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Native-American tribal gaming operator news coverage, including issues surrounding use of sovereign and non-sovereign land, those affected by federal laws such as the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, state compacts, political alliances and battles, and scandals.

Pokagon Band Wants Class III Gaming Compact with Indiana for Expanding South Bend Casino

The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians broke ground earlier this week on an expansion project for the tribe’s Four Winds Casino South Bend. However, that’s not the only change the tribe wants to… Read More

Pamunkey Indian Tribe Paves Way For Norfolk Casino Approval With $10 Million Property Purchase Agreement

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe agreed to pay nearly $10 million for waterfront property in Norfolk, Va. if the city signs off on plans to permit the tribe to develop a site along the Elizabeth… Read More

Nevada Man Leaps to Death From Top Floor of California’s Graton Casino Parking Lot After Breaking Free From Police

A man plunged to his death from the parking garage of the Graton Resort & Casino, near Santa Rosa, California on Monday, seconds after breaking free from police custody. Minutes earlier, it appeared that… Read More

South Dakota Tribal Casino Expansion Work Subject to $480K Excise Tax, Circuit Court Rules

A federal appellate court ruled last week that the state of South Dakota had the right to apply an excise tax on a nontribal contractor who renovated and expanded a casino for the Flandreau… Read More

Pechanga Casino Guest Dies From Injuries Suffered in Assault There, Two Women Charged With Murder, Robbery

An elderly woman visiting Pechanga Resort and Casino, a tribal gaming venue located in Temecula, Calif., was assaulted soon after arriving on the premises on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 31. She later died… Read More

Saganing Eagles Landing Casino To Celebrate Expansion as Other Michigan Tribal Operator Faces Opposition

Michigan Saganing Eagles Landing Casino will mark a two-year, multi-million dollar expansion — including a new hotel and additional slots — with an opening event Friday. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe property — located… Read More

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Treasurers Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury

The current and former chief financial officers of Massachusetts’ Mashpee Wampanoag tribe have been subpoenaed for reasons that are currently unclear, The Cape Cod Times reports. One source told The Times that the court… Read More

Hurricane Dorian Spares Popular Bahamas Casino Resorts, Gaming Industry Announces Relief Efforts

The hurricane that wreaked havoc across the Caribbean and is now making its way up the US East Coast spared the major Bahamas casino resorts in its path of destruction. Hurricane Dorian ripped through… Read More

Buffalo Bills Announce Deal with Neighboring Seneca Nation to Serve as ‘Official Casino’

The Buffalo Bills announced on Friday that they have reached a sponsorship agreement with a nearby tribal gaming community, a move that’s establishing a trend among National Football League teams to partner with casinos…. Read More

Unfinished Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Guitar Tower Braces for Hurricane Dorian

The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood guitar hotel tower is bracing for its first major hurricane test, and it comes just as construction workers were hoping to complete the towering 450-feet architectural marvel. Hurricane Dorian,… Read More

New York Shinnecock Indian Nation Passes Gaming Resolutions, Long Island Tribe Has Strong Ally

The Shinnecock Indian Nation on Long Island has passed two gaming resolutions for the tribe to explore the possibilities of opening a casino venue in the picturesque area. Newsday, a media outlet covering Long… Read More

Saracen Casino Wants to Allow Arkansas Patrons a Cigarette Puff in Pine Bluff

Saracen Casino Resort wants to be excluded from a Pine Bluff, Arkansas city ordinance that requires smoke-free workplaces. The venue likely opens there next year. The Pine Bluff City Council will review next week… Read More

Odawa Tribal Operator Loses Federal Case That Would Have Dramatically Expanded Reservation in Northern Michigan

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBBOI), which operates the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey, Michigan, has failed in its legal bid to have a vast area of land declared its sovereign… Read More

Cherokee Nation, with 10 Oklahoma Tribal Casinos, Pushing for Congressional Representation

In a historic move, the Cherokee Nation — whose Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE) operates 10 Oklahoma tribal casinos — announced last week that it would appoint a delegate to serve as its representative in… Read More

New York Gov. Cuomo Holds Highway Repair Hostage in Seneca Nation Casino Revenue Dispute

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) says the state won’t touch a three-mile stretch of I-90 that travels through Seneca Nation land due to the ongoing casino revenue-sharing dispute with the tribe. The Seneca… Read More