session set on drought insurance conflict” printed in the Navajo Times on Aug. 8, 2019.
1 Article on this Issue

New Mexico Gaming

article ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL: Lawmakers, colleges need to show their hands on sports bets (8/22/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Once the U.S. Supreme Court decided 15 months ago to open the way for states to legalize betting on collegiate sports, it was as close to a sure thing as...
article Grammer: Allowing Lobo, Aggie wagering is a good bet (8/18/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Stevin Smith was in a hole. He owed his campus bookie, Benny Silman, around $10,000 and needed a way out. For most college students, that would mean a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Suquamish Tribe

article CHAIRMAN FORSMAN: We continue to build on Chief Seattle’s legacy (8/22/2019)
(Washington) -- The Suquamish Tribe welcomed thousands of visitors last weekend to celebrate the legacy of one of our leaders, Chief Seattle. Neighboring tribes came to...
1 Article on this Issue

Gambling Expansion

article OP/ED: Are betting shops good or bad for Croydon? (8/21/2019)
(UK) -- There are more than 60 betting shops and gambling venues in Croydon. And whether they are good or bad for the area is something that splits opinion.
1 Article on this Issue

Scientific Games

article OP/ED: If it ain’t broke: Florida Lottery extends decades-long deal with Scientific Games (8/21/2019)
(Florida) -- The Florida Lottery will be extending the state’s more than 30-year-long partnership with Scientific Games, the only U.S.-based full-service lottery...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article BABY THIEF: A New Trail of Tears and Be the Parent (8/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum....
article Harold Frazier: Victory for our children and the Indian Child Welfare Act (8/15/2019)
(South Dakota) -- It is with great pleasure that I applaud the decision of the US Fifth Circuit Court’s ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Indian Child...
article BLOG: You Guys, The Fifth Circuit Ruled *For* The Welfare Of Indian Children (8/14/2019)
(Texas) -- Texas Governor-in-Waiting/Attorney General Ken Paxton, joined by the AGs of Louisiana and Indiana, is suing in an attempt to get courts to declare that white...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Texas Gaming

article OP/ED: Senate has only 53 scheduled working days remaining this year to approve measure benefiting Alabama-Coushatta Tribe (8/20/2019)
(Texas) -- Fifty-three days. When Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 9, the 2019 congressional calendar shows U.S. senators have 53 working days scheduled...
1 Article on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article LETTERS: Powell shouldn't get attacked (8/17/2019)
(Connecticut) -- It’s unfortunate that Chris Powell once again rears his head to spout his ill-informed, hate-filled rhetoric. Being offensive isn’t new for...
1 Article on this Issue

Redding Rancheria

article Speak your piece: Proposed casino bad for Redding businesses (8/17/2019)
(California) -- Recently, as a physician practicing in Redding, I summarized what I believe where the social downsides of an expanded Indian casino on I-5. Those...
1 Article on this Issue

Wire Act

article US Justice Department Wire Act Opinion Case Now Heads to Appellate Court (8/17/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- The announcement means the First Circuit Court of Appeals will now consider hearing the case between the DOJ and the New Hampshire Lottery Commission...
1 Article on this Issue

Bridgeport Casino

article OP/ED: Bridgeport can learn from Springfield's revitalization (8/16/2019)
(Connecticut) -- To the world outside its borders, Bridgeport doesn’t have a sterling reputation. On those rare occasions when it’s referenced in popular...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Letter: I-90 location for Hard Rock Casino is ideal (8/15/2019)
(Illinois) -- Supporters of the Hard Rock Casino are not against downtown, but against locating it in downtown. I live near downtown and love the critical mass and blend...
1 Article on this Issue

Sports Betting

article OP/ED: GVC’s City punters are having to wait for a better in-play price (8/15/2019)
(London) -- Is in-play betting, during a sporting event, becoming a social problem? GVC, owner of Ladbrokes Coral, does not believe . . . oh...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Albert Bender: Neighborhood stands up to immigration raid (8/14/2019)
(Tennessee) -- ICE vehicles sat behind a van in the Hermitage neighborhood of the city. The van was parked in the driveway of a modest home lived in for 14 years by a...
article OP/ED:Indigenous people victimized by Donald Trump's racism (8/9/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- El Paso, Dayton, Las Vegas and New Zealand, and many more. All of them are frightening, but the one at El Paso, Texas is exceptionally frightening...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article OP/ED: Native American Imposters Keep Corrupting the “Redskins” Debate (8/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- This past Friday, I was sitting in the backyard of a cheap dive bar, enjoying a round of drinks with new acquaintances. After about 30 minutes and a...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article OP/ED: Action needed for B.C.’s forestry-dependent communities (8/12/2019)
(British Columbia) -- As summer progresses and more weeks pass by with no word from John Horgan and the NDP, hard-hit forestry communities grow ever more discouraged...
article OP/ED: Alberta separatism at this point a non-viable movement (8/12/2019)
(Alberta) -- We are a long way from Alberta separating from Canada, even though there was a separatist meeting in Calgary on the weekend and even though one-quarter of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article OP/ED: Taking a chance on gambling in York County (8/12/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The confetti on the floor of my father’s cigar and candy store always confused me. Had I missed a parade that marched through the store on the corner...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Tulsa World: Cherokees raise the tribe's minimum wage; Congress should do the same thing. (8/11/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will raise its minimum wage from $9.50 an hour to $11 an hour starting Oct. 1, incoming Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced last week....
1 Article on this Issue

North Dakota Gaming

article Our view: States should give OK to sports betting (8/11/2019)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakotans who wish to gamble can do so in establishments that offer charitable gaming. They purchase pull tabs or buy lottery tickets – such...
article Our view: States should give OK to sports betting (8/11/2019)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakotans who wish to gamble can do so in establishments that offer charitable gaming. They purchase pull tabs or buy lottery tickets – such...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Montana view: Want to fight gun violence? Renew VAWA (8/11/2019)
(Montana) -- Seven people were gunned down in Montana in the first seven months of 2019. If they had all died at the same place at the same time, the deaths would get...
1 Article on this Issue

California's Genocide

article RAMOS: What Gavin Newsom’s apology for genocide against Native Americans signifies (8/10/2019)
(California) -- As the first California Native American elected to the Legislature, I was honored to provide an opening blessing and sing a traditional bird song when...
1 Article on this Issue

Kentucky Gaming

article OP/ED: Let’s be honest, Kentucky already has casinos. The state needs a bigger cut. (8/9/2019)
(Kentucky) -- The light is low and the soft ping-ping of machines covered in cherries, angels and sexy devils rings through the air at Red Mile. Briefly, when bets are...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Young, indigenous and two-spirit: resisting the backlash against our rights (8/9/2019)
(Canada) -- I am a young, Indigenous activist from the settler-state of Canada, residing on the stolen lands of three Indigenous nations: the Haudenosaunee, the...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Q&A: PointsBet Sportsbook’s Seth Young On US Growth, What’s Unique And What’s Better (8/20/2019)
(USA) -- If you didn’t know about PointsBet Sportsbook last year, you probably do now. Headquartered in Australia, the sportsbook launched only seven months ago in...
article COLUMN: Native tongues must be saved (8/19/2019)
(Ohio) -- “Took away our native tongue/And taught their English to our young ...” – from “Indian Reservation,” by John D. Loudermilk....
article BLOG: When to raise bets on a penny slot (8/19/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- A shuffle through the Gaming mailbag: Q. What’s the best time to raise my bet on a penny slot?
article Opinion: How Democrats can win back workers in 2020 (8/16/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Labor unions and the workers they represent were once the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. The 2016 presidential election revealed just how...
article Opinion: People don't need to 'believe' in climate change to act on it, study suggests (8/15/2019)
(Washington) -- Skiing and glacier-viewing are two of the most popular tourist draws in Washington state’s North Cascades communities of Glacier and Concrete, but...
article OP/ED: Critics pounce on the state’s draft ethnic studies curriculum (8/15/2019)
(California) -- A course in ethnic studies has come a long way since I took one at Fairfax High School in the late 1970s. At that time, the teacher asked those who were...
article OP/ED: Hoċokata Ti is worth the price of admission (8/15/2019)
(Minnesota) -- As a cultural studies major in college, I have a genuine interest in different cultures. It’s why I like to visit museums. It’s also why I was...
article Clara Caufield: Getting married three times in one day (8/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Okay, some of my faithful readers might be interested in this new development, and also become even more convinced I am slipping.
article James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands (8/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A half century back, the weekend downtown sidewalks of Rapid City were filled with far more people than there are today. There was Woolworth’s,...
article Opinion: Nazi Germany and American Indians (8/14/2019)
(Arizona) -- Most Americans would probably be shocked to learn that in the early 1930s Nazi scholars, lawyers, and officials were heavily influenced by United States law...
article Tim Giago: Waving goodbye to one form of social media (8/14/2019)
(South Dakota) -- I have always tried not to follow the flock, but it seems that nearly everyone I know is on Facebook so I decided to see what it was all about. A...
article OP\ED: We must balance energy development with protections for national parks and public lands (8/13/2019)
(USA) -- The Western Energy Alliance recently published an op-ed in The Hill, touting their efforts to protect our national parks. However, the piece failed to address...
article Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge to saving climate and land (8/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- There are two things you need to know from last week’s report on land use and climate change from the United Nations. First: Governments around the...
article Opinion: What a drier and hotter future means for the arid Southwest (8/13/2019)
(USA) -- It’s a dry heat” is usually considered a positive expression, a relief on high-temperature days, and salve for the reality that the southwestern U.S...
article OP/ED: Japanese Whaling Is Not the Greatest Threat to Whale Conservation (8/13/2019)
(Worldwide) -- In July, Japan resumed commercial whaling after a three-decade hiatus. Many Western nations and organizations condemned the move. Although I would...
article Short odds on gambling addiction (8/12/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Gamblers lost $3.3 billion to Pennsylvania casinos from July 1, 2018, through June 30. That period was the state government’s 2019 fiscal year,...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery (8/8/2019)
(New York) -- No effective discussion on any Native issue can be done without understanding the following words and phrases. If we are to break the chains of "...
article A culture of fear in Indian Country (8/7/2019)
(Oregon) -- I didn’t need her to tell me she was afraid, although she did. Her fear radiated through the phone, lacing her warm voice with nervous laughter. We...
article SCHUETZ: Why It Matters (8/5/2019)
(USA) -- Diversity isn’t just a platitude to be trotted out at employees rallies or shareholder meetings, says casino veteran Richard Schuetz. He points to the...
article LETTER: My partner’s gambling habit has forced me to kick him out of the house (8/1/2019)
(UK) -- Gambling has forced me to kick out my partner. He has a terrible habit, not just in the bookies but online too and was showing my teenage son how to get into it.

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