Indian Gaming Now


December 3rd, 2010

Sen. Feinstein Attracting Criticism for Carcieri Amendment

Dec 3 2010
We reported earlier on an amendment to the much-needed Carcieri fix that would limit gaming on newly acquired lands by adding further requirements for the land-into-trust process.  The amendment, championed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is garnering much criticism from tribes.

November 27th

Support for a "Clean" Carcieri Fix

Nov 27 2010
We've been saying for some time now that the politics of off-reservation gaming are muddying the waters of the Carcieri fix.  Over a year ago, North Dakota's own Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced a bill to fix the U.S.

November 23rd

Settlement in New York: Is a Cross-Border Casino Next?

Nov 23 2010
New York Governor David Paterson announced a settlement agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin.  The tribe had claimed some 23,000 acres of land in Madison County in New York state, and the governor agreed to give the tribe 330 acres in another county, Sullivan County, to settle the claim.  The plan is for the tribe to open a casino on the Sullivan Country property.

So is it a done deal?  We say no -- far from it.  Here's what has to happen:

November 17th

An Interesting Critique and Call for Reform

Nov 17 2010
In the latest issue of Casino Enterprise Management, former NIGC attorney Richard Schiff lays out the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Seminole Tribe (Seminole Tribe v. Florida, 517 U.S. 44 (1996)), as well as the CRIT case out of the D.C. Circuit (Colorado River Indian Tribes v. NIGC, 466 F.3d 134 (DC Cir. 2006)) on federal regulation of Indian gaming.  The article, provocatively titled, "The Illusion of Regulation in the Indian Gaming Industry," calls for Congress to "fix" Seminole and CRIT.

November 6th

More From Michigan

Nov 6 2010
Coverage in the Detroit Free Press indicates that the state was "caught off guard" by the new Bay Mills Resort Casino in Vanderbilt, Michigan.  The tribe has purchased more land along the St. Clair River in Port Huron, and may open another casino there.  And the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has purchased land in Wayne County.

State officials are planning to meet with Bay Mills officials this coming week.  Local officials in Vanderbilt are supportive, anticipating positive economic impacts.

November 3rd

Off-Reservation Casino in Michigan?

Nov 3 2010
Local news in Michigan has reported the opening of an off-reservation casino by the Bay Mills Indian Community.  The tribe purchased some 45 acres of property in Northern Michigan, ostensibly for elk hunting.  The property includes the 1200-square foot "Welcome Center" of a former resort, which is now reportedly operating as a casino (or at least a slot room).  According to reports, the tribe has not sought to take the land into trust.

The tribe has issued a press release confirming the opening and operation of the "Vanderbilt casino," referencing tribal "off-reservation treaty rights" related to hunting in the Vanderbilt area.

October 28th

Kathryn Quoted on Gov. Riley's Efforts to Close Tribal Casinos

Oct 28 2010
As we posted yesterday, Alabama Governor Riley is working to shut down tribal casinos for failure to comply with the state law prohibition against electronic bingo.  Kathryn's quoted in an article in Gambling Compliance, "Alabama Crackdown Shifts Focus to Tribal Casinos."

Maybe we should extend our offer for a crash course on tribal sovereignty and Indian gaming law to the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Robert Bently . . . .