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September 29th

Steve Quoted on John McCain in Sunday's NYT

Sep 29 2008
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the New York Times ran a front-page story with the headline, "For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling."

Steve is the lead quote for the story:

"One of the founding fathers of Indian gaming" is what Steven Light, a University of North Dakota professor and a leading Indian gambling expert, called Mr. McCain.”

September 23rd

Gambling Law Symposium at Drake

Sep 23 2008
On September 12, we participated in the Gambling Law Symposium at Drake University Law School, co-sponsored by the International Masters of Gaming Law . As is typical for IMGL events, the symposium was packed with highly interesting and useful information, both from the "view from 36,000 feet" of academics and the "on the ground" perspective of gaming law practitioners and regulators.

September 18th

Starts and Stops in Massachusetts

Sep 18 2008
In early September, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sent a formal request to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to initiate Class III compact negotiations. The request relates to the Tribe's proposal for a $1 billion resort casino in Middleborough, where the tribe currently is working to have land placed in trust by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

September 10th

We're Off to Drake Law School

Sep 10 2008
We're off to the Drake Law Review/IMGL Gambling Law Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. This should be an interesting gathering, with high-powered gaming attorneys, policymakers, and even a few professor-types like ourselves.

We'll follow up next week with our sense of how it all went down. Also, we'll have to post something on starts and stops in Massachusetts!

Violence and Gaming in Riverside County

Sep 10 2008
The New York Times reported on violence on the Soboba Band's reservation in southern California, fueled, according to the tribe, by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Since December 2007, five tribal members have been killed in shoot-outs with the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department claims that crime has risen dramatically on the reservation since 2006, when the tribe cancelled its contract with the Sheriff's Department to provide law enforcement.

September 8th

Abramoff Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

Sep 8 2008
On Thursday, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in prison for tax violations and corruption offenses.

September 2nd

Another Challenge to NIGC's Indian Lands Determination

Sep 2 2008
In Iowa, the state Attorney General has filed suit in federal court to stop the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska from operating gaming in Carter Lake, IA.