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Steve on the Mashpee Clearing One More Hurdle

Feb 13 2013

The Mashpee Wampanoag have received a favorable preliminary advisory opinion from the Interior Department -- one more hurdle cleared in their race toward a casino in Taunton, MA.

Interior finds that the lands that tribe is asking to be acquired in trust would qualify as the Tribe's "initial reservation" under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).

Catching Up on Some Media Appearances

Dec 28 2012
What with the end of the fall semester, final exams, and an upcoming state legislative session (not to mention the Las Vegas Rock-n-Roll Marathon!), we've fallen a little behind on our blog posts.

Let's catch up on some media appearances in December.

Steve is quoted fairly extensively with a link to our Institute in The New Republic online at Lydia DePillis, “Bad Odds: Online Gaming Would Only Widen Tribal Inequality,” The New Republic (online), Dec. 12, 2012.  Here's an excerpt:

Steve Quoted in WSJ

Nov 13 2012
Steve is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article on intertribal competition for casino markets, Tribes Clash Over Gambling

Here's a short excerpt from the article:

"Until recently, there was peace among Oregon's nine tribes, largely because no single tribe has a casino near Portland. All told, the nine tribes take in around $500 million in annual revenue from casinos. The largest player—the Grand Ronde's Spirit Mountain property—earns an estimated $50 million annually, and disperses about $3,000 annually to around 5,000 tribe members as a per capita dividend.

Good Information Gleaned from Interior Dep't

Nov 2 2012
As we mentioned last time, we were fortunate to participate in MSU College of Law's symposium on "off-reservation" gaming.  One of the presenters, Bryan Newland, provided the audience with some very valuable insights on the Interior Department's approach to gaming on newly acquired lands and Class III compact approval.

More From the MSU Conference

Oct 30 2012
Earlier this month, the Michigan State University College of Law's Indigenous Law&Policy Center hosted a symposium on "off-reservation" Indian gaming in Michigan.  Besides our presentation (see our prior post), the conference also featured a keynote address by former NIGC Chair Phil Hogen.  Hogen gave a detailed and highly informed overview of the Interior Department's policies and practices related to tribal gaming on newly acquired lands.  He also opined about Romney's and Obama's familiarity with and stance on Native American issues.

Steve & Kathryn's Presentation at MSU Off-Reservation Gaming Symposium

Oct 26 2012
We've just returned from the 9th Annual Indigenous Law Conference at the Michigan State University College of Law.  This year's symposium focused on "off-reservation" gaming.  Our presentation, titled "'Off-Reservation' Gaming--A New Gamble, or the Same Stakes?", focused on the big picture of tribal gaming on newly acquired lands, particularly the "best interests" or "two-part determination" exception.  We also tied Carcieri and Patchak, as well as the upcoming presidential election, to the future of tribal applications to build casinos on new trust lands.  Interested in our presentation?  We'll be happy to share an abstract.

Kathryn Quoted in Fresno Bee

Oct 3 2012
Kathryn is quoted in this Fresno Bee article on the legal challenges to the North Fork Mono Indians casino project.  A rare example of a casino approved under the "best interests" exception, the North Fork casino gained Interior Secretary approval last year, and California Governor Jerry Brown's approval in August.  Similar approval was given in the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria.  Now, opponents are exploring lawsuits to halt, delay, or bankrupt both projects.