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CTBA Political e-Brief Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"STN satisfies all of the criteria for federal acknowledgement, however it continues to be unfairly denied the benefits of healthcare, housing, educational programs, economic diversification opportunities and, especially, the national sovereignty that is enjoyed by two other Connecticut Tribes who have both vowed to me personally that they would not hinder our efforts to reclaim our federal recognition." Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief, in PR News Wire.---“Today, more than a decade after the Board’s initial foray onto Indian reservations, the law in this area is—to put it charitably—a mess,” Paul Clement, Representative of the Soaring Eagle Casino, in the National Law Journal.

 


California tribe remains optimistic for new casino despite setbacks (CA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 27, 2016) In California, the Big Sandy Rancheria Of Mono Indians is not giving up on its decade-long dream of building a new casino near the small town of Friant despite failing in a recent attempt to have an off-reservation parcel of land brought into its tribal boundaries.
Expansion Project In The Works For Aqueduct Casino (NY—Tribal Casino)
Paulick Report (June 27, 2016) Genting New York, which operates the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct, plans to break ground later this year on an expansion project that will add space for additional entertainment, retail, and gambling areas.
Alabama tribe expanding gambling to Louisiana, Nevada (AL—Tribal Gaming)
Washington Post (June 27, 2016) The Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians is expanding its casino business into Louisiana and Nevada. The band’s PCI Gaming Authority has struck a deal to buy Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, near Shreveport. That deal is subject to approval by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
A Statement By Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky On Today's New York Times Story (NY—Tribal Gaming)
PR Newswire (June 27, 2016) By shining a national spotlight on how the State of Connecticut has blatantly and shamelessly manipulated the system against the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN) for nearly three centuries, the New York Times is acting in the best tradition of journalism.
A Connecticut Tribe Fights for Recognition, and a Piece of the Casino Industry (NY—Tribal Gaming)
New York Times (June 27, 2016) In Connecticut, two Indian tribes, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots, years ago built shiny monuments to American capitalism in the form of their casinos, which have made them extraordinarily wealthy.
Expansion Of Online Gambling And The Effect On Communities (CA—Online Gaming)
Casinos Report (June 27, 2016) For casino operators, floor space is revenue. If a casino game isn’t performing well, it is either replaced or moved to another area. And in most casinos, the slot machine is the biggest money maker for casinos, so it’s no surprise to find them in any casino.
Gameaccount Gets Fined For Out Of State Bets By The New Jersey Division Of Gaming Enforcement (NJ—Gaming Regulation)
Casino Report (June 27, 2016) Who would have thought that a few small bets accepted out of state would result in a huge fine? This is exactly what happened to GameAccount! The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement fined GameAccount network $25,000 for accepting a few small out of state bets.
SinglePoint, Inc. Announces Senate Approval of Daily Fantasy Sports Bill (WA—Fantasy Sports)
Market Wired (June 27, 2016) - SinglePoint Inc. (OTC: SING) is thrilled to announce that the New York Senate has approved a bill toward Governor Cuomo's signature. The law becomes immediately effective upon signature and Cuomo is expected to sign within 10 days from receiving the bill, which was approved at 3pm EDT, Friday, June 17th.
PA House Panel Passes Breeding Fund Revisions (PA—Horse Racing)
Blood Horse (June 27, 2016) Legislation that would change the parameters of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Breeding Fund cleared a House of Representatives committee June 27. The bill, which heads to the floor of the full House of Representatives, passed on a party-line vote; fourteen Republicans on the committee approved it, nine Democrats voted against it, and four members didn't vote.
Tribal Casino Operators Ride Dizzying Legal Roller-Coaster (US—Court Case)
Calvinayre (June 27, 2016) Tribes were in for a two-front legal battle these past few days – one of which involves a gaming pact with the California state government while the other tackled the debate on whether National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has authority over Native American enterprises on tribal land.
U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Tribal Casino Labor Case (US—Court Case)
The National Law Journal (June 27, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether the National Labor Relations Board has authority over Native American enterprises on tribal land, refusing to wade into a debate that has divided federal appeals courts and carries implications for thousands of casino workers.
Video Game Developer Facing Gambling Lawsuit (US—Court Case)
Gambling Insider (June 2, 2016) Valve, the company behind popular video games including Counterstrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Half-Life is facing a lawsuit over “illegal gambling”, per video gaming news website Polygon.