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Mining & Drilling

article OP/ED: In a letter to the feds, Alberta lambastes the report on overhauling National Energy Board (6/23/2017)
(Alberta) -- The Alberta government has a few issues with a new report that strives to modernize the National Energy Board. Actually, make that problems. Big problems.
article OP/ED: A slow burn is quickening in B.C. (6/11/2017)
(British Columbia) -- There is a growing sense of anger and frustration as more people in B.C. realize how their very livelihoods are being treated as pawns in a...
article OP/ED: It’s never too late to stop bad idea of LNG plant (6/10/2017)
(Washington) -- Having vanquished the methanol refinery just one year ago, Tacoma faces another threat from the fossil fuel industry. Puget Sound Energy has proposed an...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Seneca Nation

article EDITORIAL: No excuse for lack of casino cash talks (6/23/2017)
(New York) -- Where does the city of Niagara Falls stand in terms of its casino negotiations with the Seneca Nation of Indians? It’s a question many people have...
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Graton Rancheria

article Column: Commute trains and Graton Tribe’s MOU still hold their validity (6/22/2017)
(California) -- All the City of Rohnert Park wanted was to be a part of a historic venture in local railroading. You know the story. Sonoma Marin Area Transit, noted as...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article PEMBER: How the Indian Child Welfare Act Preserves and Strengthens American Indian Families (6/22/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- To this day, I have no idea what made me call my tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) office back in January 2005. “No, there are no children who...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article MONTEAU: Fear the Walking Dead: Otherwise Known as the Democratic Party and the DNC (6/22/2017)
(USA) -- The Democratic Elite are not unlike zombies slowly moving down what they don’t know is a circular path through the woods in search of a brain, passing by...
article TURTLE TALK: The President’s Budget Cuts for Treaty Rights Funding Affect Jobs (6/22/2017)
(Michigan) -- Leaders from across Indian country have expressed concern and criticism over the President’s proposed Indian Affairs budget. The President has...
article Opinion: Indigenous people don't need sanction of 'settler saviours' (6/22/2017)
(British Columbia) -- From the inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women and girls to pipelines to the legacies of the Indian residential school system, water...
article Point of View: Looking white and being Aboriginal (6/22/2017)
(Labrador) -- It was a beautiful summer day in downtown St. John's; my friend was working a food truck and on my way to work, I'd often stop to say hello, maybe...
article TRAHANT: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (6/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among...
article MAILHOT: Native Women Brilliance: Let’s Start With My Mother (6/16/2017)
(Indiana) -- My mother spoke herself into the world. I can’t speak her story, but I can say I witnessed how she declared her own brilliance and conjured a new life...
article RUSSELL: Uncertainty and Principles: Law in the Era of Trump (6/8/2017)
(Texas) -- There’s no denying that Chief Justice John Marshall was a very smart lawyer, and he probably belonged at the top of the new- judicial system being...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article Pat Howard: Pa. House seeks to deepen state’s gambling addiction (6/22/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Legalized gambling — any gambling really — comes with the specter of people who will become addicted or at least form habits more costly...
article Pa. can't afford to roll the dice on another gambling expansion: Scott Petri (6/21/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Imagine walking into a restaurant with your family, expecting to enjoy a nice relaxing dining experience, fueling up your car or truck at the gas...
article EDITORIAL: Taxpayers: Pennsylvania lawmakers have a gambling problem (6/19/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Gambling is the opioid of Harrisburg lawmakers. It comes with all the hallmarks of addiction: compulsive need, increasing tolerance, and the drive to...
article OP/ED: Our view: Split the difference on gaming money? (6/18/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- We have mixed feelings about a surprise provision in the sweeping gambling legislation recently passed by the Pennsylvania House that would change how...
article EDITORIAL: Late-night gambling (bill) is bad (6/13/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- The public firestorm that erupted after Pennsylvania lawmakers granted themselves a big middle-of-the-night pay raise in July 2005 seemed to ensure...
article OP/ED: For Pennsylvania, some big fixes are worth considering (6/11/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- When I moved back to Pennsylvania following my retirement 12 years ago, I had high hopes for my new location. After all, it was my birthplace, home...
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Redskins

article DAILY CALLER: Redskins, Aztecs, Slants, And The Supreme Court (6/22/2017)
(California) -- SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) delivered a kiloton-heavy blow for freedom of speech when it unanimously decided (8-0) that the government...
article Editorial: Isn’t freedom an American trademark? (6/22/2017)
(Georgia) -- It couldn’t have been easier, or much more important. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday struck down a portion of federal law that banned the granting of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Sports Betting

article COOPER: Gambling And Sport: "It's An Insidious Addiction" (6/22/2017)
(UK) -- The Football Association has announced it will end all sponsorship arrangements with betting companies. Is this the start of the separation between sport and...
article OP/ED: The federal sports betting ban has failed: Let’s legalize and regulate it (6/12/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- America’s federal ban on sports betting has failed. That’s why a new, diverse coalition including law enforcement, elected officials and...
article GOUKER: Getting NFL Commish Goodell Under Oath On Gambling Would Be Great For Legal US Sports Betting (6/12/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Could we finally get straight answers from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on wagering on sports? USA Today published a pair of stories about the NFL...
article NFL’s gambling policy appears consistently inconsistent (6/12/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Now more than ever before, the NFL’s public position on gambling has become quite an artful dance. On one side of the ballroom, the league...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Editorial: Recognize harm of Native American mascots (6/21/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- It is indeed a very sad moment when Amalia Fourhawks has to school our Legislature and those in our populous who remain unmoved by the mistreatment of...
article OP/ED: Letter: Opposes bill to ban Native American mascots (6/18/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- I write to express my opposition to the state Legislature’s Bill S. 291. I grew up in Connecticut near the Quinebaug River on a 180-acre farm...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump & Tribes

article CHAMPAGNE: Should Indian Nations Fear the Return of Termination Policy? (6/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- If anything brings Indian nations together to rally for treaty and self-government rights, it is the threat of termination or the return of...
article OP/ED: No Thanks, Trump: Southern Arizona standing against proposed border wall (6/17/2017)
(Arizona) -- Few places in the country interact with Mexico as much as Southern Arizona, and several of the region's jurisdictions have taken a collective stand...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Bears Ears

article LA TIMES: Shrinking Utah's Bears Ears National Monument would be one more broken promise to Native Americans (6/19/2017)
(Utah) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to advise President Trump to shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument to a scatter of isolated sites. The...
article Our View: A monumental decision (6/16/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Not that it’s any surprise, but Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending in an interim report that the new Bears Ears National Monument be...
article Column: Zinke discounts Native voices (6/15/2017)
(Montana) -- As Secretary Ryan Zinke concludes touring the Bear's Ears, he seems set on committing an adamant political massacre of an ignorance similar to Custer...
article OP/ED: 'We want it to be protected': Looming Bears Ears decision weighs on Native Americans' minds (6/9/2017)
(Utah) -- Native Americans from around Utah began gathering in Comb Wash on Thursday to celebrate Bears Ears National Monument ­— just ahead of an announcement...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article OP/ED: McFeely: What do DAPL zealots think about the rule of law now? (6/18/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The kerfuffle over the Dakota Access Pipeline was all about the "rule of law" we were told. The U.S. is a nation of laws, and if those laws...
article Mark Trahant: Dakota Access decision offers a chance to return to respect (6/16/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Remember the “rule of law” invoked at Standing Rock? That was the phrase used over and over by law enforcement from the state of North...
article D'ERRICO: The Cerebral Battle of DAPL: What if Standing Rock Retained TigerSwan? (6/8/2017)
(USA) -- “It is often the perception of local citizens that multinational businesses arrive in their countries and rob them of natural resources and local revenue...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Online Gaming

article OP/ED: Ban on online gambling is no child’s play (6/18/2017)
(India) -- The Telangana State government has banned online rummy, which is in itself a daring act. Consequently, anyone playing online rummy will be liable for...
article OP/ED: More states are considering online gambling (6/11/2017)
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia got into the gambling business 30 years ago, and for much of that time, the Mountain State stayed ahead of the game. It began in 1986...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article OP/ED: What happens when a state can’t pay their lottery winners? (6/17/2017)
(Illinois) -- There’s a common theme which runs through some of the old time gangster movies I used to watch and it has to do with the numbers racket. It was...
1 Article on this Issue

Atlantic City Gaming

article Our view: State should focus on cutting risk for problem gamblers (6/16/2017)
(Atlantic City) -- It sounds like a little thing. Maybe even a little silly. A proposal in the New Jersey Legislature would allow betting at racetracks on horse races...
1 Article on this Issue

Fantasy Sports

article OP/ED: Who says fantasy betting isn’t alive and well in Vegas? (6/16/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- If you are one of those folks who was head over heels in love with fantasy sports betting and are still pining away at the early departure of those mega-...
1 Article on this Issue

Enrollment

article Galanda: The Indian Reorganization Act: Realigning Tribal ‘Membership’ With Kinship (6/14/2017)
(Washington) -- I recently read Dr. David E. Wilkins and Shelly Hulse Wilkins’ amazing new book, Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Smoking

article LETTER: Odawa Casino should ban smoking (6/13/2017)
(Michigan) -- Editor: The Odawa Casino’s 10-year anniversary is indeed something to celebrate. The beautiful facility has brought a great variety of entertainment...
1 Article on this Issue

Turning Stone

article OUR VIEW: Gambling on revenue always a concern (6/12/2017)
(New York) -- Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says that he’s “not concerned to any degree” over the recent dip in revenue from Turning Stone...
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Connecticut Gaming

article OP/ED: Our View: As Legislature wraps, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly (6/11/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s bleak financial situation has dominated the headlines since the Legislature convened for its 2017 regular session in January, but...
article OP/ED: State relies on vice (6/11/2017)
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut legislature seems determined to destroy civil society in the state, but by increments rather than in one fell swoop. Wednesday,...
article Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, third casino, it’s off to court we go (6/10/2017)
(Connecticut) -- It's hard to imagine, when your lawyer cautions that you might get into a boatload of legal trouble by doing something, that you go ahead and do it...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Philippines Gaming

article OP/ED: Gov’t hypocrisy and the attack on Resorts World (6/11/2017)
(Philippines) -- The deadly incident last June 2 at Resorts World Manila (RWM) trains the spotlight on an appalling hypocrisy that has smeared previous administrations...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashantucket Pequot

article OP/ED: Dan Haar: Inside The Ironic Bargain That Saved An Embattled Casino Plan (6/10/2017)
(Connecticut) -- Even after competing factions in the General Assembly saved a teetering East Windsor casino plan, the deal was shaky right up to the night the session...
1 Article on this Issue

Maine Gaming

article OP/ED: Casino backers should get serious state scrutiny (6/9/2017)
(Maine) -- Mainers deserve to know who’s trying to influence their elections, and it’s becoming clear that Horseracing Jobs Fairness — the secretive...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article OP/ED: As a Native Artist: I Will Joke No More About Frybread Forever (6/23/2017)
(New York) -- Is the Native literary and art community a hive mind? A collective comparable to The Borg? Is resistance futile? Like any collective, do we have to come to...
article OP/ED: Novel highlights Sioux Falls, Native American culture (6/23/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Falls Park and the original Washington High School are a couple of the local sites setting the scene in a new novel "The Wooden Indian...
article OP/ED: Original Dreamer changes Joseph boys (6/23/2017)
(Washington) -- When you Google Smohalla, a spiritual leader of the Wanapum behind the Dreamer religion of 19th century — known today as the Seven Drums, or Washat...
article LETTER: Don't ban Native American names from sports teams (6/22/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Editor, Townsman: To the two blow-ins that moved to Tewksbury and want to change my Redman name and tradition: You don’t have a clue what the...
article Cain: It seems obvious, but words matter (6/22/2017)
(Illinois) -- One of our most difficult adjustments is how our interpretation of words changes. We often naturally turn defensive or angry as our language changes.
article Jonathan Kay on the tyranny of Twitter: How mob censure is changing the intellectual landscape (6/22/2017)
(Canada) -- A journalist friend of mine recently attended his four-year-old daughter’s year-end dance recital here in Toronto. “Every dance was in some way...
article OP/ED: Let’s follow through on our strategy to boost horse racing (6/18/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has taken steps, pursuant to legislative mandates, that put it clearly on record behind a comprehensive strategy...
article Commentary: Biographies are tribal history (6/16/2017)
(Washington) -- Two years ago, we invited tribal elders 80 and over to tell there story as part of a summer series titled “The last of the old ones.” Of the...
article LETTER: Looking for Native American veteran support (6/16/2017)
(California) -- Let's do something real on the 4th of July to: “Honor the Veterans for Standing Rock.” Hello all, I was watching a video on YouTube...
article Columnist Amalia FourHawks: Explains need for statewide ban on Native American mascots (6/15/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The editorial in Thursday’s Gazette was titled “Keep mascot decisions in local hands.” It may as well have been titled “Let...
article LETTER: Indian mascots honor Native Americans' rich history in this region (6/15/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- I write you to express my opposition to House Bill S291. I grew up in Connecticut near the Quinebaug River on a 180-acre farm adjacent to the Pachaug...
article SNOW: Escaping Vigorish, Part II (6/13/2017)
(USA) -- Last month we began a quest—a quest to identify which table games charge commission on winning bets, a quest to understand the mathematical and historical...
article OP/ED: Paradis: Hey media, Indigenous stories are more than drumming, dancing and death (6/11/2017)
(Alberta) -- There’s a phenomenon in reporting on Indigenous people known as the 4Ds: reporters include Indigenous people in their stories if they are drumming,...
article OP/ED: Letter: Explore negative effects of gambling (6/11/2017)
(Iowa) -- I wonder if anyone on the Quad-City Times editorial staff noticed the ironic juxtaposition of two stories in last week’s and this week’s editions....
article OP/ED: Keep protections in place for grizzly (6/11/2017)
(Montana) -- The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Subcommittee held its spring meeting in Kalispell on April 25. The...
article OP/ED: Taxpayers shouldn't be forgotten in expanded gaming bill: Lisa Boscola (6/10/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- We cannot allow gaming expansion to dilute or diminish proceeds used for property tax relief dollars. When slots gaming legislation was enacted, I...
article OP/ED: Who really runs the New Mexico lottery? (6/10/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Lottery Authority is responsible for our state lottery. Intralot, a Greek-owned multibillion dollar company, for all intents and purposes...
article OP/ED: Story of a war against Native Americans is all too true: Larry Wilson (6/9/2017)
(California) -- When it comes to understanding the facts of our world, I’ve always sided with Emily Dickinson when she said, “Tell all the truth but tell it...
article COLUMN: Strange stories from the casino floor (6/5/2017)
(Atlantic City) -- Every veteran blackjack player has seen odd things happen at the tables. Other players’ quirks, our own mistakes and interactions with players,...
article COLUMN: Why craps keeps getting better and blackjack keeps getting worse (6/5/2017)
(Atlantic City) -- Q. Once it became common knowledge to only play Jacks or Better video poker machines with a 9-6 pay table, Las Vegas casinos promptly responded by...

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