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Online Gaming

article David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment (3/31/2020)
(UK) -- This is a pivotal moment for the online gambling sector. It’s not a moment it could have foreseen, nor is it a moment it has actively sought! However,...
article STUTZ: Could America see an expansion in online gaming as a result of the coronavirus shutdowns? (3/25/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided and the gaming industry begins what portends to be a slow recovery, we may finally start to hear serious...
article OP/ED: The Coronavirus Pandemic Versus The Digital Economy: The Pitfalls And The Opportunities (3/23/2020)
(Worldwide) -- With businesses closing their doors and governments urging their citizens to stay home, the coronavirus has had a profound global impact. At MRM, the...
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UK Gambling

article OP/ED: UK gambling must respond positively to coronavirus crisis (3/31/2020)
(UK) -- The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a series of events on the gambling industry that no one could have foreseen as recently as three weeks ago.
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COVID-19

article SCHUETZ: Sold Out: Closing casinos down was the correct call (3/30/2020)
(USA) -- To most of you politicians, gaming regulators, gaming educators and other various gaming experts out there, I want to talk to you about something you know...
article Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Resources for those impacted by COVID-19 (3/26/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Coronavirus is impacting everyone and changing our everyday lives. This is a difficult time, but together we will get through this. I wanted to take...
article Rep. Tom Cole: Fighting an invisible enemy (3/26/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Unlike the traditional enemies our nation has faced throughout history, COVID-19 is one that can dangerously hide in plain sight and threaten the...
article After the crisis, what kind of world do we want? Post-apocalyptic novels hold lessons — and warnings (3/26/2020)
(Ontario) -- I had planned to write a totally different column this month. I had the idea, the books. I'd started doing the research. Due to COVID-19 forcing me and...
article BLOG: The Day March Madness Died: What’s A Sportsbook To Do Without Sports? (3/19/2020)
(Internet) -- It’s been awhile since I’ve written a column, but you know the saying “there is no time like the present?” These are clearly...
article OP/ED: COVID-19 is a Real Threat, But Stay Strong (3/16/2020)
(Michigan) -- On a recent Friday, I attended the Michigan Indian Education Council’s 2020 Native American Critical Issues conference in Grand Rapids. One attendee...
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Oregon Gaming

article Commentary: For better or worse, sports betting is here – although there’s nothing to bet on (3/29/2020)
(Oregon) -- While you were responsibly staying informed about COVID-19 updates or going down the rabbit hole known as “Tiger King” on Netflix, there was...
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IHS

article Rear Adm. Weahkee: Coronavirus: IHS Committed to Patient Care and Getting Resources to Front Line (3/27/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- As the entire country, and the world, is coming together to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Health Service is leveraging its...
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Native Voices

article COMMENTARY: 'The life-giving Skagit has been purposely dewatered by the city of Seattle, and why?' (3/25/2020)
(Washington) -- Dear Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Councilmembers: I am writing to share my feelings with you and ask questions regarding the three hydroelectric dams...
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Seneca Niagara

article BUFFALO NEWS: Senecas must pay up as New York struggles with Covid-19 (3/25/2020)
(New York) -- Like other casinos in New York, the three owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians have closed their doors in a response to the threat of the novel...
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Cherokee Nation

article CHIEF HOSKINS: Safety and health are priority for Cherokee Nation (3/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Just a short time ago, I and most Cherokees were focused on the plans and activities of everyday life. We could take so much for granted as we enjoyed...
article CHIEF HOSKINS: Safety and Health are Priority for Cherokee Nation (3/22/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Just a short time ago, I and most Cherokees were focused on the plans and activities of everyday life. We could take so much for granted as we enjoyed...
article CHIEF HOSKIN: Why Cherokee Nation invests in public schools (3/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, we recently renewed a commitment to a great cause and a great tradition: public education in Oklahoma. Our tribe distributed more than...
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Opioid Crisis

article Walz: White Earth, Leech Lake should not have pay back $29M used for opioid treatment (3/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Good news for the White Earth and Leech Lake nations: If Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has his way, they won’t be required to come up with $29 million to...
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MMIW

article LUCCHESI: Our Bodies Are the Front Lines: Responding to Land-Based Gender Violence (3/23/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- When a South Dakota court gave a green light to the Keystone XL pipeline last January, it also opened the door to further abuse, rape, trafficking,...
article Column: Wave of murdered Native women demands national response (3/22/2020)
(Minnesota) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you haven’t heard nearly enough about it in the news. Indigenous women...
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Pennsylvania Gaming

article OP/ED: Risks abound as Pennsylvania expands online sports betting (3/21/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Although we’ve hardly reached pandemic status in the United States with the coronavirus, its impact on Chinese supply chains has rocked our...
article Time to audit horse racing funds in Pa. (3/2/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Horse racing long has been known as the “sport of kings,” and in Pennsylvania it is royally subsidized. Recipients of the public’s...
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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article Letter | Cayuse not living up to expectations (3/18/2020)
(Oregon) -- At the recent Umatilla Tribal General Council meeting in January, Sandy Sampson, tribal treasurer, gave her quarterly treasurer's report. The report...
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GasLink

article OP/ED: The voices of pro-development First Nations elected chiefs have been marginalized (3/18/2020)
(Alberta) -- The entire country has received a lesson in Indigenous governance this past month, especially regarding the difference between elected political and...
article Will White Man or First Nations heal Mother Earth? (3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A dispute between the traditional hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suewet'en First Nation of Northern British Columbia and the government of...
article TANYA TALAGA: Reconciliation isn’t dead. It never truly existed (3/1/2020)
(Canada) -- Recently at a salon in Toronto’s east end, there was an older woman sitting near me, getting her hair washed. She loudly said, “Can you believe...
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California Gaming

article SCHEUTZ: Bad Regulations Can Leave a Scar (3/17/2020)
(California) -- A ridiculous requirement that applicants for gaming licenses must report all “scars” on their bodies to the regulatory authority is a great...
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Census

article Will This Year’s Census Be the Last? (3/16/2020)
(USA) -- “Count all people, including babies,” the U.S. Census Bureau instructs Americans on the questionnaire that will be mailed to every household by...
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Land Issues

article Opinion: US government is accountable for repaying our tribe for the theft of our land (3/13/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Bill to require Alaska to recognize 229 tribes is largely symbolic and would not change how tribal governments already operate. First Wolf House of Kuiu...
article Editor’s opinion: A look at the big picture of a small island (3/2/2020)
(Louisiana) -- The Gulf, science has established beyond a reasonable doubt, is coming for the rest of us. The story of Isle de Jean Charles’ demise has been told...
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Mascot Issue

article The Time Has Come To Get Rid of Offensive Mascots (3/12/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Watching the fans of the Kansas City “Chiefs,” tomahawk-chopping and wearing red-face and imitation feathered headdresses during last...
article Moran: Schools Need to Approach the Use of Indigenous Symbolism with Caution (3/10/2020)
(Utah) -- Growing up in the Mexican American culture, there have always been people that try to explain my identity to me. My Mexican friends would tell me I am not...
article Native Americans should be the judge of when some high school mascots stay or go (3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- A new bill making its way through Springfield would make it tougher for high schools to keep their Native American mascots. We support the bill in concept...
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Navajo Nation

article OP/ED: Coconino Voices: End of Navajo coal, beginning of energy future (3/11/2020)
(Arizona) -- When the Navajo Generating Station Coal Plant burned its last lump of coal on Nov. 18, a window of opportunity opened for Arizona’s clean energy...
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Connecticut Gaming

article GOODRICH: Gambling must remain the exclusive right of the Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations (3/10/2020)
(Connecticut) -- Indigenous people of the Americas (aka “Native Americans” or “American Indians”) across the United States are mostly invisible to us. Even the...
article Capitol Report: Dan Haar of Hearst CT Media talks sports betting timeline with the panel (3/8/2020)
(Connecticut) -- To get another viewpoint on the sports betting issue, friend of Capitol Report Dan Haar from Hearst Connecticut Media joins the panel. Joining the panel...
article COLUMN: Gov. Lamont has never bet on sports, but wants a deal on sports betting (3/3/2020)
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has never bet on sports in his lifetime, but he wants a deal on sports betting. Like his predecessor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lamont held...
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Oneida Nation

article COMMENTARY: Upstate casino market has evolved. So should its tax structure (3/10/2020)
(New York) -- A newly released study commissioned by the Oneida Indian Nation excludes and misrepresents the facts regarding the benefits of creating tax fairness for...
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Poarch Creek

article OP/ED: Albritton is back with yet another bad gambling plan (3/10/2020)
(Alabama) -- Greg Albritton is trying to scam you again. After trying and failing last year to extend the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ gaming monopoly in the...
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Elizabeth Warren

article NEW YORK POST: Elizabeth Warren rejected by Native American voters on Super Tuesday (3/8/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Among the most notable voters who abandoned Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Super Tuesday were Native Americans. Warren spent decades...
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New York Gaming

article OP/ED: Bait-and-switch fraud / Stop allowing casinos to drain education resources (3/7/2020)
(New York) -- As we work through another legislative session, it seems there is now an annual ritual in Albany: commercial casino companies demanding a taxpayer bailout...
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Washington Gaming

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,...
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Arkansas Gaming

article Gambling Expansion | Think before signing petition to put machines in stores across state (3/6/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Well, the move to expand gambling in Arkansas is under way — yet again. Las Vegas-style table games, slots and sports betting are just getting...
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Mashpee Wampanoag

article OP/ED: Should a resort-style casino be developed in Southeastern Massachusetts? (3/5/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The citizens and local communities of Southeastern Massachusetts deserve the same opportunities as the rest of our state. Under the Expanded Gaming...
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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe

article CHAIRWOMAN FLORES: Supporting Naskila Gaming helps Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, East Texas economy (3/4/2020)
(Texas) -- Texas is a state of opportunity and prosperity. There is a story brewing in East Texas that stands in stark contrast to this fundamental Texas mentality. It...
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CSKT

article OP/ED: Watered Down (3/4/2020)
(Montana) -- For two weeks now, there’s been a gusher of television advertising promoting the so-called Montana Water Rights Protection Act, Senate bill S-3019....
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Louise Erdrich

article INTERVIEW: Louise Erdrich On Her Personal Connection To Native Peoples' 'Fight For Survival' (3/4/2020)
(USA) -- This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Our guest today is author Louise Erdrich. In a career going back to the 1970s, she's published 17...
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Chaco Canyon

article EDITORIAL: Chaco deserves protection from drilling (3/2/2020)
(New Mexico) -- So much for creating a better plan to manage the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Much of the long-awaited management plan for the...
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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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Other News

article Op-ed: Access to clean water matters now more than ever (3/26/2020)
(USA) -- Life in the United States has changed dramatically within the last two weeks. We’ve seen toilet paper shortages, the Google search term “virtual...
article Bob, Norm and the Sun King (3/25/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- They say deaths come in threes, but I’ve never really found that to be the case. And if it does happen sometimes, it’s very random with little...
article OP/ED: Why does Indigenous-international solidarity feel so unreachable? (3/24/2020)
(British Columbia) -- To my international pals: have you ever wondered about your relationship to Indigenous land struggles? If this is about shutting down our state...
article Slots: The coming attractions (3/24/2020)
(Atlantic City) -- New games are the lifeblood of the slot machine industry. Players are always looking to try out the new bonus on the latest and greatest slot games....
article My teen is good at poker. Did I make a mistake by letting him play? (3/23/2020)
(USA) -- My recently turned 14-year-old son has been asking me to teach him how to play poker. He knows I used to play, and I think he was hoping for a few pointers or,...
article A Fresh Take on the Mayflower’s History (3/10/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Paula Peters remembers the last major anniversary of the historic voyage in 1620 of the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Mass. It was in...
article SCHUETZ: A Problem with Gaming Regulatory Agencies (3/9/2020)
(California) -- I have some strong opinions about gaming regulation. These opinions began to evolve in the early 1970s when, as a college student at the University of...
article OP/ED: Thin places and the Newark Earthworks (3/7/2020)
(Ohio) -- Heaven and earth, according to Celtic spirituality, are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter. A thin place can be a place...
article SCHUETZ: Give Us A Night & Give Us A Day (3/3/2020)
(USA) -- Responsible gaming is a priority for every major gaming company these days. Every company has a corporate-level executive responsible for ensuring their...
article OP/ED: A cure for our tribal politics (2/29/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The word "tribalism" has become shorthand for everything toxic and ugly about politics in the Trump era. It’s meant to convey not...
article OP/ED: FCC, UA could do more to allow tribes spectrum rights be recognized (2/28/2020)
(Arizona) -- There is a natural resource in Tucson potentially worth millions of dollars. You’re most likely utilizing it right now. And like other natural...
article COMMENTARY: A lot to learn when two cultures collide (2/27/2020)
(South Dakota) -- As I was researching the history of Native American health care, I took note of the various terms used early on by indigenous people to describe...
article SCHUETZ: Group Think and Gaming Conferences (2/25/2020)
(USA) -- Several years ago, I was in Atlantic City at a gaming conference and there was a panel featuring four iPoker players. What amazed me about this was it was a...
article OP/ED: Gambling industry bets on boomers (2/24/2020)
(Idaho) -- Go into any Las Vegas casino during the breakfast buffet and the longest lines consist of folks waiting to fill their bowls with oatmeal. Why? Because...
article Letter: Understanding Palm Springs' past helps explain where it is going (2/17/2020)
(California) -- On Feb. 12, Desert Sun alumnus Bruce Fessier gave a presentation called "Let's Talk Palm Springs Evolution" to benefit the Palm Springs...
article OP/ED: The importance of the Indigenous All Stars (2/17/2020)
(Australia) -- “Wiray Ngiyang Wiray Mayiny.” That’s the Wiradjuri translation of “no language, no people”. This Saturday at Cbus Super...
article OP/ED: Waititi sings new song at Oscars: This land was their land (2/13/2020)
(Hollywood) -- Before introducing the winners of honorary Oscars during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast, filmmaker Taika Waititi made a striking announcement.
article The Academy Was Made for White Men: Here's How Taika Waititi Made a Difference (2/13/2020)
(New Mexico) -- In the lead up to the 92nd Academy Awards, there was growing concern about how the 2020 Oscars would play out. Multiple issues had already begun to...
article EDITORIAL: Sports betting: Tribal casinos shouldn’t get a new monopoly (2/12/2020)
(Washington) -- In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed legalization of sports betting, legislatures across the country have rushed to open up betting...
article Another View: Time to revise Maine’s relationship to the tribes (2/8/2020)
(Maine) -- It has been 40 years since the signing of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980. Most states abide by federal Indian law, but Maine has been an...

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