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COVID-19

article Casino suppliers feel the sting of COVID-19, too (5/30/2020)
(Nevada) -- It’s not just the casinos that have been missing tourists. Supply companies — those who work behind the scenes making sure Las Vegas resort-...
article COLUMN: There’s No Evidence the Spray Does Any Such Thing (5/22/2020)
(California) -- Bear River Casino Resort plans to reopen on Sunday despite repeated warnings from the county health officer, who has said that casinos — where...
article Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back? (5/20/2020)
(California) -- A quandary is lurking at the heart of the efforts to revive the economy. In recent decades, a growing share of job growth and gross domestic product has...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Hard Rock Casino On Terrorist's Hit List (5/30/2020)
(Florida) -- The FBI has charged a Tampa man with providing material support to ISIS after they say he stockpiled weapons, expressed allegiance to the "caliphate...
article Hard Rock Rockford investor embroiled in bitter lawsuit (5/23/2020)
(Illinois) -- A chief investor in the Hard Rock Casino Rockford is embroiled in a vicious civil lawsuit over efforts to expand his gambling empire. Dotty’s...
article Socially distant gambling debuts at Florida casino with glass barriers, temperature checks (5/21/2020)
(Florida) -- Gamblers got good news in Florida on Thursday as one casino in the state reopened following the coronavirus closure. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Stanley Ho: how the Macau casino tycoon’s love life shaped his success (5/30/2020)
(Macau) -- Gambling tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun was one of those rare characters: a man envied and adored in equal parts. Women wanted him. Men wanted to be him. Charming...
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California Sports Betting

article California lawmakers propose allowing legal sports betting to help with budget shortfall (5/29/2020)
(California) -- Two California lawmakers on Thursday pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown...
article New California Sports Betting Bill Tries To Bridge Gaps For Tribes, Cardrooms (5/28/2020)
(California) -- A new California sports betting bill offers a compromise to bring retail and mobile sports betting to the Golden State. Last June, Sen. Bill Dodd and...
press release Statement from CNIGA Chairman James Siva on Sen. Dodd’s Sports Betting Language (5/28/2020)
(California) -- “After initial review of Senator Dodd’s recently updated language to amend the State Constitution to allow  sports wagering, we have...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Labor & Unions

article As casinos prepare to reopen, the Culinary Union remains uneasy about worker safety (5/29/2020)
(Nevada) -- Earlier this week, the chain reaction that will wake the gaming industry from its virus-induced slumber began. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced casinos could...
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Nevada Gaming

article With casinos shut down, gaming revenue plummets to near-zero in April (5/29/2020)
(Nevada) -- Signaling the deep economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, statewide gambling revenue in April dropped 99.61 percent compared to what casino and online...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article 'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes (5/29/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- It was a federal judge's mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek the COVID-19...
article HAALAND & WARREN: The federal government fiddles as covid-19 ravages Native Americans (5/26/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- For generations, the federal government has failed to honor its promises to Native American people. Now, covid-19 is ravaging Native communities,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Washington, D.C. Gaming

article Unfair odds highlight major issues with newly-launched Washington D.C. sports betting (5/29/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- If you live in Washington D.C., it is now (finally) legal to bet on sports online. The District launched its GambetDC platform Thursday, which is...
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Winnebago Tribe

article WinnaVegas Casino Resort to remain closed (5/29/2020)
(Iowa) -- WinnaVegas Casino Resort announced Friday that the Casino Resort will remain closed due to concerns over rising COVID-19 cases on the Winnebago Indian...
article 'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases (5/25/2020)
(Nebraska) -- An incident at a grocery store on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska last week forced a tribally-owned corporation that owns the business to...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article ‘Everything Is Tied To Gaming Revenue,’ Says Chief Sneed As Eastern Band Casinos Reopen (5/28/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Both Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos opened at 30 percent capacity Thursday morning. When Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Gaming

article Victor Rocha: 'The leadership America needs ... Indian Country has' (5/28/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Victor Rocha, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, is the owner and editor of Pechanga.net and is the conference chair for the National Indian Gaming...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Las Vegas is reopening in one week (5/28/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Detailed housekeeping checklists. Half-empty casinos. Reservations-only dining. No shows, nightclubs or sporting events. These are just some of the...
article Casino owner’s giveaway of 2,000 flights to Las Vegas gone quickly (5/27/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Derek Stevens is cleared for takeoff. The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate co-owner is heralding his resorts’ June 4 reopening by giving away 1,000 one-...
article Las Vegas casino reopening ‘major milestone’ for city, industry (5/27/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Several Las Vegas casinos are a little over a week away from reopening their doors. On Tuesday evening, Gov. Steve Sisolak confirmed that he’s...
article MGM, Caesars, Boyd partner with UMC on COVID-19 testing (5/19/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A coronavirus testing program will begin Thursday for employees of several of the biggest gaming operators in Las Vegas. Employees of MGM Resorts...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Ohio Gaming

article Ohio House passes bill legalizing sports betting (5/28/2020)
(Ohio) -- Betting on sports is one step closer to becoming legal in Ohio, after the Ohio House of Representatives on Thursday approved a gambling bill that’s been...
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California Gaming

article Asserting Sovereignty, Indian Casinos Defy California’s Governor and Reopen (5/27/2020)
(California) -- It was a high-stakes gamble: a chance to win big at the slot machines but risk getting infected with the coronavirus. Braving a cold drizzle last week,...
article 'Dreamt of this moment': Reopening day is here for six casinos around the Coachella Valley (5/22/2020)
(California) -- Six casinos in or near the Coachella Valley are opening their doors Friday to guests who are ready to gamble on slot machines and card games, despite a...
article Casino employee fears reopening amid coronavirus pandemic (5/21/2020)
(California) -- Several of the valley's casinos are opening their doors to the public once again. The casinos reopening have implemented many safety precautions, the...
article Some casinos run by Native Americans are set to reopen, not subject to US laws (5/18/2020)
(California) -- Several San Diego casinos are taking a gamble with COVID-19 this week and are reopening. Because these casinos are on Native American reservations, they...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article South Dakota's congressional delegation requests federal guidance on tribal checkpoints (5/27/2020)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s congressional delegation issued a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior and Attorney General William Barr requesting...
article No response yet from federal government about tribes' checkpoints, Gov. Kristi Noem says (5/26/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem said she hasn't received a response from federal authorities about the state's investigation into two tribes' checkpoints...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Michigan Gaming

article Michigan tribal casinos begin to reopen, Detroit casinos remain closed (5/27/2020)
(Michigan) -- Every day Detroit casinos remain closed due to COVID-19, the city is losing $600,000 in tax revenue. It's an area of concern Mayor Duggan has spoken...
1 Article on this Issue

Morongo Tribe

article Casino Morongo employee quits over social distancing concerns: ‘We were lied to’ (5/27/2020)
(California) -- A former Casino Morongo employee speaking exclusively to News Channel 3 said she quit her job of eight years because she felt she was at risk of becoming...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Smoking

article Former assistant US Surgeon General: Smoke-free casinos will reduce COVID-19 risk (5/27/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A former assistant U.S. Surgeon General is calling on casinos to make their facilities smoke free to protect their employees, guests and liability. Rear...
1 Article on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article Chairman of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe responds to Gov. Noem asking for federal help (5/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- This week Gov. Kristi Noem asked the Attorney General to investigate after the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe refused to remove checkpoints on state and...
1 Article on this Issue

Oklahoma Gaming

article Governor, tribes present legal arguments in dispute over state gaming compacts (5/23/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal court lawsuit between Oklahoma gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt moved one step closer to a potential judicial resolution Friday...
1 Article on this Issue

Shingle Springs

article Tracing California’s ‘Lost Tribe’ Of Hawaiians (5/23/2020)
(California) -- In northern California, about 35 miles from Sacramento, is a small casino with a surprising — and controversial — link to Hawaii. The Shingle...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Decision In Tribe's Case Pending After Judge Hears Arguments (5/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A decision with implications for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereignty over reservation lands is pending after federal Judge Paul L....
article Native Tribe Could Lose Its Land Under New Trump Administration Guidelines (5/20/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Taking up whether the Trump administration can revoke reservation status for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620, a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Minnesota Gaming

article Judge: Electronic pulltabs don't violate tribal gambling monopoly (5/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Electronic pulltabs, the source of public funding for U.S. Bank Stadium, survived a legal challenge Thursday by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community....
1 Article on this Issue

Wynn Resorts

article Report: Wynn Resorts made ‘sincere commitment’ to improve policies after sexual misconduct allegations (5/21/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor owner Wynn Resorts has made a “sincere commitment” to preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace...
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Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe

article Lucky Star Casino: Employee tests positive for COVID-19 (5/20/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Lucky Star Casino officials recently sent out a letter to all employees saying operations will continue after one employee tested positive for COVID-19...
1 Article on this Issue

Chickasaw Nation

article Winstar to reopen 'soon' at limited capacity (5/20/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Winstar World Casino and Resort, Border Casino and other businesses owned by the Chickasaw Nation are to be reopened soon, Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby...
1 Article on this Issue

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article Gambling looks different as casinos reopen from coronavirus lockdowns. What changed? (5/20/2020)
(Idaho) -- As coronavirus restrictions ease across the country, casinos are reopening their doors — but the gambling experience looks a little different. After...
1 Article on this Issue

Connecticut Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Butler responds to Emanuel’s claim that casinos’ economic impact is small (5/20/2020)
(Connecticut) -- odney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, took exception to remarks an adviser to Gov. Ned Lamont...
1 Article on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Mohegan Sun Tribal Owners Get Pushback on 14% Casino Rescue Loan (5/20/2020)
(Wall Street) -- Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is trying to hammer out an agreement to borrow another $100 million to keep its shuttered casinos afloat after...
1 Article on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article Masks, plexiglass, and more: What will Pa. casinos look like when they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic? (5/20/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s unclear when Pa. casinos will welcome guests again amid the coronavirus pandemic, but once they do, gamblers will see plenty of differences...
1 Article on this Issue

Steve Wynn

article Steve Wynn talks casino rebound, air service, Macao connections (5/20/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Former Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn said the rebound of airline service to Las Vegas will be critical to the city once casinos reopen and...
1 Article on this Issue

Arizona Gaming

article Gambling Today: Arizona Casinos Offer Glimpse of What Reopening Looks Like (5/19/2020)
(Arizona) -- While Las Vegas casinos remain closed per Governor Steve Sisolak’s demands, casinos around neighboring Arizona reopened strong this past weekend. Five...
1 Article on this Issue

Oneida Nation

article Turning Stone and other Oneida Nation casinos plan June 10 reopening (5/19/2020)
(New York) -- The Oneida Nation’s three casinos in Central New York have set a tentative date of June 10 for a limited, phased-in reopening of their gaming and...
1 Article on this Issue

Station Casinos

article Red Rock Resorts CEO: Rumored sale of the Palms in Las Vegas ‘is not correct’ (5/19/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Red Rock Resorts CEO Frank Fertitta III didn’t mince his words Tuesday. He said the off-Strip Palms Casino, which recently underwent $690 million in...
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Other News

article Swedish government considers online casino shut-down (4/9/2020)
(Sweden) -- Reports from Sweden suggest government ministers are mulling a temporary shut-down or new restrictions on online casino to avoid an increase in gambling...
article Tilman Fertitta furloughs 40,000 workers at his casino, hotel and restaurant empire (3/24/2020)
(Texas) -- Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta said he’s had to temporarily lay off roughly 40,000 workers at his casino, hotel and restaurant empire to limit the...
article Virginia moves closer to casino gaming, posing real threat to MGM National Harbor's revenue (3/9/2020)
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s House and Senate signed off on legislation Saturday and Sunday that will allow five cities to hold public referendums as early as November...
article The Mysterious Deaths That Exposed Horse Racing’s Brutal Underbelly (3/8/2020)
(California) -- It was sweltering in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the second Sunday of August, when 400 racing executives decided to discuss the dead horse situation....
article Novomatic’s CEO Harald Neumann steps down (3/1/2020)
(Australia) -- Austria-based gaming equipment maker and operator Novomatic AG says the firm’s chief executive Harald Neumann (pictured in a file photo) has stepped...
article Report for America will support 19 journalists to cover Native American communities (2/24/2020)
(USA) -- It’s hard to say that Native Americans have, historically, gotten the kind of journalism they deserve. Mainstream news outlets typically pay them little...
article And Now Back to Ignoring Indian Country (2/4/2020)
(USA) -- In the run-up to Super Bowl LIV, the issue of the Kansas City Chiefs’ appropriative fans and the San Francisco 49ers’ genocide-referencing team name...
article How Terese Marie Mailhot stopped writing what other people wanted (1/13/2020)
(Canada) -- “I feel stuck in something feminine and ancestral in its misery.” Those are some of the first words that Terese Marie Mailhot jotted down in her...
article Washington’s highest court gets chief justice from Spokane, first Native American member (1/6/2020)
(Washington) -- With ceremonial drumming and singing plus a bit of poetry, the Washington Supreme Court swore in a “daughter of Spokane” as its new chief...
article Report shows betting industry's reliance on problem gamblers (1/2/2020)
(UK) -- The dependence of the UK gambling industry on high-spending VIPs, customers who are disproportionately likely to be addicts, has been laid bare in a secret...
article Lana Del Rey makes spoken-word album as ‘reparation’ to Native Americans (12/20/2019)
(California) -- The singer-songwriter announced Thursday night that she’ll release a spoken-word album next month for “around $1,” and half of the...
article Claim Game / The high stakes of fraudulent identity (12/18/2019)
(Ontario) -- As a kid, growing up in Odawa and Tkaronto, on lands stewarded for millennia by the Anishinabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat, I went to a lot of...
article We Care for the Holidays: Missoula Urban Indian Center has family in need (12/15/2019)
(Montana) -- Missoula Urban Indian Health Center offers a comprehensive array of health care services from full medical services to behavioral health services. It...
article ALEC Is an Incubator for Efforts to Protect White Supremacy, Says New Report (12/4/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Ten years ago, a then-state senator with ties to white supremacists named Russell Pearce introduced model legislation to his colleagues in the...
article Hard Rock or Mohegan Gaming Committed Procedural Snafu That Will Delay Announcement of Greece Casino Winning Bidder (11/26/2019)
(Greece) -- Hard Rock International and Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE), the casino operating unit of Connecticut’s Mohegan tribe, are the two operators...
article Total 7.4mln gaming machines worldwide in 2018: GTA study (10/31/2019)
(Worldwide) -- An estimated 7.4 million legally-installed gaming machines were in the market worldwide last year. That is according to the latest edition of the “...
article Horse racing-Drug reform in U.S. horse racing faces obstacles (10/30/2019)
(California) -- Outrage over the deaths of 36 horses at Santa Anita Park in Southern California since December has given a boost to federal legislation aimed at stopping...
article Alaska’s Uneven Rural Law Enforcement System Often Leaves Remote Villages With No Cops (10/25/2019)
(Alaska) -- In his first seven months as a village public safety officer in the remote Alaska village of Chenega, Andrew Jonda has enjoyed world-class fishing and...
article Indian Country Deserves a Better Hero Than Richard Nixon (10/21/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- You only need one hand to count the number of American presidents who could be considered vaguely positive, progressive partners for Indian Country...
article ASU law developing Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs (10/21/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is creating the nation's first programs in Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance for its Indian Legal...

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