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Wire Act

article The Trump administration tried to stop internet gambling. Now, New Hampshire ruling has opened the door to online lotteries and poker again (6/19/2019)
(Utah) -- Just eight months ago, the Trump administration signaled a crackdown on internet lotteries, saying the same law that prohibits sports betting through wire...
article Op-ed: Decision to vacate DOJ’s Wire Act reinterpretation a win for online poker (6/15/2019)
(New Hampshire) -- A U.S. District Court ruling that said the Wire Act only applies to sports betting not only staves off a Department of Justice effort to end...
article Thanks To The Wire Act, There Is No “Shared Liquidity” In Sports Betting (6/10/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Last week, US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro reversed the Department of Justice’s 2018 opinion that the Interstate Wire Act applies to all...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Wynn Boston Harbor

article OP/ED: As Encore opens, state looks at the tax benefits (6/19/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s second resort casino opens Sunday in Everett, a much-hyped and very visible structure to anyone commuting from the north into Boston...
article Our View: As Encore opens, state looks at the tax benefits (6/18/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The state's second resort casino opens Sunday in Everett, a much-hyped and very visible structure to anyone commuting from the north into Boston.
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Alabama Gaming

article OP/ED: Alabama Senate is rotten at the top (6/17/2019)
(Alabama) -- There is something terribly wrong when two influential senators can lie, cheat and defraud the people without retribution. As the Scottish novelist Walter...
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Native Voices

article Arne Vainio: This is what I would have wanted my father to say (6/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- He wasn’t my patient, but he told his mother he was having suicidal thoughts and he needed to be seen right away. He had been started on an...
article GIAGO: Looking at end of an era (6/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A recent editorial titled, “Public shaming over CBD oil unnecessary” was apparently written by a young person or by someone new to Rapid...
article SARAH DEER: Native communities want equal justice — Congress can help (6/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- For four decades, a dangerous loophole in federal law has been allowed to remain even though it threatens women and children on a daily basis. In...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Buffalo & Bison

article GIAGO: Rounding up the buffalo (6/16/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Many of the elders who read my column have vivid imaginations. I can tell by the emails and calls they send my way. Today I am counting on those clear...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article BULLSH*T ALERT: Hoping for honest coverage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (6/16/2019)
(USA) -- Forty years after the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) it seems likely the Supreme Court will review it again. Maybe this time, the justices will...
article ‘Although My Indian Identity Isn’t Simple, It’s Mine’: Readers on Adoption That Crosses Cultural Lines (6/7/2019)
(Texas) -- A newborn lands in Texas foster care, removed from her Navajo mother at birth because they both tested positive for methamphetamine. The time has now come to...
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Medford Casino

article Q&A: When are we getting a casino? (6/16/2019)
(Oregon) -- My wife and I have been going to casinos for years, but we’re getting older and don’t like to travel far. I’ve read the Mail Tribune...
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MMIW

article EDITORIAL: Giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women (6/16/2019)
(Washington) -- High school track star Rosalie Fish is a class act. At the recent Class 1B meet at Eastern Washington University, she ran not only to win but to share a...
article OP/ED: A global solution to the problem of missing persons (6/11/2019)
(Indian Country) -- According to the National Crime Information Center, in 2018 more than 600,000 people were reported missing in the United States; well over two-thirds...
article OP/ED: What happened to missing and murdered Indigenous women was horrific, but it wasn't genocide (6/5/2019)
(Canada) -- Allegations of “genocide” have been around for so long to describe the 500 years of treatment of the New World’s first settlers by its post...
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Video Gaming

article COMMENTARY: Video gaming disorder is a disease? Sounds like cultural bias to me (6/16/2019)
(Florida) -- Can’t peel yourself away from the NBA 2K tournament at Full Sail University this weekend? Then you might be on the road toward a gaming addiction,...
article OP/ED: Gaming Disorder, Revisited (6/7/2019)
(London) -- Last week, on May 25, the World Health Organisation announced that "Gaming Disorder" (GD) had been officially included in the latest (eleventh)...
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Cherokee Nation

article CHIEF BAKER: Harvard study shows Native Americans in Oklahoma climbing socio-economic ladder (6/15/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Social scientists have long understood that a child’s environment, in particular growing up in poverty, can have a long-lasting effect on their...
article Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency (6/14/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Social scientists have long understood that a child’s environment, in particular growing up in poverty, can have a long-lasting effect on their...
article EDITORIAL: Cherokee Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin faces many challenges (6/12/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Congratulations to Chuck Hoskin Jr., who won this weekend’s election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Hoskin, a former secretary of state...
article OP/ED: On identity politics, Cherokee style (6/11/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- “There are Cherokee citizens who have no Cherokee blood.” I ran across this quote in a New York Times article. It was attributed to the deputy...
article Tulsa World editorial: Cherokee Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin faces many challenges (6/3/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Congratulations to Chuck Hoskin Jr., who won this weekend’s election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Hoskin, a former secretary of state...
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Chicago Casino

article Why sports betting is a gamble for Chicago's pro teams (6/15/2019)
(Illinois) -- Sports betting in Illinois could be a gold mine for Chicago's pro sports teams. It's also a big gamble for them. As the pending statewide...
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Massachusetts Gaming

article Michael Mathis: Sports betting in Massachusetts will offer unique opportunities (Guest viewpoint) (6/15/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Can you feel it? It’s game time in Massachusetts. Our resilient Bruins battled to try and bring home another Stanley Cup. Our beloved Red Sox...
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Spokane Tribe

article Editorial: Special representation for tribes on transit commission isn’t warranted (6/15/2019)
(Washington) -- Washington state Democrats like to champion indigenous tribes. When they do, historic inequities, mistrust and complex treaties can influence outcomes....
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Connecticut Gaming

article OP/ED: Next up: Connecticut Gaming 3.0 (6/14/2019)
(Connecticut) -- If the 1971 establishment of the Commission on Special Revenue — the state lottery — was Connecticut Gaming 1.0, and the opening of the two...
article EDITORIAL: A pause on tolls, marijuana and more gaming (6/9/2019)
(Connecticut) -- You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out. The games that get rained out are played another day, and that's what will likely happen to...
article EDITORIAL: Plan for third casino could still work (5/30/2019)
(Connecticut) -- A plan for a third casino in Connecticut that would have made sense for all parties was on the table and apparently had support at the highest levels....
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Illinois Gaming

article Editorial: As Illinois gambling expands: Don't meddle with the Gaming Board, Gov. Pritzker (6/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- If the prospect of Illinois wildly expanding gambling doesn’t make you nervous, this should: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers evidently are...
article LETTERS: ‘Investigate the opportunities’ of new location for Aurora casino (6/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- At the end of this spring’s legislative session, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive gaming proposal. The package authorizes six new casinos...
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British Columbia Gaming

article OP/ED: Money laundering is not just B.C.'s problem (6/13/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The finding in a recent report that Saskatchewan and Manitoba collectively ranked third-highest among six regions in Canada in money laundering...
article OP/ED: Money-laundering crackdown is just a way to blame Chinese cash for Vancouver’s unaffordable housing (6/13/2019)
(British Columbia) -- A joke about Canadians is that they hate rich people — but if they become rich, then they say they hate poor people. Such is the “...
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Navajo Casino

article Letters: With NGS, mine closures, new casino is an option (6/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- In 2013, the Navajo Generating Station owners and the Navajo Nation agreed to extend the lease to year 2044 and the agreement was not signed by the plant...
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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article OP/ED: Native American women deserve action, justice (6/12/2019)
(Washington) -- Native Americans make up about 2 percent of Washington’s population, but statistics show that indigenous women face a peril that exceeds their...
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Louisiana Gaming

article Gambling makes ‘fools’ of Louisiana lawmakers again (6/11/2019)
(Louisiana) -- More than 25 years after contorting themselves to legalize casinos and video poker under a state Constitution that commanded “Gambling shall be...
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Mining & Drilling

article First Nations have good reason to support pipelines, says Fraser Institute (6/11/2019)
(Ontario) -- The construction of pipelines in Western Canada stand to benefit small, remote and “fairly poor” First Nation communities in Alberta and British...
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Payday Loans

article OP/ED: California could finally regulate high-interest lenders. It’s up to the Senate (6/11/2019)
(California) -- The California Assembly has passed legislation to end a 34-year era during which non-bank lenders have been free to charge consumers unlimited interest...
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Beloit Casino

article OP/ED: Good planning for legalized pot (6/10/2019)
(Illinois) -- Along the border, Illinois marijuana decision will pose many issues. THIS MAY BE the question of the year once Illinois fully legalizes recreational...
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Tejon Tribe

article COMMUNITY VOICES: Hard Rock’s announcement extends Kern County's winning streak (6/9/2019)
(California) -- Over the past 12 months, Kern County has landed nine successful projects that will create over 4,600 jobs (including indirect and induced), and this week...
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Food Sovereignty

article OP/ED: Save Our Food. Free the Seed. (6/7/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Not long ago I was sitting in a combine tractor on a 24,000-acre farm in Dazey, N.D. The expanse of the landscape — endless rows of corn and...
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Timbisha Shoshone

article COLUMN: Clarion call to diversify the local economy (6/7/2019)
(California) -- Well, the casino issue is back in the news. The big question is will it actually happen? I read Jessica Weston’s story which reported the US...
article White: Casino Project Challenges Political Agendas (6/7/2019)
(California) -- It is apparent that there are two political agendas at work, regarding the Ridgecrest Entertainment / Casino Project. The questions before the City...
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Facebook

article OP/ED: Instagram or Insta-racist? How Instagram silences Natives in favor of racist R--skins (6/6/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the owner of Indian Country Today and manages its business operations. The National Congress of...
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Mascot Issue

article OP/ED: This Tribe's symbol is positive one (6/6/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine recently became the first state in the nation to legally prohibit schools and colleges from using Native American symbols or mascots in representing...
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Bridgeport Casino

article Haar: Why the tribes’ ploy makes no sense, ever (6/5/2019)
(Connecticut) -- You’ve got to give credit to the tribes for trying to pull a fast one on Bridgeport and the taxpayers of Connecticut. What a brilliant ploy:...
1 Article on this Issue

Connecticut Online

article EDITORIAL: Plan for third casino could still work (6/4/2019)
(Connecticut) -- A plan for a third casino in Connecticut that would have made sense for all parties was on the table and apparently had support at the highest levels....
1 Article on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article COMMENTARY: Tribal member voices concern over DV practice of “first come, first served” (6/2/2019)
(North Carolina) -- I am E Li Shi. I read and appreciate the article about the EBCI Integrated Domestic Violence Intervention Program (“EBCI making strides in...
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New York Gaming

article It’s Up To You, New York: Sports Betting Bills Walking Perilous Path (5/30/2019)
(New York) -- It’s now or never for an effort to authorize mobile NY sports betting in the Empire State. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow pushed his bill through his own...
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Poarch Creek

article Poll: Will Wind Creek’s casino rebranding and expansion be good for Bethlehem? (5/30/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The new owner of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem says it has big plans for the property, including an immediate infusion of $190 million.
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Other News

article OP/ED: Kotzebue focuses on housing, tribal family services (6/14/2019)
(Alaska) -- Greetings, I'm Nicole Stoops, Executive Director of the Native Village of Kotzebue since 2015. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be providing a...
article COLUMN: Are slot machine bonus rounds really a bonus? (6/6/2019)
(Indiana) -- When you sit down to play a slot machine, you are really activating a computer program that guarantees a profit for the casino. Players as a collective...
article OP/ED: Largest of three branches of the Sioux nation is the Lakota, with seven tribes (6/6/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Some of you probably have received unsolicited mail from St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota. I have, and I’ve responded with a gift...
article Sovereign Sisters in Lakota Lands (6/6/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Lakota Spiritual Activist Cheryl Angel believes in listening to her dreams – the ones that come to her at night as she sleeps, and the ones...
article BLOG: A Tribute To Minnesota Politician Don Fraser And American Indians (6/5/2019)
(Minnesota) -- I was so saddened that after writing about the Friendship Circle march on June 2, I received word that long-time Minnesota Congressman and Minneapolis...
article BLOG: What is the Value of a Licence? (6/5/2019)
(Internet) -- lthough this article is mainly about the value of a licence for online gambling, I will start with land-based casinos. Originally, licences were granted to...
article OP/ED: Colonial depictions of Native people must come down (6/3/2019)
(Virginia) -- A Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, became the flashpoint of national controversy in 2017 following White supremacist demonstrations that...
article BLOG: The Indian Wars never ended, they just changed tactics (6/3/2019)
(Indian Country) -- It’s all about raising awareness of the wave of crime against Indian women. It’s an epidemic right now. Imagine if a town the size of...
article BLOG: Six American children (5/31/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Six babies are born in the U.S. on July 4, 2019. One is a blond white boy, one is a red-headed white girl, one is the daughter of undocumented...
article OP/ED: Early education success needs culturally-specific approaches (5/31/2019)
(Oregon) -- The importance of early childhood education is increasingly at the forefront of public policy conversations in Oregon. As our state leaders develop programs...
article OP/ED: U.S. health care is in crisis. Here’s how the Catholic Church continues to reach the marginalized. (5/31/2019)
(USA) -- Where are the margins in U.S. health care? They can be tracked by race and ethnicity, highlighted on a map or charted along an income graph. In rural America...
article PEMBER: #MeToo. Toxic masculinity; Addressing a terrible truth (5/30/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Day 3: What does traditional accountability look like in the modern world? Dallas Goldtooth, campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental...
article OP/ED: The Fight Is Still Happening for the Rest of Us (5/30/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Listening to Gene Dawson talk about being gay in St. Louis is like going back in time. During a recent conversation at his home in south St. Louis...
article Letter: Illinois Sports Betting Won’t Happen Unless Another Major Expansion Is Included (5/28/2019)
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators wrote a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month advising him that they would not support or vote for any standalone sports betting...
article OP/ED: Turns out it's the small things that really matter (5/28/2019)
(Indian Country) -- It’s going on eight years now, since I’ve been churning out weekly columns: first for my own little newspaper (now defunct), A Cheyenne...
article CATO: American Indians: Washington Post Misses the Real Story (5/28/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Post magazine has a lengthy piece on American Indian policy, focusing on the challenges faced by people living on reservations. The...
article OP/ED: Indigenous Australians can be bystanders no longer (5/28/2019)
(Australia) -- Two years ago, we gathered in the red dust for a ceremony at Uluru and offered a gift to all Australians.
article Life in Defiance: Nations That Survived Mass Extermination Attempts (5/21/2019)
(USA) -- Genocide is a tragedy that never truly stops. You can see this clearly by observing the peoples descended from the survivors of genocides today.
article SCHUETZ: Las Vegas, Its Dancers and Opiates (5/20/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Sometimes a problem can be right before your eyes and you don’t see it. That may have been the case with the opiate epidemic. Gaming veteran Richard...
article LETTER: Unless you're a Native American, we are all immigrants (5/14/2019)
(Georgia) -- The GOP and Trump keep trying to scare Americans about immigrants, and sadly some people keep taking the bait. Using the fear of ‘others’ is a...

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