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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Columbus Day Eliminated (1/16/2020)
(Virginia) -- The elimination of Columbus Day and changing it to Indigenous People’s day is what LB 848 by Senators Brewer, Linehan, McCollister, Sheer and Vargas...
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New York Gaming

article Editorial: Amateurish oversight of casinos (1/16/2020)
(New York) -- So much money flows in and out of New York State’s government that any sum less than seven figures can seem almost insignificant. Part of the job of...
article COLUMN: I got banned from a casino for using a friend’s rewards card (1/11/2020)
(New York) -- Dear John: I have been a faithful reader of The New York Post for several years. I hope that you can help me with a problem that I have where I strongly...
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Tennessee Gaming

article OP/ED: The Tennessee Lottery shouldn't oversee sports gambling. Here is why (1/16/2020)
(Tennessee) -- Placing the Tennessee Lottery in charge of sports betting illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding our state legislature has about sports betting....
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Trans Mountain

article PASTERNAK: No, those who defend the Wet’suwet’en territory are not criminals (1/16/2020)
(Canada) -- Over the coming weeks, two stories will be told repeatedly about the police raids and arrests on Wet’suwet’en territory. One story will already...
article UN pouring fuel on B.C. gas pipeline fire, critics say (1/13/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The situation with the Coastal GasLink pipeline and a group of First Nations protesters opposed to it was already incendiary enough before a United...
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CSKT

article Opponents: Sen. Daines’ Flathead tribal water settlement should be withdrawn (1/15/2020)
(Montana) -- A proposed settlement of the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water rights raises too many unanswered questions and should be withdrawn, its...
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...
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Japan Gaming

article OP/ED: Japanese gov't should reconsider casino resort plan in light of bribery scandal (1/15/2020)
(Japan) -- House of Representatives legislator Tsukasa Akimoto was hit with another arrest warrant by special investigators at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors...
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Georgia Gaming

article EDITORIAL: Will Savannah double down on a casino? (1/14/2020)
(Georgia) -- Nearly every pessimistic prediction about Savannah over the past few years has come true. Some us warned that the National Park Service might downgrade the...
article Casinos: Bad idea for Georgia, especially bad for Savannah (1/1/2020)
(Georgia) -- THE CITY OF SAVANNAH is known worldwide for its squares, architecture, coastal beauty, Southern charm, and most of all, its hospitality. It’s already...
article COLUMN: Time for state to put its chips on the table (12/30/2019)
(Georgia) -- Metro Atlanta is now virtually the only top 10 population center in the nation (eighth largest), not within a two hour drive of a major gaming destination....
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Sports Betting

article OP/ED: Even these experts can’t precisely describe the legalized sports betting galaxy (1/14/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- No matter how hard I try, I keep underestimating the ever-expanding universe of legalized sports betting in America. I need the ghost of Carl Sagan as my...
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Cherokee Nation

article OP/ED: Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma (1/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history. Whether it is a refreshing spring that supplied Cherokee families with life-sustaining water, a...
article OP/ED: Why Are We Still Arguing Over the Legacy of Cherokee ‘Outlaw’ Ned Christie? (1/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- On the spring evening in 1887 that he arrived in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, U.S. Deputy Marshal Dan Maples was fatally shot in the...
article Chief Chat: Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma (1/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history. Whether it is a refreshing spring that supplied Cherokee families with life-sustaining water, a...
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DOI

article Freemuth co-authors "Moving Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado won't be good for public lands" (1/13/2020)
(Idaho) -- The Trump administration has pursued many controversial goals in managing U.S. public lands, including shrinking national monuments and cutting back...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

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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Maine Gaming

article Our View: Gov. Mills’ sports betting veto was the right call (1/13/2020)
(Maine) -- You can buy a lottery ticket in Maine. You can put down a bet on a horse race. You can push the buttons on a slot machine, fill out a card for high-stakes...
article COLUMN: Not allowing legal sports betting in Maine is one bad decision (1/11/2020)
(Maine) -- Dirigo, our state motto, means “I Lead.” Perhaps it needs to be changed. At least when it comes to sports betting because we are now way behind...
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Poarch Creek

article OP/ED: Poarch Creek’s offer is a pipe dream opening the door to a nightmare (1/13/2020)
(Alabama) -- Over the last ten years, the political influence of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has grown so powerful that they can kill any legislation that poses a...
article BRYAN: More than $300M a year would come after $1 billion tribal casino offer (1/8/2020)
(Alabama) -- Perhaps Gerald Dial’s effort to master Latin is commendable. We agree with him that “Quid Pro Quo” does mean something for something....
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Steve Wynn

article SCHUETZ: Tired of Wynning Yet? (1/13/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- The insistence of Nevada regulators to further punish Steve Wynn could cost the state millions and damage the reputation of the state agencies as the...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article Flash Point team talks tribal gaming compacts with former State Treasurer (1/12/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. This week, former Oklahoma State Treasurer,...
article LETTER: Gov. Stitt will go down in history as a treaty busting politician (1/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In U.S. history, 500 treaties between Native American tribes and the government were all broken by the government. Gov. Kevin Stitt is wanting to break...
article OP/ED: A tribal sovereignty primer (1/9/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- During my years on the staff of The Lawton Constitution, I covered several Indian tribes and in the process became fairly well-versed in exactly what is...
article HOLDEN: Federal Lawsuit Threatens To Derail Legal Gambling In Oklahoma (1/7/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- While much of the country has been discussing the chances for expanded gambling — via authorizing sports betting, poker, and/or online casinos...
article Berrey: Oklahoma governor threatens tribal economies (1/4/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The following is a statement from John Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Nation, in connection with the Cherokee Nation v. Stitt litigation. The lawsuit was...
article State, tribal partnership 'achieve greatest good' (1/4/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In an era when society seems to be torn into opposing camps, it is heartening to look back in time when the dots of history created a path to partnerships...
article OP/ED: Problem gambling must be part of compact debate (1/4/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The debate over renegotiating state-tribal gaming compacts, which confer monopoly rights to casinos, has focused mostly on dollars and cents. But the...
article LETTER: Proud of Stitt's cabinet member for standing up to the governor (1/4/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- I am proud of Lisa Billy for standing up to Gov. Kevin Stitt. She’s an asset to the tribes. Two former governors, Barry Switzer, company CEOs,...
article Gulf widening in Oklahoma gaming dispute (12/29/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s hunch in the early months of a gaming dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Indian tribes looks more and more prescient today....
article LETTER: Follow the money on Gov. Stitt’s plan on casino-style gaming (12/29/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Through the compact with the tribes, the state collects tribal revenues from Class III electronic games. What is Class III gaming? It includes slot...
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Kentucky Gaming

article Cothran: A gambling ‘expert’ gave pro-gambling legislators exactly what they wanted for Christmas (1/10/2020)
(Kentucky) -- The week before Christmas, Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations decided to give itself a present. Committee members,...
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California Sports Betting

article Opinion: How Much Would Tribes Contribute To State From CA Sports Betting Revenue? (1/9/2020)
(California) -- Ahead of the first substantive hearing to legalize California sports betting, the proposed initiative filed by the state’s leading Indian gaming...
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Pamunkey Tribe

article Long: Gambling isn't a good bet (1/9/2020)
(Virginia) -- It’s a new month, a new year, and a new decade, and with them comes a new political balance in Richmond. The Democrats have taken the majority in...
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Massachusetts Gaming

article BOSTON GLOBE: Mass. should step up on online sports betting (1/8/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- With the NFL playoffs now underway, many sports fans will be betting on their favorite teams with their phones — that is, if they live in New...
article OP/ED: A gamble worth taking? As NH moves, the clock is ticking for Massachusetts on sports betting (12/30/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- On Monday, anyone over the age of 21 who is in the Granite State could legally place an online bet on a professional sporting event — if the...
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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....
article EDITORIAL: Sports betting bill a bad bet for Florida (12/31/2019)
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate is pushing a bill to legalize sports betting statewide. It would allow instant wagering on smartphones, make betting kiosks as common as...
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Illinois Gaming

article OP/ED: Video gaming revenue helps Lincoln (1/5/2020)
(Illinois) -- I see Lincoln has a new business on Woodlawn Road, perhaps the heaviest traveled thoroughfare in our fair city. A video gaming business named Jackpot...
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Virginia Gaming

article COMMENTARY: 'No-brainer' casino, gambling bill would exploit Virginia's poor (1/5/2020)
(Virginia) -- What used to happen only in Las Vegas didn’t stay there. Today, casino gambling, which defined the desert resort town, proliferates the country....
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Alaska Native Corporations

article OPINION: Our state and Native corporations strengthen each other (1/3/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native corporations are the epitome of local business. Owned and controlled by Alaska Native shareholders, and firmly rooted in our ancestral...
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Mining & Drilling

article Opinion: Pebble misrepresents tribes (1/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- On Nov. 23 I received from Pebble Mine a mailed pamphlet making it sound like the Nondalton Tribal Council and Cunyung Tribal Council helped produce the...
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Navajo Nation

article OP/ED: A shout-out to Council delegates (1/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Council delegates get bashed a lot, so I thought I’d take a moment to say how much I appreciate their good traits. No one is perfect,...
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Wampanoag Aquinnah

article OP/ED: A rising tide lifts all ships (1/2/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Ah, the year 2050. We’ve come a long way from 2020. Remember Trump? When I look out over the balcony of my rent-controlled Vineyard Haven...
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Native Voices

article GIAGO: Wounded Knee: 129 years later (1/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. One year and 27 days after joining the Union nearly 300 innocent men, women and children were murdered...
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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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Mascot Issue

article OP/ED: Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue (12/30/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and...
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Michigan Gaming

article EDITORIAL: Michigan’s move to allow online gaming poses risk (12/27/2019)
(Michigan) -- Michigan lawmakers this month passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the...
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Other News

article OP/ED: Is gambling too convenient? (1/18/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Legal online poker made $2.5 million in its first full month of being legal in Pennsylvania. That’s not a lot in the great scheme of things. It...
article LETTER: New Year’s at casino was a flop (1/16/2020)
(Colorado) -- If you had planned on bringing in the New Year at Sky Ute Casino and Resort this year, for 2020, it was boring! There was no countdown to New Year’s...
article OP/ED: The US claims to value honour, but has it ever? (1/14/2020)
(Indian Country) -- For my people, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), honour is a key component of who we are. It is so important to us that it is one of our core...
article OP/ED: Time for Chips on the Table (1/14/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- In the midst of a nostalgic return visit to my favorite casino, the original Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, to say bon voyage and farewell,...
article AL WEIWEI: Capitalism and ‘Culturecide’ (1/14/2020)
(Berlin) -- Lu Xun, the greatest Chinese writer of the 20th century, created a character named Ah Q who became both adored and feared among Chinese for his wicked...
article LETTER: Tribal leader casts a net too wide on salmon debate (1/13/2020)
(Washington) -- Lorraine Loomis in her Jan. 1, 2020, commentary throws a net too wide. In her effort to protect tribal fishing rights and save the salmon she locks up...
article COLUMN: Credit cards on the casino floor? Maybe... (1/13/2020)
(Atlantic City) -- Credit where credit is due: If you’re not getting complimentary rooms, meals and drinks at your favorite casino, you probably pull out a credit...
article OP/ED: ‘This is the only child I have and I much desire to find him’: Confronting U.S. history of family separation (1/10/2020)
(USA) -- Anguished over family members gone missing during slavery, freedmen placed such ads in the Christian Recorder and other newspapers for at least 30 years after...
article OP/ED: Fracking and the Metaphysics of Indian-Hating (1/10/2020)
(Indian Country) -- John Sayles is an award-winning filmmaker known for his directorial style and the topics of his films. He is also an excellent writer of fiction. My...
article COLUMN: The moral rot at the head of the Montana GOP (1/8/2020)
(Montana) -- Montanans woke up on Sunday morning after Christmas to a sour gift from our secretary of state. Corey Stapleton used a taxpayer-funded website and email to...
article GROCHOWSKI: What's the deal with slots? Why some stay and some go (1/7/2020)
(Atlantic City) -- A shuffle through the Gaming mailbag: Q. Two friends and I leave our husbands alone for a while once every couple of weeks and go play slots together...
article OP/ED: Curing the problems that seem incurable (1/6/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Are things any better for Native Americans addicted to drugs and alcohol in 2020 than they were in 2010? I often write that the more things change...
article Lycka: Gamblng advertising – Here be monsters! (1/6/2020)
(UK) -- In the latest of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka dips into the rich history...
article OP/ED: We just want IPI to follow our laws and the casino license agreement (1/5/2020)
(Saipan) -- While the pro-casino group turns a blind eye to multiple violations and red flags, the House minority members speak out and seek to hold IPI and the...
article OP/ED: Adam Sandler Would Have Been the Perfect 2020 Golden Globes Best Actor Winner (1/5/2020)
(Hollywood) -- The Golden Globes are fucking weird, man. The sheer number of categories and the division of comedy/musicals from dramas makes for a lot of bizarre shit....
article OP/ED: Nature Lovers Too Radical for Tejon Open Space? (1/4/2020)
(California) -- Does anyone remember the protests of the 1960s? I was too young to be a part of it, but from what I’ve seen on the History Channel, all kinds of...
article OP/ED: Native American Art And Culture Deserve A Fresh Look (1/3/2020)
(Missouri) -- I attended an inspiring and educational talk titled "Mound City--The Place of the Indian Past and Present in St. Louis" given by Professor...
article OP/ED: Take a deep breath for the new decade (1/2/2020)
(Worldwide) -- Use whatever analogy or superlative you want in describing the state of human civilization as we enter the new decade, there is a sense of massive change...
article OP/ED: Stop the Spread of Liquefied Natural Gas — Before It’s Too Late (12/28/2019)
(USA) -- Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a potential disaster in the making. That’s the conclusion of a new report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, which...
article OP/ED: For Some Jews, a Menorah and a Christmas Tree (12/26/2019)
(USA) -- Readers discuss an Op-Ed article about a Jewish mother’s qualms over having a Christmas tree in her home. Also: A slight to Native Americans; good...

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