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Tribe Files Suit to Block California Compact Referendum

The landmark ballot referendum proposing to reverse the California Legislature’s ratification of two off-reservation tribal casinos is being challenged in state court litigation seeking to block the referendum from appearing...more

Sixth Circuit Grants Stay in Lansing, Michigan, Off-Reservation Casino Case

In an order issued on February 24, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted a stay of its decision in State of Michigan v. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sixth Circuit Case No....more

Gaming Legal News - February 2014 • Volume 7, Number 5

In This Issue: - BREAKING NEWS: SIXTH CIRCUIT GRANTS STAY IN LANSING, MICHIGAN, OFF-RESERVATION CASINO CASE: In an order issued on February 24, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit...more

Compact Between Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick Approved by Default

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs allowed the 45-day review period to lapse without issuing a decision, thereby approving a compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick for a $500 million casino in...more

Top 10 Indian Tribal Tax Developments in 2013 and Priorities for 2014

In 2013, courts were active in issues relating to Indian tribes, including ruling on state tax matters and the federal income tax aspects of Section 17 corporations. The top 10 Indian tribal tax developments from 2013...more

Governor Appoints New Director of Arizona Department of Gaming; Agency Continues Enforcement Actions

On December 11, 2013, Governor Jan Brewer named Daniel Bergin as the new Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. Bergin had been serving as Acting Director of the Department since September, when former Director Mark...more

Federal Government Blocks International Online Gamblers, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Sue

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have filed suit against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell after the Department Interior blocked their effort to offer real-money online gaming to international customers....more

Aquinnah’s Long and Winding Road to Gaming May Have Hit the Ultimate Roadblock

Just when the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) appeared to have finally overcome decades of legal and political problems in its quest to develop gaming, a new problem has arisen, and this one may well insure that there...more

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

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 require unanimous agreement. However, Governor Scott Walker has...more

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

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

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

Minefield for the Unwary: Cautiously Optimistic Outlook on Online Gaming Expansion in the United States

Gaming operations in the United States have traditionally been supply-side driven. Sheldon Andelson, CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., recently analogized the industry to the movie Field of Dreams: If you build it,...more

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

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

Rohnert Park Approves Use of Eminent Domain for Street Widening

According to an article in the Press Democrat, Rohnert Park OKs eminent domain at site of future hotel, restaurant, the Rohnert Park City Council recently adopted a resolution of necessity authorizing the use of eminent...more

Bingo: Casino’s Federal License is A Shield Against Public Nuisance Claim

The State of Alabama filed suit on February 19, 2012, attempting to shut down four casinos it contends are illegal. Three Indian gambling centers and VictoryLand – one of the state’s largest racetracks and casinos and a...more

California Reintroduces Bill to Legalize Sports Betting

For the second year in a row, the California State Legislature will consider Senate Bill 190 to legalize sports betting within the state. Last year’s Senate Bill 1390 passed in the California State Senate, but stalled in...more

Gaming Legal News - January 24, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 3

In This Issue: - INDIAN COUNTRY AND OBAMA’S CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: In March, Ken Salazar will leave his well-appointed office at the helm of the Department of the Interior and return to Colorado,...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

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