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Tohono O’odham

article OP/ED: Ajo, Arizona, is the story of a better America (12/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- Take a walk through the oasis of green grass and palm trees in the central plaza of the tiny Sonoran Desert town of Ajo in southwest Arizona. You're...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Inconsequential casino taxation (12/5/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribal casinos are proud to announce they paid $138 million to the state as part of their exclusive gambling compact. That’s a lot...
article Chicken-Fried News: No sale (12/4/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin “Coffee Is for Closers” Stitt has repeatedly said he wants to run Oklahoma like a business — without specifying exactly what...
article LETTER: Nothing is wrong with current Oklahoma Indian gaming compacts (11/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- According to the American Political Science Association, comprised of historians, political scientists and scholars, businessmen do poorly as elected...
article Busey: Battle over tribal gaming has serious downsides (11/26/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt seems intent on escalating the conflict with the tribes over gaming compacts. His strategy could force negotiations into court – a...
article EDITORIAL: Gaming talks should resume (11/25/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The stalled talks over tribal gaming compacts are not good news for anyone in Oklahoma. The main point of contention is whether the compacts expire on Jan...
article COMMENTARY: For Rational, Fair, Legal and Honest New Tribal Compacts (11/25/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- For a time, after insisting on a “United” approach aiming to retain the monopoly-sustaining casino compacts, the Chickasaw Nation seemed to...
article EDITORIAL: Legalize sports betting? Then allow college athlete endorsements (11/24/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Whenever Oklahoma’s governor, Legislature and 30-plus tribal nations move beyond their talking points and truly negotiate the future of gambling in...
article Fair and Biased: Increase in gambling fees an indirect tax on players! (11/23/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- On Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt held a news conference on the impasse Oklahoma state government and the Indian tribes have in regard to the Indian gaming...
article Free Market Friday: Stitt makes strong case on casino rates (11/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- With negotiations over new state-tribal gaming compacts at an impasse, Gov. Kevin Stitt has taken his case to the people. He’s given Oklahomans good...
article LETTER: Tribal gaming compacts need public scrutiny (11/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Just over 100 years ago, the first of Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points for peace between governments called for “Open covenants … openly...
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First Nations

article OP/ED: Ignoring all those inconvenient traditional and unceded Indigenous rights (12/4/2019)
(Ottawa) -- Despite its gushing declarations of support for Indigenous people, the government is defying an order to compensate thousands of families for discrimination.
article OP/ED: Ignoring all those inconvenient traditional and unceded Indigenous rights: Neil Macdonald (12/3/2019)
(Ottawa) -- I often wonder, when I hear some important speaker rattle off the rote land acknowledgements that have become the standard introduction for official events...
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Kentucky Gaming

article COLUMN: It’s time to make a good political bet on sports wagering in Kentucky (12/4/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Last week, state Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, wrote an editorial about why the General Assembly should just go ahead and legalize recreational marijuana...
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Makah Tribe

article Letters to the Editor: Whaling is an immoral way for a native tribe to reclaim its heritage (12/4/2019)
(California) -- To the editor: While we were floating in small boats in one of Baja California’s gray whale “nursery” lagoons, mother whales brought...
article SEATTLE TIMES: Honor the Makahs’ treaty right to hunt whales (11/29/2019)
(Washington) -- The 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay could not be clearer: The U.S. government agreed the Makah Tribe, natives of the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, had...
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Virginia Gaming

article Watson: What's next for Virginia gaming? (12/4/2019)
(Virginia) -- Watson co-founded Castle Hill Gaming, which develops, leases and manages gaming machines, The company has offices in Charlottesville and Tulsa, Oklahoma....
article OP/ED: Is Williamsburg ready for a casino? (11/29/2019)
(Virginia) -- I read in the Daily Press that our very own Sen. Tommy Norment is the Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission and that the commission...
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MMIW

article Making Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Visible (12/2/2019)
(USA) -- 2019 was a groundbreaking year for Native American women. In January, Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman from New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho...
article Editorial: Welcome steps involving missing Native American women and girls (11/30/2019)
(Nebraska) -- A national study this year pointed to the alarming number of Native American women and girls reported missing across the nation — more than 5,700...
article OP/ED: Nearly 400 years later, it's time to recognize tribal sovereignty (11/28/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Visiting my grandparents on the Tohono O’odham Nation keeps me rooted in my peoples’ history. As I drive through the beautiful Sonoran...
article Tribune editorial: Lone Bear case shows action long overdue (11/28/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Violent crimes in Indian Country, especially against women, have put a focus on the difficulty of solving crimes on reservations -- an issue that has...
article Trump Created A Task Force To End Violence Against Indigenous Women — Here's Why It Will Probably Be Useless (11/27/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a task force to combat the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. However,...
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Mobile Gaming

article OWENS: A Fig Leaf across the face (12/2/2019)
(USA) -- In younger, more innocent times, a family friend took me to museums and art galleries, that my mind might be improved. The main difference, as far as I could...
article OP/ED: Don’t be late to the next ‘year of mobile’ (11/26/2019)
(Internet) -- Karolina Pelc examines the changing habits of gamblers, as the lines between gaming and gambling continue to blur, and how to attract the attention of...
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Redskins

article EDITORIAL: Happy Thanksgiving, Native Americans. Neshaminy can keep saying ‘Redskins’ (12/1/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s fitting that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission ruled on Neshaminy School District’s use of the “Redskins”...
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Nebraska Gaming

article LETTER: State missing out on sports betting (11/30/2019)
(Nebraska) -- So my wife and I had an enjoyable visit to the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs last week. It was our first visit since sports betting was approved in...
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Agua Caliente

article Letter: Let's test Palm Springs arena traffic plan with a 'pop-up' influx of 10,000 people (11/29/2019)
(California) -- Regarding the proposed Palm Springs arena. I have an idea for how city and tribal leaders might demonstrate their traffic plans are sound: Let’s...
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Oak Flat

article Is digging for copper at Oak Flat like mining Mt. Sinai? (11/29/2019)
(Arizona) -- It’s not getting a lot of media attention, but a former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Wendsler Nosie Sr., is walking roughly 45 miles from...
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Thanksgiving

article Our History Is the Future: Lakota Historian Nick Estes on Thanksgiving & Indigenous Resistance (11/28/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Lakota historian Nick Estes talks about Thanksgiving and his book “Our History Is the Future.” He is a co-founder of the indigenous...
article The Horrible History of Thanksgiving (11/27/2019)
(New York) -- When I was a child, Thanksgiving was simple. It was about turkey and dressing, love and laughter, a time for the family to gather around a feast and be...
article VOICES: Do American Indians celebrate Thanksgiving? (11/26/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- When I think back about my earliest memories of elementary school, I remember being asked to bring a brown paper sack to class so that it could be...
article What should Native Americans give thanks for this Thanksgiving? (11/26/2019)
(USA) -- American Thanksgiving is typically seen as a celebration of the co-operation between the English who settled the continent and the natives who helped them grow...
article OP/ED: Remember the true history of colonization this Thanksgiving (11/25/2019)
(California) -- White people need to be better about acknowledging the true history of this country and the relationship between our ancestors and indigenous people....
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Mississippi Gaming

article SALTER: Reality of state’s lottery status satisfying (11/27/2019)
(Mississippi) -- As a longtime state lottery supporter, I quietly celebrated the official beginning Monday of Mississippi’s entry into this form of raising state...
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Buffalo & Bison

article OP/ED: Bison fever (11/25/2019)
(Kansas) -- The American bison is having a moment in our nation’s capital right now. The bison is America’s national mammal, and it has recently captured the...
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Native American Heritage Month

article OP/ED: Native American Heritage Month No More (11/25/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution to designate November as Native American Indian Month which was later changed to Native American...
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Poarch Creek

article Poarch Creek Indian Thanksgiving Pow Wow (11/25/2019)
(Alabama) -- Experience the 49th Annual Poarch Creek Indian Thanksgiving Pow Wow November 28-29, 2019 at the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation in Atmore, Alabama....
article OP/ED: There’s a better gambling deal to be made (11/22/2019)
(Alabama) -- You have to give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians some credit — they know how to play the politicians of this state. You don’t get to be a...
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Little River Band

article LETTER: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians an integral part of Manistee community, says reader (11/24/2019)
(Michigan) -- TO THE EDITOR: As I give thanks this season, I think of my community. There are many great organizations and individuals serving the people of Manistee. We...
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Mining & Drilling

article Letter: Misleading Pebble ad (11/24/2019)
(Alaska) -- Thanks to Chief Thomas Tilden of Curyung and President George Alexie of Nondalton Tribal Councils for calling out the Pebble Partnership over their grossly...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article COMMENTARY: Shinnecocks should be able to assert their rights (11/24/2019)
(New York) -- Since the Shinnecock Indian Nation erected an electronic billboard on its sovereign territory in Hampton Bays in late spring, the tribe has drawn both...
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Oregon Gaming

article EDITORIAL: Legislature should debate Oregon plan for sports betting (11/23/2019)
(Oregon) -- On the Oregon Lottery’s new phone app, people can bet as much as $250,000 in one day. Some legislators want to debate that number and other aspects of...
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Sports Betting

article COLUMN: Legalized Sports Gambling May Bring An Unwanted Guest To The Market (11/22/2019)
(USA) -- As various states prepare to offer sports wagering in some form, foreign companies eager to gain a foothold in U.S. markets are routinely showing up on the...
article BLOG: Legal But Not Live: Projecting When Colorado, Illinois, Montana, NH, Tennessee And D.C. Will Be Online (11/20/2019)
(USA) -- Six jurisdictions have legalized sports betting but have not yet given the green light for the launch of legal operations. While Indiana and Iowa sprinted from...
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Alaska Gaming

article LETTER: Gambling in Alaska (11/20/2019)
(Alaska) -- Our illustrious mayor supports a Class 2 casino in Eklutna for the sole reason, apparently, that it would create jobs. He evidently does not care that such a...
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California Sports Betting

article BLOG: California bet initiative a long process (11/20/2019)
(California) -- When word came last week that an initiative was going to be placed on the ballot next November to vote on having legalized sports betting in the state of...
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Mascot Issue

article OP/ED: The SHA cutting the Beardy's Blackhawks shows it values money over social impacts (11/20/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- A proud 25-year tradition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous hockey talents coming together on the ice at Beardy's & Okemasis Cree Nation is set...
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New York Gaming

article LETTER: NY gives unfair tax advantages to native casino operators (11/19/2019)
(New York) -- I applaud the New York State Gaming Commission for initiating a comprehensive study of the state’s gaming industry. This is a critical first step in...
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Redding Rancheria

article LETTER: Redding Chamber Goes Full Bethel (11/19/2019)
(California) -- The following is an open letter to Redding Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jake Mangas in response to his blog post last week on the chamber’...
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Other News

article OP/ED: The Disney+ disclaimer is a lackluster one at best (12/6/2019)
(Internet) -- Disney unveiled its new streaming service, Disney Plus, Nov. 12. Disney plans on competing with streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu by offering their...
article OP/ED: 'Sovereignty is nonpartisan' (12/3/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- It was the first day of the impeachment inquiry hearings and the media and public swarmed around and inside the Longworth House Office Building....
article OP/ED: Betting on our future – How the UK election could shape the gambling industry in 2020 (12/3/2019)
(UK) -- With the 2019 General Election on the horizon, all of the major political parties have released their manifestos, outlining their vision for the future of the...
article From the Editor’s Desk: Expanding our Alaska Native news coverage in The Cordova Times (12/2/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Cordova Times Report for America position will cover an Alaska Native news beat. I’ve spoken with other newspaper editors that agree that there are...
article COLUMN: Catching the winds of luck (12/1/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- Dr. Tina Seelig has spent nearly two decades observing what makes people luckier than others and trying to help people increase their luck. She...
article OP/ED: Casino consultant: Retail casinos can learn from online customer data (11/29/2019)
(UK) -- Speaking with Gambling Insider, Paul Sculpher, a consultant in the UK land-based casino industry, explained how retail operators can take learning from the...
article COLUMN: Why doesn’t video poker have bonuses? (11/27/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- Q. Video slots all have bonuses, whether it’s free spins or touching icons on a screen for extra credits. So my question is, why doesn’t...
article COLUMN: How to know when a parent has a gambling problem (11/24/2019)
(USA) -- Dear Savvy Senior, I’m worried that my 76-year-old father has become addicted to gambling. He spends at least two days a week at an Indian casino about a...
article Guest editorial: Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition signals a return to cooperation (11/19/2019)
(Washington) -- The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition is looking forward to another year of working together to accomplish responsible management through responsible...
article Letter from the Editor: The times ‘they’ are a-changin’ (11/16/2019)
(Oregon) -- A pronoun in an article last week left some readers confused and others annoyed. Jayati Ramakrishnan, general assignment reporter, turned in a routine story...
article OP/ED: We are the zombies of our capitalist apocalypse (11/15/2019)
(Illinois) -- When it comes to cinema and television, Americans love a good apocalypse. I’m no exception. From hellmouths to zombies, I am fascinated by horror...
article OP/ED: The National Lottery: 25 years of gambling and charity funding (11/14/2019)
(UK) -- For 25 years now, millions of people have been winning and (mostly) losing money on the UK’s National Lottery. And while it has created much personal...
article COLUMN: What are the biggest changes in gambling over the years? (11/11/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- Asked the biggest change I’ve seen in my 30-plus years on the casino scene, I recently told a reader that the expansion of legal gambling beyond...
article OP/ED: Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde (11/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Late last month a Rapid City police officer broke up a fight between two female students at South Middle School. The way he went about his duties, and...
article Opinion: As a Crown prosecutor, I saw how our justice system traumatizes Indigenous people (11/5/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- The criminal justice system is not working. When it comes to Indigenous offenders, we are making the situation worse. Canadian policymakers became...
article OP/ED: The time for Indigenous allyship is now (11/5/2019)
(Quebec) -- Last week, in our Oct. 29 issue, The McGill Tribune published an open letter written by Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Indigenous...
article OP/ED: The top 3 challenges US sports betting must overcome (11/5/2019)
(USA) -- Remember when former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie infamously predicted a $200 million annual increase in tax revenue from online gambling? He not only...
article OP/ED: Gambling Commission becomes latest target of baseless Government bookie-bashing (11/5/2019)
(UK) -- As an industry defender who often takes issue with the Gambling Commission, I find myself unusually aligned with the regulator this week. We have all witnessed...
article OP/ED: Should trading cards be considered a form of gambling? (11/2/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Are baseball, Pokemon and other types of trading cards a way for kids to enjoy good wholesome fun, or are they a form of illegal gambling supporting a...
article OPINION: Schools should educate on tribal sovereignty (10/31/2019)
(Washington) -- Our schools should teach about Indian reservation sovereignty. Ken Lokensgard, assistant director at the WSU Center for Native American Research and...

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