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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, May 27, 2016

“This innovative research will provide new approaches to evaluate public health in underserved (Native American) areas.” Ron Curry, EPA regional administrator, in KRWG.---"We are excited about the partnership and pleased to create job opportunities for our Tribal members, as well as local residents.” Neil Mortimer, Washoe Tribal Chair, in PR Newswire.

 

Opening of Wa She Shu Casino Marks Landmark Tribal Gaming Partnership (NV—Tribal Casino)
PR NewsWire (May 26, 2016) The Washoe Tribe today opened its first gaming facility, the Wa She Shu Casino. This development is a unique tribe-to-tribe business relationship between the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Atmore, Alabama.
Kaw Nation Receives National Award For Visionary Leadership In Gaming (OK—Tribal Gaming)
ICTMN (May 26, 2016) For its demonstrated leadership in tribal gaming and efforts to "buy Indian," Kaw Gaming Inc. has been honored with a Tribal Gaming Visionary award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Legislature To Double Down On Gambling Expansion (PA—Gaming Regulation)
The Morning Call (May 26, 2016) After the Memorial Day holiday, the state House will try again on passing a bill to drastically expand gambling options in Pennsylvania.
Iowa Tribe Of Oklahoma Launches Online Poker Room (OK—Online Gaming)
CasinoCityTimes (May 26, 2016) On May 17, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma launched its online gaming site, PokerTribe.com. At the moment, the site is only for social gaming, but plans to also offer bingo, pull-tabs and other casino games; to launch a mobile application and a real-money site for international players.
Online Poker Ban Defeated Again On Capitol Hill (US—Online Gaming)
CardPlayer (May 26, 2016) Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) ended up withdrawing the plan from the appropriations bill on Tuesday. The amendment withdrawal from Rep. Dent came the same day as lawmakers in his home state flirted with the idea of legalizing and regulating online casino games.
Anti Online-Gambling RAWA Language Yanked from US House Appropriations Consideration (US—Online Gaming)
FlushDraw (May 26, 2016)  On Tuesday, the US House Appropriations Committee considered but failed to adopt a briefly-proposed amendment to this year’s CJS [Commerce, Justice and Science] appropriations bill plans that would have stealthily inserted language into the US’s federal budget comparative to that contained within the failed, Adelson-funded “RAWA” [Restoration of America’s Wire Act] bill.
Smartphones Fuel Great Growth Potential For U.S. Internet Gambling (US—Online Gaming)
VegasInc (May 26, 2016) At the East Coast Gaming Congress and iGaming Institute in Atlantic City, casino and online gambling executives said the online gambling market has shown encouraging growth, but is still a fraction of what it could be.
Atlantic City Recovery Plan Gains Legislative Approval (NJ—Gaming News)
PolitickerNJ (May 26, 2016) The Senate voted today to approve a financial recovery plan for Atlantic City. Sponsored by Senators Steve Sweeney, Paul Sarlo, and Kevin O’Toole, the plan would give the city 150 days to produce a balanced budget coupled with a five-year recovery plan to avoid bankruptcy.
Casinos See Promise In Daily Fantasy, Internet Gaming (NJ—Fantasy Sports)
Press of Atlantic City (May 26, 2016) Daily fantasy sports have exploded onto the national landscape with games easily accessible on phones, tablets and desktops. As lawmakers debate whether they constitute gambling or are games of skills, panelists at the East Coast Gaming Congress at Harrah’s Resort on Wednesday agreed daily fantasy sports could have huge potential for Atlantic City.
More criticism appears regarding Washington Post poll (WA—Tribal Mascots)
NBC Sports (May 26, 2016) The National Congress of American Indians has called the poll irrelevant, and the Native American Journalists Association has questioned whether ongoing use of a dictionary-defined slur should be the subject of public opinion.
UNM receives $1.5 million to establish Center for Native American Health Research (US—Tribal News)
KRWG (May 26, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are funding research to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to examine how contact with metal mixtures from abandoned mines affects rural Native American populations.
Native American leaders and US officials protest against Paris auction of artifacts (US—Tribal News)
The Art Newspaper (May 26, 2016) Native American leaders, US politicians and NGOs held an emergency meeting at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C, on 24 May to protest the planned auction of hundreds of sacred objects and works of art in Paris next week.