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Pojoaque’s Plan to Seek an Imposed Contract: Is Interior’s Process Consistent with IGRA?

The Pueblo of Pojoaque needs a new Class III gaming compact by June 2015 in order to continue operating its casinos which are located north of Santa Fe. However, the Pueblo objected to the financial concessions being demanded...more

CFPB highlights collaboration with tribal governments

A recent CFPB blog post warning Native Americans receiving payments from the settlement in Cobell v. Salazar that they could be targeted by scammers also highlights the CFPB’s collaboration with tribal governments....more

Gaming Legal News - December 20, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 28

In This Issue: - Indian Gaming Issues To Watch In 2013 - Will The Ex Parte Young Doctrine Swallow Tribal Sovereign Immunity Whole? - Detroit Casinos’ November Revenues Decrease From Save Month Last Year: Michigan...more

The Department of the Interior Issues New Rules Regulating the Leasing of Tribal Lands

New regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) applicable to tribal leases will have far reaching impacts on businesses, particularly renewable energy projects, utilizing tribal lands....more

Droit Autochtone – Ententes récentes entre le gouvernement du Québec et les peuples autochtones

Septembre 2012 — Une entente importante a été signée au cours de l’été entre le Gouvernement du Québec et les Cris relativement à la gouvernance du territoire de la Baie-James. ENTENTE SUR LA GOUVERNANCE DU TERRITOIRE...more

US iGaming expansion

Originally published in World Online Gambling Law Report - September 2012. IGaming Update - More than twenty five years ago, gaming in the United States faced a conundrum as Indian Tribes and States debated the legality...more

Gaming Legal News - September 27, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 20

In This Issue: - AT LONG LAST, TRIBAL i-GAMING IS ON! (WELL, SORT OF….) by Dennis J. Whittlesey: Over the past several years, a major topic of discussion at virtually every gaming conference in the United States...more

Aboriginal Law - Recent agreements between the Government of Quebec and Aboriginal People:

September 2012 — An important agreement between the Government of Quebec and the Crees was signed over the course of the summer regarding the governance of the James Bay Territory. AGREEMENT ON GOVERNANCE IN THE EEYOU...more

The Revised Equator Principles Call on Companies to Seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Next up: Governments?

The new draft Equator Principles reflect and build upon the IFC Performance Standards’ requirement that companies obtain the free, prior, and informed consent ("FPIC") of indigenous peoples for development projects. This...more

Gaming Legal News - July 25, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 18

In This Issue: - THE CARCIERI CHALLENGE: PROVING “UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION [AS OF 1934]” by Dennis J. Whittlesey: The June 18 Supreme Court ruling in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band (“Gun Lake Band”) v. Patchak...more

Gaming Legal News - June 29 2012 • Volume 5, Number 16: The Gun Lake Decision: What Does It Mean For Indian Gaming?

By this time, everyone with an interest in gaming, is aware of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered in the case of Match-EBe-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak. The Tribe is commonly known as the...more

Gaming Legal News - June 21, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 15

In This Issue: - BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! Supreme Court Allows Challenge to Gun Lake Tribal Casino to Proceed Forward: On Monday, June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the closely watched...more

Internet Gaming and Indian Country: The Trends and the Strategies

Excerpts of chapter that first appeared in Inside the Minds: Emerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations (2012 Edition) published by Aspatore Books. Excerpts reprinted with permission. For most of the twentieth century,...more

Gaming Legal News - May 24, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 13

In this issue: - Graton’s Never-Ending Battle To Develop Gaming The Graton Rancheria was federally recognized as an Indian tribe on December 27, 2000, by an Act of Congress. The Tribe has been continuously pursuing...more

US I-Gaming Policy Brief : State/Territory I-Gaming Legislation/Regulatory Efforts

CALIFORNIA SB 1463, sponsored by Senators Wright and Steinberg, would provide for the licensure, regulation and taxation of Internet gambling, with licensees initially restricted to authorized poker games; additional...more

Glossary of Indian Tribal Finance Terminology

Introduction Discussions about borrowing money can be confusing. Bankers, lawyers and other industry professionals use terminology that is widely understood within the business but which is not a part of everyday...more

White Earth Tribe Proposes Metro Casino to Fund New Stadium

Today the White Earth Tribe announced a proposed partnership with the state to construct a casino in the Metro area to fund a new Vikings stadium. The casino would be operated in equal partnership with the State of...more

The 2012 IFC Performance Standard on Indigenous Peoples: What's the Fuss?

The new IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards -- in particular, Performance Standard 7 on indigenous peoples -- present a range of management and operational challenges for certain companies. For the first...more

Gaming Legal News - December 15, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 37

IN THIS ISSUE: - Request for Proposal for an Internet Gaming Operator Issued in Ontario by Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. and Kevin J. Weber - MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD SET FOR MAJOR CHANGES IN 2012 by Robert W....more

Gaming Legal News - December 8, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 36

In This Issue: - NORTHWEST GAMING LAW SUMMIT FOCUSES ON INDIAN COUNTRY by Robert W. Stocker II The 9th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit held in Seattle last Thursday and Friday was well attended by...more

Gaming Legal News: September 28, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 29

In this issue: INTERNET GAMING IN D.C. – A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN? Internet gaming in the District of Columbia continues to face setbacks that signify it is unlikely to commence anytime soon. Events occurring...more

Gaming Legal News: September 8, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 27

Seventh Circuit to Lac Du Flambeau: "They Can't Touch You" Lac du Flambeau can continue its casino operations without facing any liability for its $46.6 million bond default two years ago. The bondholder still has some...more

Gaming Legal News - July 13, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 21

In This Issue: - INTRASTATE GAMING LEGISLATION UPDATE by Robert W. Stocker II - THE RINCON DECISION AND WHY IT MATTERS by Dennis J. Whittlesey - DETROIT CASINOS’ JUNE REVENUES INCREASE FROM SAME MONTH LAST...more

Gaming Legal News - May 26, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 17/18

In This Issue: - NEWLY RECOGNIZED AND SEARCHING FOR A CASINO LOCATION ON LONG ISLAND by Dennis J. Whittlesey - WHAT IS OKLAHOMA DOING TO ITS NATIVE AMERICAN POPULATION? by Dennis J. Whittlesey Excerpt from...more

Richmond Casino Case: How Early Is Too Early for CEQA?

In Parchester Village Neighborhood Council v. City of Richmond, the California Court of Appeal recently held that the City of Richmond’s decision to enter into a Municipal Services Agreement (MSA) with a Native American tribe...more

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