Indian Gaming Now


May 9th, 2007

Second-Class Sovereignty for Virginia Tribes?

May 9 2007
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. But federal recognition comes at a price: the bill conditions the tribes' recognition on their waiver of gaming rights.

May 3rd

“Reconsidering” a Compact: Indian Gaming and State Law

May 3 2007
In New York, the Oneida Indian Nation and the state missed the deadline to seek postponement of the Interior Department's reconsideration of the compact governing the operation of the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Casino and Resort. The compact was called into doubt after the New York Supreme Court ruled in a separate case that tribal-state gaming compacts must be ratified by the state legislature. Further complicating matters is the impact of the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in City of Sherrill v.

April 28th

Another Step Toward New Compacts in California

Apr 28 2007
Late last week, the California state Senate approved the new compacts for five tribes. (We discussed the politically fraught nature of those discussions in our April 9th post.) The compacts now will go before the Assembly, where labor unions and the horse-racing industry will continue to lobby for deals that protect their interests.

April 24th

Stevens Re-Elected as NIGA Chair

Apr 24 2007
Ernie Stevens, Jr., will serve a fourth two-year term as the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.

April 17th

Kathryn’s Quoted in the Miami Herald

Apr 17 2007
Kathryn provided background and commentary on tribal-state revenue sharing in the April 8th edition of the Miami Herald. Click here to read the article.

April 14th

Charitable and Civic Contributions in Minnesota

Apr 14 2007
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community reports it gave over $18 million to charitable and civic organizations in fiscal year 2006. The tribe made contributions to other tribes, education and youth programs, and various charities.

April 9th

Will There Be a Major Gaming Expansion in California?

Apr 9 2007
California lawmakers return from spring recess and on Tuesday will begin to consider a major expansion of casino-style gaming through proposed compacts that could change the political and economic fortunes of many throughout the state.

The compacts, if approved, would triple the number of slot machines from 10,000 to 32,500 for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.