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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Cross-border Internet gaming operations have caused uncertainty with gaming regulators regarding the legality of Internet gaming operations of their licensees in foreign jurisdictions and how those activities should be considered when evaluating suitability for licensure.” New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck in PokerSites.com --- “A few years ago some may have thought this resort would be an eyesore. What we have built has become the Taj Mahal of Rohnert Park, while providing jobs and utilizing the skilled craftsmanship of nearly 100 California-based companies. Hotel construction started in September of 2015, so we are about half way to the grand opening.” Greg Sarris, tribal chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and owner of the resort, in The North Bay Business Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 26, 2016

“Students have been fined and not allowed to graduate because of a feather. We are not doing this to be disrespectful. We just want to show pride, and we should be allowed to celebrate our heritage.” Sophia John, reigning Coushatta Tribal princess and senior at Elton High School, which reversed its decision on allowing Native American students to wear eagle feathers during graduation, in The Times Picayune --- “This comes from a need to serve our Latino community. But regular bingo players have also been playing, so we’ve had a neat integration of cultures.” Station Casino spokeswoman Rosana Romero on hosting lotería bingo games, in The Las Vegas Sun

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 25, 2016

“California counties fully respect tribal sovereignty. But we also want to have a seat at the table when decisions that impact counties are being made. The current system doesn't allow for a lot of local government input when decisions are being made. Counties not only lose revenue when these lands are removed from local property tax rolls, but there are often increased costs associated with the new land use.” Spokesman for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Greg Fishman, in Pechanga.net --- “Two months ago, U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley ruled the state acted in bad faith when it failed to approve a compact with the tribe and gave the parties 60 days to come up with one. In a filing Thursday, the state and the tribe said they ‘have failed to conclude a compact’ by the April 18 deadline for Fire Mountain Casino, and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires a mediator be appointed when a compact is not reached within the limit.” Harold Kruger, in Appeal Democrat

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, April 22, 2016

“Through our nation-to-nation engagement with tribal governments, we are fulfilling the Obama administration's steadfast commitment to strengthening tribal sovereignty.” Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor said in a statement this week about the federal land buy-back program, in The Desert Sun --- “I strongly believe states should be allowed to enact their own marijuana laws, and have consistently supported attempts to ensure federal laws do not interfere with them. I’m also an ardent supporter of tribal sovereignty, which is why I introduced this bill forbidding the federal government from considering marijuana production, possession, or sale as an adverse factor when disbursing federal funds.” U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill prohibiting the federal government from denying federal dollars to a tribe because of their marijuana policy, in The Daily Cardinal --- “The Court finds that with the creation of this Trust, governed by community leaders with relevant expertise, the process for distributing those funds will be fair, reasonable, and adequate.” U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan approved the creation of what is expected to become the largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers, in The Washington Post

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 21, 2016

“We’ve been very careful not to get involved with anything that will put the tribe in danger. I always thought that Mayor Pougnet did some good things for the city, and I had no idea about all these other things. I still don’t know what’s going on, and the tribe does not deal with those kinds of things. We’re far removed from it.” Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman Jeff Grubbe said of former Mayor Steve Pougnet and the current federal investigation of him and the city of Palm Springs, in the CV Independent --- “It's really hard, if not impossible, to fix a fantasy sports contest. You can't get one player to throw more touchdowns than the other team, and even if you did it would only be one of your 12 guys and you're going against lots of opponents and what players they have. The complexities are crazy, so it's not a one-to-one compared to gambling, therefore it needs its own regulatory structure.” Peter Schoenke, president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, in the Chicago Tribune

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“We want as little government intrusion on things like this as possible, but in this case it is a billion-dollar industry, and it’s just taking off. There should be some type of oversight just to make sure that things don’t get out of hand and it does not violate any laws that we have.” Tennessee state Sen. Ed Jackson, R-Jackson, said of the state’s Fantasy Sports Tax Act, in WBBJ “As betting on sports becomes more popular each year—a record $132.5 million was wagered legally in Nevada while more than $4 billion was bet illegally — sports fans overwhelmingly want the prohibition to end.” AGA President Geoff Freeman said in anticipation of federal briefing held today on regulating the sports betting industry, in Legal Sports Report

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 19, 2016

“This $76 million expansion of the Gun Lake Casino will be a significant economic benefit, by providing more employment and career opportunities to many people in our community and possible greater revenue distribution from payments in lieu of taxes to the affected area local governments.” Michigan’s Hopkins Township Supervisor Mark Evans, in Michigan Live --- “Harmful stereotypes affect students' lives, day in, day out.” William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and an Oglala-Sicangu Lakota, said of Colorado’s efforts to eliminate Native American mascots, in SF Gate

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 18, 2016

“Basically, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act specifically says that tribes must put casinos on ancestor land. It was a way so tribes didn't just put casinos everywhere. It's such a complicated issue, and it's not black and white. Only the Bureau of Indian Affairs has the decision power to say yea or nay." Cow Creek spokesperson Susan Ferris said it's their contention that the Coquille Tribe has violated language in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, in The World “The reason Cleveland won't get rid of Chief Wahoo, which is completely indefensible, is they could still sell stuff with it. They can say they're gonna de-emphasize it, but they're not just gonna set money on fire, so yeah, I just thought [the shirt] was the exact same thing, and I could see the value in the design, so I was like, hey, we might as well give this a run.” ESPN sports journalist Bomani Jones, who appeared on ESPN wearing a “Caucuasians” tee-shirt parodying Cleveland’s controversial Cleveland Indians logo, in Cleveland.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, April 15, 2016

“It’s literally millions of dollars, it’s a complete crapshoot and it’s frankly – more importantly – an insult to tribal sovereignty.” Adam Day, Sycuan’s assistant tribal manager and lobbyist, said of Sycuan’s access to water resources, in the Voice of San Diego “NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his belief that federal regulations are needed for a future he believes will include expanded legalized sports betting in the United States.” David Pudum said of the Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade’s plans to hold a May 11th hearing on daily fantasy sports, in ESPN

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 14, 2016

“This is a phenomenon growing in Iowa, and this is a way to regulate it. This does a lot to clear up problems we had been hearing about. We think that this is a good bill and it provides a strong regulatory framework and fair contests for Iowans to participate in.” Iowa Sen. William Dotzler, D-Waterloo, who chairs the subcommittee that approved a state regulatory framework bill for daily fantasy sports, in The Des Moines Register --- “We decided we're gonna celebrate those champions and put a lot of emphasis on creating a special event. So then, we thought, 'Where can we highlight that, the celebratory aspect of it?' Seminole Hard Rock was at the top of the list.” World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska on the decision to hold the championship at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida, in SouthFlorida.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, April 13, 2016

“The situation PokerStars is now facing has bolstered the company’s detractors, evidenced by tribal lobbyist David Quintana’s statement to veteran California gaming reporter Dave Palermo, in which Quintana said, ‘Now they [Amaya/PokerStars] are even dirtier than we thought they were.’” Steve Ruddock in Online Poker Report --- “So-called ‘bad actor’ provisions were previously considered a moot point because PokerStars was licensed last year in New Jersey, but the charges against David Baazov last month have create a difficult hill to climb for the brand.” Brian Pempus in CardPlayer.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“Over in the Golden State, it appears that the allegations of insider trading leveled against Amaya CEO David Baazov have put a strain on ipoker regulation progress. A coalition of tribes fronted by Pechanga continue to push the “bad actor” issue, citing PokerStars’ involvement in the U.S. online poker market post-UIGEA as reason to keep the gaming giant out.” Charles Rettmuller in Poker Update --- “Prohibition, we've found in this country, doesn't work very well. It's certainly not working with sports betting. Let's begin to look at this, regulate it, bring some of the tax dollars that could be had back to the local communities and the states. Let's look at the ways of reinventing this (casino) industry by having good policy.” President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) Geoff Freeman in Trib Live --- “Those challenging the Mashpee have to prove a negative — that the tribe was not under federal jurisdiction in 1934 — and it’s very hard to prove a negative in the law. There’s a lot of ways to argue the tribe meets the requirements of the law, despite that Supreme Court case. And the tribe only needs one of them to work.” Dennis Whittlesey, a Washington DC lawyer who said that the Mashpee are acting reasonably in proceeding with the casino despite the lawsuit, in The Boston Globe

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 11, 2016

“San Manuel has deep concerns about these latest Amaya revelations. Our council is looking into this....” San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chair Lynn Valbuena said of allegations leveled by Canadian securities regulators against Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov, in Online Poker Report --- “If this were 2010, iPoker would be the thing. But it’s not. It’s 2016. If this were 2010 I would still be carrying around a 3-pound iPod.” California Tribal Lobbyist David Quintana, in Online Poker Report

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, April 8, 2016

“We use terms like self-determination and sovereignty in Indian Country and that's really what's important to a lot of tribes, including my own tribe. It's that ability to self-govern and to self-determine how we're going to handle our taxing and our business.” Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation tribal chairwoman Liana Onnen on the tribe’s autonomy in selling tobacco products without the state of Kansas’ intervention, in The Clay Center Dispatch --- “I would like to know what the (NIGC’s) position on these games are in this state — whether they are slot machines or something else — and why they are allowed to be played (in Alabama). There is some question in the statute about what is allowable under the law and what those games are classified as — slots or Class II gaming.” U.S. Attorney George Beck, who has requested clarification from Alabama’s governor and the NIGC on its position of electronic bingo games played in Alabama, in The Montgomery Advertiser --- “Operators know their customers and business concerns better than anyone. This is especially true in a new or emerging market. With that said, gaming regulators are experienced in creating a safe environment and level playing field. Operators and regulators working together is simply smart business. Everyone benefits.” Gabe Hunterton, CEO of the iTEAM Network on why gaming operators and regulators should work together on fantasy sports, in Legal Sports Report

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 7, 2016

“We think given the lay of the land here it’s time to take it to the next generation of adventure park. Elements of this are being built out on the East Coast, but nobody’s really done it holistically, and we think your location is perfect for that. We can leverage the casino meeting space, we can leverage the restaurants, and we can start to downsize some of the things we would typically build in the creation of a destination resort.” Tom Pientka, CEO of the engineering company Iconica, which is working on the Cherokee’s plan to build a one-of-a-kind family adventure park, in Smoky Mountain News --- “The Las Vegas Paiute Council spent over a year discussing their plans with government officials, lawyers, and cannabis industry experts, as well as making many visits to out-of-state medical marijuana dispensaries and farms. Ultra Health will help develop and manage the facilities, making this a lucrative opportunity that will help the development of the tribe. With fewer than 100 members, the tribe voted to carry out these plans with much enthusiasm which is something that would not have happened just a few short years ago.” Zoe Wilder on the Paiute’s proposed facility, which will be the largest medical marijuana facility in Nevada, with at least two dispensaries and three greenhouses, in Merry Jane

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