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

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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

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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

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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

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe Allegedly Paid Marijuana Consultant Who Had Spent Decade in Prison

The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin allegedly used casino funds to pay over $301,000 to Lawrence Larsen between 2015 and 2017 for consulting services on marijuana and related products. A few years earlier, Larsen spent 10 years in prison on drug charges, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Producing Hemp, Cannabidiol He was paid from…Read More

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Faces Power Struggle After Failed Casino Bid Leaves It $500 Million in the Red

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The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts has been rocked by financial crisis and political unrest since its bid to build a $1 billion Genting-funded casino in Taunton hit the skids. Now, The Cape Cod Times reports a coup is afoot to oust tribal chairman Cedric Cromwell and his vice chairwoman, Jessie “Little Doe” Baird, after…Read More

Draft Seminole Compact Deal Would Include Sports Betting, Craps, Roulette, But Will Be Tough to Pass, Governor Says

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has a copy of a “draft outline” of a potential new gaming compact, thrashed out over the past few weeks during negotiations between the Seminole Tribe and Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-10th). Few people have seen the document, but sources have told local media they believe the deal would allow the…Read More

Oklahoma Grandma Leaves Boy in Hot Car at Casino, Faces Murder Rap

An Oklahoma woman pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges she abandoned her 5-year-old grandson, leading to his death, in order to go to a casino. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted Alanna Jean Orr, 50, on second-degree murder charges. After her arraignment in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma Friday, a federal judge released…Read More

St. Croix Chippewa Indians May Face Federal Inquiry after Allegations Involving $1.5M of Casino Funds

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin risk paying up to $27 million in fines after audits claim more than $1.5 million of tribal casino money was improperly spent, misaccounted for, or apparently used for personal expenses. The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) dated on April 11 which says the…Read More

East Windsor Tribal Casino Controversy Ramps Up as Year-Old DOI Secret Meeting Surfaces

Continuing friction over Connecticut’s planned Tribal Winds Casino took a new twist this week with the revelation that Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt held a private meeting last April with the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation’s attorney Marc Kasowitz. The latter group had attempted to block the gaming venue from opening. Even though the…Read More

Seneca Nation Requests Federal Review of New York Gaming Compact Amendment

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The Seneca Nation in upstate New York is requesting a federal review by the US Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding an amendment to its gaming compact with the state. Earlier this month, a legally binding arbitration panel ruled that the Native American tribe must pay the State of New York…Read More

Valve Software Sued by Native American Tribe for Illegal Gambling Over CS:GO Skins Betting

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The Quinault Nation, a Native American tribe that operates a casino in the state of Washington, has filed a lawsuit against Valve Software accusing the gaming firm of facilitating and encouraging illegal online gambling through skins betting related to games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court…Read More

Nebraska Could Vote on Casino Gambling as Tribe Tries to Capture $500M Wagered in Nearby States

Nebraska residents may soon be asked to sign a petition for a referendum allowing casino gaming at the state’s six licensed horse tracks under a proposal from the Winnebago Tribe and the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association made up of thoroughbred owners and trainers. The two groups — through an organization called Keep the Money in…Read More

North Carolina Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Sports Betting for Tribal Operators

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On Tuesday, a North Carolina sports betting bill received an emphatic thumbs up from the State Senate, moving one step closer to establishing legal sports books in the state – or at least in one tiny corner of it. Sen. Jim Davis’ (R-50th) bill would permit casinos run by Native American tribes to offer sports…Read More

Florida Reopens Compact Negotiations with the Seminoles But Tribe Holds the Cards

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Florida lawmakers are conducting behind-the-scenes talks with the Seminole tribe of Florida in a bid to flesh out a new compact, The Herald-Tribune reports. At stake is the roughly $350 million in slots revenue the tribe shares with the state each year under the terms of a 2010 compact that expired in 2015. The tribe…Read More

Attorney Representing Town Wants Answers From Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard Gambling Hall

With land already cleared for a tribal gambling hall in Aquinnah — located on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard — a lawyer representing the town is demanding answers from the Wampanoag tribe and wants them to stop any additional construction. In a March 28 letter, Attorney Douglas J. Kline, who works in the Boston…Read More

North Carolina Bill Allowing Sports Betting at Tribal Casinos Advances

A bill that would allow Indian casinos to offer sports betting and horse racing simulcasts has passed its first vote in the North Carolina General Assembly. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance approved an amended version of Senate Bill 154. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Davis (R-Franklin), has the support…Read More

Federal Court Sides With New Mexico Tribes Over $60 Million Bill on Non-Existent Revenues

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A federal judge in New Mexico has ruled the states’ assertion that six of its tribal operators owe millions in revenue-share back payments is based on flawed accounting, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. In 2017, the New Mexican Gaming Control Board requested payment of more than $60 million from most of the state’s 14…Read More