Indian Gaming Now

Archive - 2007

March 31st

Different Eggs, Different Baskets

Mar 31 2007
At the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual meeting last week, discussed here, NIGA Chair Ernie Stevens addressed a growing trend among tribes: economic diversification. Tribal governments are using gaming revenue to leverage all sorts of economic development opportunities, both on and off the reservation, that have nothing to do with gaming.

March 27th

Restored Tribe, Restored Indian Lands: The Latest Lawsuit from California

Mar 27 2007
Last week, Amador County, California, sued to block the BIA determination that the Ione Band of Miwok Indians are a "restored" tribe with some 228 acres of restored Indian lands near the town of Plymouth. Why would the county get involved in a land determination?

March 21st


Mar 21 2007
This op-ed in the Albuquerque Tribune claims that tribal regulation of casinos is “like Donald Trump regulating the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.”

Not quite, of course.

March 16th

Indian Gaming and Sports

Mar 16 2007
The Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut made headlines when it used casino revenue to acquire a professional sports team last November, when the 1,700-member tribe became the first non-NBA owner of a WNBA team with its $10 million purchase of the Orlando Miracle.

What other tribes are using casino revenue to enter the world of professional sports? Read USA Today's recent coverage here.

March 7th

Kathryn Appears on "Justice Talking"

Mar 7 2007
This week, "Justice Talking," a public radio show hosted by NPR correspondent Margot Adler, covers "Casino Gambling -- The Answer for Cash-Strapped States?" Listen to the nationally broadcast show, which includes an interview with Kathryn, through this link:

March 5th

The Jamul Tribe and Another Casino in San Diego County? Steve’s Quoted Here

Mar 5 2007
The Jamul Indian tribe plans to build a $350 million, 12-story casino in Jamul. Two members of the small tribe are opposed, partly on the grounds that they believe they represent “the true Jamul Indian tribe,” and partly because the proposed casino will be built atop their homes, as well as on a tribal burial ground. They’ve filed several lawsuits in an attempt to block the casino, while non-Indian citizens’ groups also have formed and mobilized in opposition.

March 2nd

Interview with NIGA Chair

Mar 2 2007
For some intriguing insights and observations, see Indian Country Today's final installment in its three-part interview with Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. Click here. Stevens is a key spokesperson for the industry and for tribes. Keep in mind he represents an interest group –- but one comprised of governments.