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Agua Caliente

article Fireworks Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage Casino Still on, Tribe Says
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- The only official fireworks show slated for the Coachella Valley this Fourth of July weekend will still go on as planned at a tribal casino in Rancho...
article 'You Can't Eat Dirt': Tribal leader Vyola Ortner and the transformation of Section 14
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- “As Indians in Palm Springs, we had to cooperate with the dominant white culture in some ways in order to succeed. ... From my perspective, we did...
article New Agua Caliente Casino On Track To Open In 2020
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- The new Agua Caliente Casino in Cathedral City is a project that has not slowed down, even while enduring this pandemic. NBC Palm Springs got an...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

California Gaming

article Casino Insider: How the casinos enforce their rules
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- When it comes to visiting the region’s casinos, things are much different than the pre-coronavirus era. Casinos across the region say you must wear...
article Two desert casinos press forward with fireworks as state urges caution
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- Two tribal-owned casinos in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are moving forward with plans for Fourth of July fireworks viewings this weekend, as...
article How casinos are enforcing mask, smoking rules during coronavirus
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- Casinos have reopened in Southern California, but there are rules in the new normal created by the novel coronavirus pandemic. All of the tribal-owned...
article Konocti Vista Casino Offering Fireworks This Fourth of July
(6/29/2020)
(California) -- Konocti Vista Casino has teamed up with Mission Grown Medicinals, Big Valley Rancheria Smoke Shop and Lake County Tribal Health Consortium to continue...
article Casino Workers Voice Concerns Over Safety Protocols, Enforcement
(6/28/2020)
(California) -- Casinos are up and running with modifications due to COVID-19, but some casino workers said establishing protocols might not be enough, and more might be...
article VIDEO: Casino Workers Share Safety Protocol Concerns
(6/27/2020)
(California) -- Some workers said they have concerns about the enforcement of safety measures at reopened casinos. NBC 7’s Claudette Stefanian has more.
article Lake County casinos gradually reopening
(6/27/2020)
(California) -- Casinos in Lake County have been gradually reopening since June 15, despite the fact Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote a letter to tribal leaders pleading with...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

California Sports Betting

article California Tribes Granted Extension For Sports Betting 2022 Ballot Consideration
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- California tribal leaders received a small victory Thursday when a state Superior Court judge ruled to offer a 90 day extension in their attempts to...
article Californian Tribes Win Waiver to Start Sports Betting Referendum
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- California’s tribes continue to push for a sports betting solution to be introduced to the November ballot for state residents to vote on. A state...
article California Sports Betting Could Make 2022 Ballot As Tribes Get Extension
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- A bitter dispute over $8 billion in COVID-19 relief for Indian Country continues to simmer on Capitol Hill, with some lawmakers blaming tribes for the...
article Judge Rules For California Tribes On Sports Betting Initiative Extension
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- A California Superior Court judge on Thursday made official his tentative ruling to allow a coalition of federally-recognized tribes 90 more days to...
article California Sports Betting Delayed Once Again: Legislators Now Eye 2022 Ballot
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- California once again finds itself in a legal stalemate, as legislation meant to support a regulated sports betting market was removed from Tuesday...
article California Tribal Sports Betting Day In Court Set For Tomorrow
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- Legal sports betting might be kaput in the California state legislature, but in Indian Country, the push for a referendum continues to move forward. A...
article BLOG: Sports gambling in California will not be on 2020 ballot
(6/28/2020)
(California) -- The state of California currently has a population of 41 million people and many of them are sports fans. It has consistently grown at a rapid pace. As...
article STUTZ: California’s latest effort to legalize sports betting resembles state’s failure at Internet poker
(6/27/2020)
(California) -- At this rate, Utah – one of two states still without any form of regulated gaming – will have legal sports betting before California. Two...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Card Clubs

article California Gov. closes L.A. poker rooms again
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- Commerce Casino, Bicycle Hotel & Casino, Hollywood Park Casino, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Hustler Casino were all forced to close as Gov. Gavin Newsom...
article 140 employees on furlough after Club One Casino in Fresno forced to shut down again
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- Across the state, most casinos have temporarily been shut down after the governor ordered the closure of multiple indoor venues. Club One Casino has been...
article Hours after reopening, South Sacramento card room is shut down for third time
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- After being open for just one day, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order on Wednesday shut down a South Sacramento card room for the third time due to the...
article Restaurant dining rooms, wineries, card rooms to close for at least three weeks in 19 California counties
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered tougher restrictions for much of the state, requiring 19 counties experiencing increased spread of coronavirus to...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Tachi-Yokut Tribe

article Disney forced Dana White to scrap UFC 249 because of coronavirus pandemic
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- DANA WHITE was willing to pull out all the stops to miraculously stage UFC 249 amid the coronavirus pandemic... until the highest powers at Disney got...
article Tachi Palace adopts new, temporary no-smoking policy
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- A new no-smoking policy goes into effect on Friday at Tachi Palace Casino Resort. The Lemoore entertainment center's general manager said the new,...
article Tachi Palace adopts new, temporary no-smoking policy
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- A new no-smoking policy goes into effect on Friday at Tachi Palace Casino Resort. The Lemoore entertainment center's general manager said the new,...
article Disney forced Dana White to scrap UFC 249 because of coronavirus pandemic and have a £1.2bn deal in the championship
(7/3/2020)
(California) -- Dana White was willing to pull out all the stops to miraculously stage UFC 249 amid the coronavirus pandemic... until the highest powers at Disney got...
article Tachi Palace temporarily bans smoking
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- Tachi Palace Casino Resort announced that it will be implementing a non-smoking policy starting Friday. Michael Olujic, general manager of the casino...
article Tachi Palace cancels Fourth of July festivities due to COVID-19
(6/29/2020)
(California) -- Tachi Palace Casino Resort has announced the cancelation of its annual Fourth of July Fireworks celebration for the safety of the community, in light of...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article County working with tribes on COVID cases linked to casinos
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- County health officials last week confirmed they were working with local casinos that could include casinos operated by the Rincon Tribe and San Pasqual...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Smoking

article After coronavirus, Fresno-area casino made a big change. Will more casinos follow?
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- It’s been nearly a month since Table Mountain Casino snuffed out indoor smoking. The policy’s implementation coincided with the casino’...
1 Article on this Issue

Trinidad Rancheria

article 'Our Sovereign Right': With water woes continuing to hamper hotel project, Trinidad Rancheria accuses critics of prejudice, systemic racism
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- Already escalated tensions spiked sharply south of Trinidad on June 24, when the Trinidad Rancheria accused the city, area residents and Fifth District...
1 Article on this Issue

Wilton Rancheria

article Tarango elected as Wilton Rancheria’s tribal chair
(7/2/2020)
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria has a new tribal chair: Jesus Tarango. He was elected by his tribe on June 13 to replace his cousin, Raymond “Chuckie”...
1 Article on this Issue

Chumash Tribe

article Chumash announce layoffs as a result of pandemic
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- The Chumash Casino Resort is laying off some workers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, the...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Cafe Ohlone to give meal kits a try while its founders envision ambitious next restaurant
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- Two weeks ago, the world’s only Ohlone restaurant lost its home when Berkeley’s 46-year-old University Press Books closed its doors, a...
1 Article on this Issue

Hoopa Tribe

article Hoopa Valley Tribal Council waiting, Still no word what agency will lead investigation
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council has yet to find out what agency will ultimately investigate the allegations surrounding possible fraud during the recent...
article Hoopa Valley Tribal Council questions election results
(6/27/2020)
(California) -- The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council is alleging potential election manipulation following a recount of results from the tribe’s June 16 vote. The June...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Junipero Serra

article For safekeeping or the ousting of a noxious symbol, Serra statues come down
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- In late June, a mountaintop cross in Riverside that bears the name of Franciscan friar Junipero Serra became the most recent target of those who call for...
article San Francisco Archbishop Holds Exorcism At Golden Gate Park Site Where Serra Statue Was Toppled
(6/30/2020)
(California) -- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gathered a group of worshipers over the weekend at the site where Black Lives Matter protesters toppled a statue of...
article SF archbishop says Satan is behind defaced statues, calls Serra 'great defender' of Native peoples
(6/30/2020)
(California) -- The controversial archbishop of San Francisco claimed Father Junipero Serra, the man famed for bringing Catholicism to California in the 1700s, is a...
article Two meetings on fate of Ventura's Father Serra statue slated as emotions run high
(6/28/2020)
(California) -- A statue portraying Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall — recently the site of a demonstration by those seeking its removal from...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article California tribe blocks border-wall demolition on ‘ancestral burial grounds’
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- About a dozen members of the Kumeyaay Nation and supporters gathered in the tiny outpost of Boulevard, Calif., to stop demolition work along the U.S.-...
article Kumeyaay tribe blocks border wall construction on native burial grounds
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- Members and allies of the Kumeyaay Nation in Campo blocked construction of the border wall on Monday by standing in front of an area where pre-...
article California Legislation Would Encourage Schools, Parks, Libraries and other Public Institutions to Recognize Tribes as Traditional Stewards of the Land
(7/1/2020)
(California) -- Bipartisan legislation in the California Assembly would encourage the state’s public institutions to recognize Native American tribes as...
article California tribe blocks border-wall demolition on ‘ancestral burial grounds’
(6/30/2020)
(California) -- About a dozen members of the Kumeyaay Nation and supporters gathered in the tiny outpost of Boulevard, Calif., to stop demolition work along the U.S.-...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

False Idols

article Statue of missionary toppled in LA Indigenous protest
(6/30/2020)
(California) -- A statue of a Spanish missionary in downtown Los Angeles has been toppled by Indigenous demonstrators. The Los Angeles Times reports the statue of Father...
article In reckoning with oppression, don’t rush to replace statues, Bay Area indigenous leaders say
(6/29/2020)
(California) -- Corinna Gould’s first reaction to the videos of protesters recently pulling down the statue of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park was: “...
article Not just Confederate statues: Indigenous activists want conquistadors, missionaries removed
(6/29/2020)
(California) -- As Confederate statues and symbols are removed nationwide, activists are calling for monuments to those who contributed to the genocide of Indigenous...
article Orange County Democrats condemn ‘racist’ comments by John Wayne, call for airport to drop his name
(6/27/2020)
(California) -- Orange County’s Democratic Party is hoping sundown is on the horizon for the Duke. This week, officials passed an emergency resolution condemning...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

San Manuel Tribe

article San Manuel Casino prohibits indoor smoking, limits alcohol service
(6/30/2020)
(California) -- San Manuel Casino announced that it was temporarily prohibiting smoking indoors and limiting alcohol service only to people playing at slots and table...
1 Article on this Issue

Cabazon Band

article Full details: Card set, protocols in place for July 24 return of boxing at Fantasy Springs
(6/29/2020)
(California) -- Vergil Ortiz Jr. will be matched against Samuel Vargas in the July 24 main event at Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, Golden Boy Promotions...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Randy Reinholz, Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, Stepping Down After 26 Years
(6/30/2020)
(California) -- Randy Reinholz (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, is stepping down after more than two decades...
article Sherwood Valley Casino Reopens June 26, 2020, Significant Protocols in Place to Protect Guests and Employees
(6/27/2020)
(California) -- The “I”s have been dotted and the “T”s have been crossed on an extensive checklist of new precautions and protocols to protect the health and welfare of...
article Klamath Man Initially Charged With a Hate Crime Pleads to Lesser Charge
(6/26/2020)
(California) -- A 59-year-old man initially charged with murder and committing a hate crime in the 2017 stabbing of a Native American man in Klamath was sentenced on a...
article Bringing Creation Back Together Again: The Salt Songs of the Nuwuvi
(6/25/2020)
(California) -- It is no surprise that Matt Leivas, Sr. is a ram. By this, I mean he is a Na, a direct descendent of the Chemehuevi Mountain Sheep Clan. An all-star high...
article The Fort Behind Fort Bragg
(6/24/2020)
(California) -- In this moment of shifting historical identities — the Fort Bragg City Council has taken up the question of whether to change the town's name on Monday...
article Councilman Jose Huizar Arrested by FBI on Federal Racketeering Charges
(6/23/2020)
(California) -- Special agents with the FBI this morning arrested Jose Huizar, an elected member of the Los Angeles City Council, on a federal racketeering charge that...
article How José Huizar Became Embroiled in the Worst Corruption Scandal in Almost a Century
(6/23/2020)
(California) -- On a balmy evening in June 2017, hundreds of Los Angeles grandees packed together downtown to salute the latest addition to the city’s skyline—a billion-...
article SANDAG Commits $200,000 for Regional Planning with Tribal Nations
(6/20/2020)
(California) -- San Diego Association of Governments Chair Steve Vaus met with the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association this week to commit $200,000...
article Squaw Valley to discuss removing slur against Native Americans from California resort’s name
(6/19/2020)
(California) -- The owners of Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe are inviting Native American leaders to discuss the use of the ethnic and sexist slur in its name, as the...
article Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians opens Pit Stop
(6/19/2020)
(California) -- “Páxam, páxam! We are officially open for business!” Social media and news outlets near and far have trumpeted the news. The Santa Rosa Band...
article Gil Birmingham proud of his role in ‘Yellowstone’
(6/18/2020)
(California) -- Gil Birmingham only has agreed to play one role that he wishes he had passed on during the nearly 35 years he’s been working as a professional...
article UC Berkeley Has Only Returned 20% of Its Native American Artifacts and Remains
(6/17/2020)
(California) -- The University of California and campuses, including Berkeley, failed to comply with laws for returning Native American human remains and artifacts,...
article UCLA selects Carole Goldberg to serve as interim EDI vice chancellor
(6/15/2020)
(California) -- Carole Goldberg will serve as the interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, announced Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily...
article Puvungna tribal-ground incident spurs lawsuit against Cal State Long Beach
(6/14/2020)
(California) -- Dirt and debris from a Cal State Long Beach residential hall construction site dumped last fall on parts of the 22 acres designated as the historic...
article Roy Little Chief, Siksika politician and advocate for Indigenous rights, dead at 81
(6/14/2020)
(California) -- Roy Little Chief, a former chief of the Siksika First Nation and prominent voice for Indigenous rights, is dead at age 81. For more than 60 years, Little...
article Cal-Berkeley called out for sitting on tribal artifacts
(6/12/2020)
(California) -- The University of California system — including the liberal campus in Berkeley — has been called out for inconsistency and delay in...
article BLOG: Cal-Berkeley called out for sitting on tribal artifacts
(6/12/2020)
(California) -- The University of California system — including the liberal campus in Berkeley — has been called out for inconsistency and delay in...
article Audit: University of California Failing to Promptly Return Native American Artifacts
(6/11/2020)
(California) -- The University of California failed to comply with state and federal rules on returning Native American human remains and cultural objects, resulting in...
article Dirt Dumped On Puvungna At Cal State Long Beach Prompts Lawsuit
(6/11/2020)
(California) -- Dirt and debris from a Cal State Long Beach residential hall construction site dumped last fall on parts of the 22 acres designated as the historic...
article Bone found at Port of Port Angeles site
(6/11/2020)
(California) -- Cranial bone fragments were unearthed at a Port of Port Angeles logging yard during an archaeological survey required for installation of a stormwater...

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