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CTBA Political e-Brief Monday, May 9, 2016

"They are a tribe that depended on the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund for 20 years, and the first chance they get, they jettison everybody else,” John Peebles, Chukchansi tribal lawyer, in the Fresno Bee.---“We proposed to abide by the state ratification process, which includes consultation with and approval by the Legislature, but the mediator chose a process that is inconsistent with the state constitution and the right to referenda,” Gareth Lacy, spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, in the Fresno Bee.


New North Fork Casino Compact Would Exempt It From Tribal Payments (CA—Tribal Casino)
FresnoBee (May 8, 2016) The North Fork Mono Indians, who have tried for years to build a casino at a 305-acre site near Madera, have a new proposed gaming compact awaiting approval from federal Department of the Interior officials that could finally launch the project. But opponents say that new compact would give the North Fork tribe a multimillion-dollar break.
Airport Must Guard Position In Casino Talks (CT—Tribal Casino)
Courant (May 8, 2016) Over the past few weeks, a number of parochial interests have called for the Connecticut Airport Authority to publicly disclose the terms of ongoing business negotiations between the authority and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes regarding the potential development of a gaming facility at Bradley International Airport.
Oregon’s Gambling Double Standard (OR—Tribal Casino)
Oregon Business Report (May 9, 2016) Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. What she actually means is she’s opposed to more gambling if it’s not run by state government.
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Set For Rebrand Completion This June (OH—Casino Expansion)
World Casino Directory (May 8, 2016) This June, the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati will be closing for a short time frame to complete the rebranding process to a Jack Entertainment property. Regulators of the state do not have an exact timeline in place but have reported that the venue will be changing everything during the rebranding process,
Inside Michigan Online Poker Bill SB 889 (MI—Online Gaming)
FlushDraw (May 8, 2016) The recent introduction of and online-poker regulatory bill in the Michigan Legislature may have surprised many casual industry observers and poker players, though the state has long been part of a group of US states where legalizing some form off intrastate online poker has always been a reasonable possibility.
U.S. Horse Racing Faces Uneasy Future (US—Horse Racing)
Albany Harold (May 8, 2016) A year after American Pharoah became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown, U.S. thoroughbred racing officials have struggled to build on that excitement or agree on whether the sport needs a commissioner to rein in its disparate players.
Nevada Sports Betting Could Be A $5 Billion Industry (NV—Fantasy Sports)
Review Journal (May 8, 2016) In the late 1970s, as Jimmy Vaccaro tells the story, there were times when ticket writers in Strip sports books would fall asleep behind the counter because there was so little action. And that was Super Bowl week.
Illinois Sports: The Chief is Dead. Get Over It. (IL—Tribal Mascots)
Writing Illini (May 8, 2016) This isn’t about whether the Chief was a symbol of respect to Native American culture, and specifically the Illini Tribe, or a rude and insensitive caricature of an otherwise complicated and proud people. None of that matters anymore.
Haskell Commencement Speaker Took On Redskins, Urges Graduates To Stand Up For Indigenous Peoples (KA—Tribal Mascots)
LJworld (May 8, 2016) Amanda Blackhorse is known nationwide as the woman leading the legal fight to change the name of the Washington Redskins pro football team. This week in Lawrence, she told the Haskell community that even American Indian schools should start questioning whether their own mascots reflect the way they want to be seen by others.
Tribal Band Reclaims Land Stewardship (CA—Tribal News)
Santa Cruz Sentinel (May 8, 2016) Amah Mutsun, an indigenous people of the central coast, the land was never ‘theirs.’ They didn’t think of the land as belonging to anyone. Blessed to live along the central coast and eastward, they belonged to the land. Now, after centuries of cultural upheaval, they’re learning to recover their roles as the land’s stewards.
Two Of State’s Largest Tribes Announce Exit From Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AZ—Tribal News)
World Casino Directory (May 8, 2016) The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) two of the largest tribes in Arizona, announced that they would no longer be a part of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) due to the group’s lack of voice regarding the construction of the Desert Diamond Casino Resort.
North Dakota Tribes Work To Form Tribal Tourism Association (ND—Native News)
Wahpeton Daily News (May 9, 2016) American Indian tribes in North Dakota plan to band together and seek state funding to promote tourism on reservations. Tribes want visitors to North Dakota to experience the whole state, including Native American culture.