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Casino City Press Releases 2015 Indian Gaming Industry Report

Dr. Alan Meister has released his 2015 Indian Gaming Industry Report. This is the thirteenth edition of the Report and is widely regarded as the best source for the state of the Indian gaming industry, which has grown to...more

5/27/2015 - Casinos Gaming Indian Gaming Information Reports

Bills Propose to Reverse National Labor Relations Board Jurisdictions over Indian Tribal Governments

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) was enacted by Congress in 1935. The Act, also known as the Wagner Act after its champion, New York Senator Robert F. Wagner, passed the Senate in May 1935, the House in June 1935,...more

5/13/2015 - Jurisdiction NLRA NLRB Tribal Governments Unions

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 9

SHOULD THERE BE A “LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION” TO DISPUTED INDIAN TRUST APPLICATIONS? Recent actions in Arizona and Indiana suggest that there is a new approach to local government opposition to Indian tribal applications for...more

5/11/2015 - Commerce Clause Gaming Revenues Indian Gaming Indian Tribal Trusts Political Debates

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 8

The Dance Known as “Texas Two Step” - The two-step is a partner dance, consisting of a “leader” (traditionally a man) and a “follower” (traditionally a woman). The leader determines the movements and patterns of the...more

4/24/2015 - Gaming Indian Gaming Jurisdiction Legislative Agendas Native American Issues NLRA NLRB Tribal Governments

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 5: North Fork Tribe Sues State For Compact In Latest Chapter Of Gaming Saga

By the summer of 2014, it appeared that the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California had finally made it over the last hurdle to begin construction of a Class III casino with 2,000 slot machines and 40 gaming tables...more

4/2/2015 - Eleventh Amendment Gaming Immunity Indian Gaming Regulation Act Memorandum of Agreement Preemption Referendums Tribal-State Gaming Compacts

Gaming Legal News - Volume 8 Number 1: Idaho Tribes And Community Leaders Seek To Limit "Instant Racing" Gaming Machines

A popular and profitable form of gaming has sparked a controversy in Idaho between the state’s Indian tribes and horse racetracks. "Instant Racing" video slot machines replay the last seconds of horse races run in the past,...more

2/16/2015 - Gaming Gaming Equipment Horse Racing Native American Issues Slot Machines Tribal Governments Tribal-State Gaming Compacts

Gaming Legal News: Volume 7, Number 12: Department Of Justice Files Suit Against Santa Ysabel Tribe’s "Desert Rose Bingo" Site

On December 3, United States Department of Justice attorneys filed a complaint in federal court seeking to prevent the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, a federally recognized Indian tribe near San Diego, from continuing to...more

12/15/2014 - DOJ Gaming Indian Gaming Online Gaming UIGEA

Gaming Legal News - June 2014 • Volume 7, Number 10

In This Issue: - INDIAN COUNTRY AWAITS 9TH CIRCUIT’S EN BANC REHEARING IN BIG LAGOON CASE: In January, a split 9th Circuit panel shocked Indian Country with its holding in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California that...more

7/1/2014 - En Banc Review Gaming Indian Gaming Indian Gaming Regulation Act Indian Tribal Trusts Tribal Lands Tribal-State Gaming Compacts

Indian Country Awaits 9th Circuit’s En Banc Rehearing in Big Lagoon Case

In January, a split 9th Circuit panel shocked Indian Country with its holding in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California that the State’s failure to negotiate in good faith for a tribal-state gaming compact with the Big Lagoon...more

7/1/2014 - BIA En Banc Review Gaming Indian Gaming Indian Gaming Regulation Act Indian Tribal Trusts Tribal Lands

Glendale City Council Softens Stance on Tohono O’Odham Casino

After years of losses in court and an estimated $3 million in legal fees, the Glendale, Arizona City Council appeared to ease its opposition to the location of an Indian casino in Glendale within the Phoenix metropolitan area...more

4/16/2014 - Casinos Gambling

Gaming Legal News - March 2014 • Volume 7, Number 8

In This Issue: - CASINO LOCATION IMPACTS LONG-TERM SUCCESS: Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California,...more

3/31/2014 - Casinos Gambling Gaming

The Hualapai Grand Canyon Disputes Continue

The Hualapai (pronounced wah-lah-pie) Tribe has about 2,300 members, 1,300 of whom live on the Tribe’s northwest Arizona reservation. The enormous reservation borders the Colorado River and includes portions of the West Rim...more

2/12/2014 - Contract Drafting Forum Selection Clause Indigenous Peoples Native American Issues Sovereign Immunity Tribal Economic Development Projects Tribal Lands

Gaming Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 7, Number 3

In This Issue: - BULGARIA ADOPTS NEW GAMBLING TAX REGIME: - by Nadya Hambach, LL.M (Velchev & Co.): Bulgaria has a new gambling taxation regime effective January 1, 2014, which, together with the...more

1/28/2014 - EU Gambling Gaming

Chaudhuri Appointed to National Indian Gaming Commission

On September 4, 2013, Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, was appointed to a three-year term as Associate Commissioner, and on October 28, he was designated Acting Chairman of the...more

12/18/2013 - Gambling Gaming Indian Gaming NIGC

Gaming Legal News - November 2013 • Volume 6, Number 26

In This Issue: - CHAUDHURI APPOINTED TO NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION: On September 4, 2013, Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, was appointed to a three-year term as...more

11/25/2013 - Casinos Gambling Gaming NIGC

The Illusion of Federal Jurisdiction in Tribal Contracts

Contracts with Indian tribes should specify a venue for disputes arising from those agreements. A common mistake for attorneys drafting agreements involving tribes is to assume that federal courts automatically have subject...more

11/20/2013 - Federal Jurisdiction Subject Matter Jurisdiction Tribal Lands

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 23

In This Issue: - WAR GAMES IN WISCONSIN (2013 STYLE): Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues...more

10/30/2013 - Casinos Gambling Gaming Gaming Commissions Indian Gaming

States and Consumers Battle Tribal Payday Lenders

The tribal payday lending business finds itself facing a flurry of class action lawsuits and state crackdowns painting the lenders as loan sharks preying upon vulnerable consumers with usurious rates and fees. The tribal...more

10/23/2013 - Payday Loans Predatory Lending Tribal Lands

Gaming Legal News - August 27, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 18

In This Issue: - “RESERVATION SHOPPING” CIRCA 2013: The term “reservation shopping” has been coined by various anticasino groups, some local governments, and even some gaming tribes to disparage efforts of...more

8/30/2013 - Gambling Gaming Tribal Lands

Gaming Legal News - July 24, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 16

In This Issue: - THE GRATON GODZILLA INVADES SAN FRANCISCO BAY: The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribe is on track to soon open its huge casino and resort in Rohnert Park, California, at a site adjacent...more

7/26/2013 - Casinos Gambling Gaming Commissions Indian Gaming

Gaming Legal News - June 26, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 14

In This Issue: - TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP REVOCATIONS: DIALING FOR DOLLARS? Over the past several years, there have been a series of publicized tribal enrollment revocations of enrolled members – including former...more

6/28/2013 - Casinos Gambling NIGC SCOTUS Tribal Governments Tribal Lands

Gaming Legal News - May 23, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 12

In This Issue: - NINTH CIRCUIT DEMANDS INTERIOR EXPLAIN GLENDALE TRUST DECISION: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has required the Secretary of the Interior to reconsider a decision to accept an...more

5/28/2013 - Casinos Department of the Interior Gambling Revenue Tribal Lands

Gaming Legal News - April 24, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 11

In This Issue: - THE MASSACHUSETTS MUDDLE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE MASHPEE WAMPANOAG? The Mashpee Wampanoag casino project planned for the town of Taunton in southeastern Massachusetts received a major...more

4/26/2013 - Casinos Certifications Compliance Final Rules Gaming Commissions Indian Gaming Licenses Native American Issues New Regulations

Gaming Legal News - March 27, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 8

In This Issue: - NEGOTIATING DISPUTE RESOLUTION WITH INDIAN TRIBES: DON’T DO IT ALONE: Indian tribes enjoy sovereign immunity from civil suits arising from contractual relationships, even if the contracts are...more

3/29/2013 - Gaming Indian Gaming Sovereign Immunity

Gaming Legal News - February 28, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 6

In This Issue: - LATEST TRIBAL GAMING REVENUE REPORT: “TRIBAL GAMING IMPROVES DESPITE SLUGGISH ECONOMY”: The annual “Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report” was released nationally on Wednesday, and the...more

3/4/2013 - Arbitration Indian Gaming Indian Gaming Regulation Act Revenue Sharing Tribal-State Gaming Compacts

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