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Maine Supreme Court Won’t Weigh in on Tribal Casino Question

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The Maine Supreme Court has declined to rule on whether the state’s tribes can operate casino gaming legally without the approval of the legislature, declaring the question was “not of a serious and immediate nature.” The question was asked by tribal Representative Henry Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, who has tried to…Read More

Hold-Out Pojoaque Pueblo Tribe Still Fighting New Mexico Despite Losing Compact Battle

Pojoaque Pueblo

A go-it-alone tribal operator continues to wage war with the State of New Mexico, despite losing a federal legal battle over a standoff on revenue-share payments. The Pojoaque Pueblo believe that $10.1 million seized by the US Department of Justice in March as “proceeds of illegal gambling” should be redistributed to the tribe for general…Read More

California Tribes Sue Card Clubs Over ‘Illegal’ House-Banked Games

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California’s Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Santa Ynez Band of Cumash Indians have launched legal action against many of the state’s card rooms for operating what the tribes consider to be house-banked card games. California’s 55 tribal operators have exclusivity on Class III casino gaming, per a 2000 ballot initiative, but have become increasingly…Read More

Foxwoods Reports Slots Revenue Dips as MGM Competition Starts to Pinch, Satellite Casino Still Nowhere in Sight

Foxwoods

Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino reported a 10 percent drop in slots revenue in October, as competition from Massachusetts’ MGM Springfield begins to bite. The Mashantucket Pequot-owned casino resort said the year-on-year plunge followed a 5 percent decline in September. Connecticut’s other tribal casino, Mohegan Sun, has not yet reported but said its slots revenue fell…Read More

Ho-Chunk Tribal Casino Resort in Beloit Moves Forward, Wisconsin Governor-Elect Supports $405M Project

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A tribal casino planned for Beloit, Wisconsin, by the Ho-Chunk Indians is closer to receiving full authorization from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Late last week, the City of Beloit announced that the $405 million Native American casino resort is making progress on the federal level. Town officials say the development will soon be…Read More

Tribal Casinos Account For Nearly Half of US Gaming Market, AGA Report Says

A new report released by the American Gaming Association (AGA) shows just how significant tribal casinos are to America’s economic landscape. In the 28 states where tribes operate gaming facilities, 676,428 workers were employed and paid total wages that exceeded $36.2 billion in 2016, the year of the most recent available data. Additionally, the 500…Read More

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Re-Elect Rodney Butler Chairman Amid East Windsor Casino Chaos

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The Mashantucket Pequot Native Americans have re-elected Rodney Butler to the position of tribal council chairman, as the group continues to fight for a satellite casino in East Windsor, Connecticut. Butler has been in the role since 2009. It will be his fourth consecutive three-year term. The chairman has served on the tribal council since…Read More

Arkansas Voters Legalize Casino Gaming Through Controversial Ballot Measure

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Voters in Arkansas said yes to gambling expansion on Tuesday, approving a constitutional amendment that will legalize casino gaming and sports betting in the state. With 2,334 of 2,607 precincts declared, Arkansas Online reported an unofficial result of 453,275 for and 384,526 against the measure, known as Issue 4. Issue 4 authorizes casino gaming at…Read More

New Mexico Lottery Plans to Offer Sports Prediction Game, Without Nod From Lawmakers

New Mexico Lottery

The New Mexico Lottery Authority (NMLA) board voted unanimously this week to roll out a sports lottery-style product. The move comes just weeks after Santa Ana Pueblo tribe launched the state’s first sports book at its Santa Ana Star Casino. The New Mexico legislature has not passed a law to legalize sports betting. The Santa…Read More

Ryan Zinke to Be Investigated By DOJ, Connecticut Tribes Hope Its About Their Casino

Ryan Zinke

Two Connecticut tribes fighting for the right to build a casino in East Windsor, close to the Massachusetts border, may be encouraged by intriguing news concerning US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Zinke’s own department watchdog has referred one of its three ongoing investigations into his conduct to the Department…Read More

Oregon Governor Kate Brown ‘Hypocritical’ Over Tribal Gambling U-Turn, Say Critics

Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Democratic Governor Kate Brown has been accused of naked hypocrisy after hopping into bed with a Native American tribe that has to date boosted her political war chest to the tune of $115,000, The Washington Times alleges. There’s nothing illegal about the funds pouring into the governor’s campaign coffers from the Cow Creek Band…Read More

California Tribes Threaten to Sue State Over Banked Games Despite Regulator Assurances

California tribes fight card clubs over banked games

California tribal gaming operators are treating with caution a declaration by regulators that they will wipe out controversial banked card games currently on offer at the state’s card clubs. The games — usually versions of blackjack or Pai Gow Poker — have been the subject of a six-year dispute between the state and its powerful…Read More

Ponca Tribal Casino to Open on Nebraska-Iowa Border, Despite Federal Lawsuit to Stop It

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As the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has discovered, the problem with developing a tribal border casino is you’re in danger of being sued by two states instead of just one. Nevertheless, the tribe announced Thursday it will open its Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa, at noon on November 1, despite a pending federal…Read More

New Mexico Tribal Casino Launches State’s First Legal Sports Book

Santa Ana Pueblo

The Santa Ana Pueblo tribe launched sports betting Tuesday at its Santa Ana Star Casino, in partnership with Nevada-based USBookmaking. In doing so, New Mexico became the sixth US state to offer full-scale, legal sports betting and the fifth since the striking down of PASPA. The launch was a low key affair, with none of…Read More

Elizabeth Warren Gets No Love from Cherokee Nation: DNA Test Results, Massachusetts Tribal Casino Bill Fail to Buy Credibility

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she has high cheekbones — “like all of the Indians do,” as she was famously once berated for saying — has already gotten her in plenty of hot water with various Native American tribes. But the Massachusetts senator — who has recently championed tribal casino rights  in her home state after previously…Read More