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Oregon Weighs Ending Tax Break for Gambling Losses as Tribes Oppose Bill

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon is leading a fight against a state proposal that would end a tax deduction for gambling losses — saying it would hurt much-needed tribal operations. The tribe, which runs Spirit Mountain Casino, has joined with the Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance (OTGA) to oppose Senate Bill 212….Read More

Death Valley Tribe Sues DOI Over Stalled Casino Land Application, Alleging ‘Undue Political Influence’

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The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe of Death Valley is suing the US Department of the Interior for its failure to sign off on an application take to land into trust for the tribe in Ridgecrest, California. The Timbisha want to build a casino on the Ridgecrest plot but accuses Associate Deputy Secretary of the Department of…Read More

Stalled Martha’s Vineyard Casino Faces More Possible Delays as Planning Agency, Federal Judge Review Project

A controversial planned tribal gaming hall on Martha’s Vineyard will be scrutinized further during three upcoming meetings by a Massachusetts regional planning agency. Staff from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Wednesday. That will be followed by two public meetings. The commission’s…Read More

Bill to Restore Mashpee Land Rights and Casino Ambitions Passed by US House, Despite Trump Opposition


A bill that would secure the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ land was approved by the US House Wednesday. The Democrat-backed HR 312 was approved by 275-146, in a vote broadly split across party lines, although 42 Republicans jumped ship. It faces a tougher test in the GOP-controlled Senate and…Read More

Seminoles End $350 Million Annual Casino Revenue-Share Payments to State of Florida


The Seminole tribe of Florida will cease making paying $350 million a year in revenue-share payments to the state, effective immediately. Local media reports the tribe — which operates Florida’s Hard Rock-branded casinos — hand-delivered a letter from Seminole chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. to Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday announcing that one of the biggest tribal…Read More

Wisconsin’s St. Croix Chippewa Tribe Asked to Pay $5.5M in Fines Even Though Purportedly in ‘Financial Crisis’

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin are now facing $5.5 million in fines after a detailed review by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) into alleged improper spending of casino revenue. The proposed penalties from the national tribal regulator were announced in a letter last Thursday along with a stern rebuke by the NIGC…Read More

Connecticut’s Mohegan Gaming ‘Shovel Ready’ for Massive Project in Future Asian Gaming Hub

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Connecticut tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is poised to begin construction of the first $1.6-billion phase of its proposed integrated resort in Incheon, South Korea, around 16 miles from the capital, Seoul. Incheon was South Korea’s first free economic zone and is set to become a gambling hub in the mold of the…Read More

President Donald Trump Tweets Opposition to Tribal Casino Bill Backed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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A congressional tribal casino bill in the US House of Representatives won’t have the support of President Donald Trump should the legislation reach his Oval Office desk. House Bill 312 – introduced by Rep. Bill Keating (D-Massachusetts) in January that has the public backing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) – would return two parcels of…Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Tribal Gambling Hall Delayed by Disputed Electrical Permit, New Court Proceedings

A planned bingo venue on Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard is once again the subject of court battles with new charges also being exchanged about the town of Aquinnah denying an electrical permit to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head. A hearing over the dispute is supposed to take place later this month. But for now, it…Read More

Ponca Tribe Wins Crucial Backing for Prairie Flower Casino in 12-Year Legal Battle with Iowa, Nebraska

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A lawsuit by the states of Nebraska and Iowa that seeks to sink the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa, was dealt a body blow this week, The Omaha World-Herald reports. The tribe opened its casino in early November, despite the pending federal legal challenge by the two states, which…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Debate Authorizing Native American Gaming with Casino Owned by Four Tribes

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Lawmakers in Maine are debating legislation that would pave the way for the state’s first ever tribal casino and third gaming venue in all. Rep. Benjamin Collings’ (D-Portland) bill would authorize the state’s four federally recognized tribes — the Passamaquoddy, the Penobscot, the Aroostook Band of Micmac, and the Houlton Band of Maliseet — to…Read More

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Hopes Congressional Committee Backs Bill That Could Lead to $1B Taunton Casino

UPDATE: The House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved legislation Wednesday that reaffirms the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal reservation by a 26-to-10 vote. It next heads to the full House. Members of a Congressional committee have in their hands the fate of a proposal that reaffirms the regulatory status of a troubled Taunton Massachusetts reservation…Read More

Florida-Seminole Compact Deal That Would Authorize Sports Betting Now on Life Support, Lawmakers Say


An ambitious political gambit to bring sports betting to Florida while resolving a compact impasse between the state and the powerful Seminole tribal operator is dead in the water, according to multiple sources who spoke to Florida Politics Monday evening. One lawmaker who asked to remain anonymous told FP the push was “99 percent dead.”…Read More

Jonodev Chaudhuri Leaves National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman Post, Trump To Name Successor

Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri is stepping down as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) — as speculation mounts who will succeed him as head of the powerful federal regulator that monitors tribal gambling across the United States. President Donald Trump will nominate his replacement who also needs to be confirmed by the Senate. So…Read More

Eastern Cherokee Band Whips Up Opposition to North Carolina Casino Proposed by South Carolina Catawba Tribe


County officials across Western North Carolina are calling for two North Carolina Congressmen to withdraw their support for a federal bill that would pave the way for a South Carolina-based tribe to build a casino in the Old North State, according to Smoky Mountain News. US Sens. Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) lent…Read More