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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, May 6, 2016

“Each of these individuals brings a unique skill set and experiences that will benefit the administration as we address issues important to Alaska’s tribes,” said Governor Walker in a press release. “I have tasked this group with providing input on relevant topics and helping our administration to find opportunities for the state and tribes to work collaboratively.” Bill Walker, AK Governor, in KTUU.---"At the heart of sovereignty is the ability to govern on our own lands…We’ve awaited this decision for years." Delano Saluskin, WA Yakama Nation Vice Chairman in Indian Country Today Media Network.
Casino Dashed, Horse Racing Set To Return To Brockton Fairgrounds (MA—Tribal Casino)
Boston Globe (May 5, 2016) After a 15-year hiatus, thoroughbred horse racing is set to return to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer, with a planned schedule of 30 racing days financed in large part by money generated by the state’s casino industry.
Mystic Lake Staying True, Successful (MN—Tribal Casino)
Kare11 (May 5, 2016) Tribal gaming has leveled off the past few years, but not at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake. Earlier this week construction officially began on a new hotel tower and convention center, which will add 180 rooms at the hotel.
Sugarhouse Completes $164M Expansion Project (PA—Tribal Gaming)
Philadelphia Business Journal (May 5, 2016) Nearly two years and $164 million later, SugarHouse Casino's renovation and expansion project is complete. Casino officials will be joined Monday by State Senator Larry Farnese, City Councilman Mark Squilla; City Council President Darrell Clarke and Congressman Bob Brady for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Delaware Avenue destination.
Michigan Hearing Raises The Question: Is Action On Online Gambling Coming This Year Or Next? (MI—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 5, 2016)  On Wednesday, the Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee held an informational hearing to discuss State Senator Mike Kowall’s online gambling expansion bill, SB 889.
Keep Fantasy Sports In Illinois (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Capitol Fax (May 5, 2016) Over 50 million Americans participate in fantasy sports contests, including more than two million men and women from Illinois, which makes our state the third largest player in the nation. In addition, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association is headquartered in Chicago, along with local and regional fantasy sports entities based here in Illinois.
Tennessee Enacts Fantasy Sports Bill, Privilege Tax (TN—Fantasy Sports)
PR Newswire (May 5, 2016) The FSA establishes a six percent (6%) privilege tax, dubbed the Fantasy Sports Tax, on all adjusted revenues of fantasy sports contests offered by a fantasy sports operator to Tennessee consumers. The Tennessee Secretary of State ("Secretary") will administer the tax as well as other provisions of the FSA.
House Subcommittee To Examine Daily Fantasy Sports At Hearing (US—Fantasy Sports)
USA Today (May 5, 2016) The hearing comes after industry leaders DraftKings and FanDuel have battled individual states in court. Several have declared that daily fantasy sports are illegal under state gambling laws.
Why Indigenous People Should Care About California’s Cap-And-Trade Program (CA—Tribal News)
Huffington Post (May 5, 2016) As the state expands its programs, policymakers are considering a provision that will make it possible for cap-and-trade to slow climate change by saving endangered forests well beyond the state’s borders. It’s a provision that could help indigenous people across the world.
Bill Walker Attends First Meeting Of New Tribal Advisory Council (AK—Tribal News)
KTUU (May 5, 2016) Gov. Bill Walker has attended the first meeting of the new Governor's Tribal Advisory Council, a panel of Alaska Native leaders established by his administration. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott also attended the Thursday morning meeting in Anchorage. Afterward, Walker introduced members of the 11-member council at a press conference.
Tribes Partnering To Promote Tribal Tourism (ND—Tribal News)
Bismarck Tribune (May 5, 2016) Tribal leaders along with state and federal officials are meeting at the North Dakota Native Tourism Summit, a two-day event in Bismarck, with the goal of forming a tribal tourism association in the state.
Tribe Now Can Prosecute Non-Natives For Domestic Violence (PA—Tribal News)
BattleCrek Enquirer (May 5, 2016) For years, tribes could do little to combat the issue. If domestic violence occurred on tribal land and the suspect wasn't Native American, tribal police could only haul the suspect to Grand Rapids and leave it in the hands of federal court.
Civil, Criminal Authority Restored To Yakama Nation (WA—Tribal News)
Indian Country (May 5, 2016) Yakama is the second Native Nation in Washington state to ask the governor for a return of jurisdiction over certain civil and criminal matters, using a process established by a 2012 law authored by state Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip.