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CTBA Political e-Brief Thursday, May 5, 2016

“Having a location for all cultures to come together and have celebrations related to the diversity in our community would be very healthy…And from a crime prevention perspective, the healthier activities we have in our community the better.” Karl Jegeris, SD Rapid City Mayor and Chief of Police, in the Rapid City Journal.

 

Govenor Snyder Shoots Down KBIC Plans For Former Marquette County Airport (MI—Tribal Casinos)
World Casino Directory (May 4, 2016) Once again Governor Rick Snyder has chosen to pass on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) plans to develop an entertainment complex at the site of the former Marquette County Airport in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
World Poker Fund To Acquire Stake In Oklahma Tribe’s Igaming Assets (OK—Online Gaming)
Gaming Intelligence (May 4, 2016) The acquisition gives WPFH access to assets including trademarks, online gaming platforms and source codes of UEG, as well as casino licensing and consulting agreements. The full financial details and scope of the transaction are yet to be disclosed.
Michigan Legislators Either Impressed Or Bored By Online Gambling Testimony (MI—Online Gaming)
CalvinAyre.com (May 4, 2016) Wednesday saw Michigan politicians hold their first hearing into legislation that would authorize online casino and poker operations by the state’s licensed casino operators.
David Baazov Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Insider Trading (US—Online Gaming)
4flush (May 4, 2016) It was just two months ago that David Baazov, the former CEO and Chairman of Amaya Gaming, was hit with insider trading charges by the securities regulator of Quebec. After the charges were made public, Baazov stepped down from his role at Amaya indefinitely and maintained his innocence.
Nevada May Legalize Online Sports Betting In All 50 States; Here’s How (NV—Online Gaming)
Investors (May 4, 2016) The drive to legalize online sports betting for money may get a boost this year as the Nevada Gaming Commission gets set to consider a process that would effectively legalize it nationally — with restrictions.
Inspired Gaming Becomes North America’s First Virtual Sports Supplier (US—Fantasy Sports)
Casino News Daily (May 4, 2016) Provider of Virtual Sports offering, mobile casino games, and service-based gaming systems for the video lottery industry Inspired Gaming announced another strategic partnership that would allow the company to expand its business in the North American gaming market.
Advocacy Group Says Illinois Fantasy Sports Bill Needs Work (IL—Fantasy Sports)
SJR (May 4, 2016) A law enforcement advocacy group in Chicago says safeguards in proposed Illinois legislation on fantasy sports betting aren't good enough and could open the door to organized crime.The Chicago Crime Commission says background-check provisions in the bill provide too many loopholes and could lead to underworld infiltration.
Illinois Seeks New Mascot 9 Years After Chief Illiniwek's Removal (IL—Tribal Mascots)
ESPN (May 4, 2016) Nine years after it retired Chief Illiniwek under pressure from the NCAA, the University of Illinois will begin the search for a new mascot, interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said Monday.
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe Seeks Support For California Casino (CA—Tribal Casinos)
World Casino Directory (May 4, 2016) Officials in Kern County, California, are continuing to discuss plans that could see the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe build a new $29 million casino at a site near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The tribe, which has its reservation 130 miles away in Death Valley National Park.
Report Finds Issues With 8(A) Contracting To Alaska Native Corporations (AK—Tribal News)
ADN (May 4, 2016) Problems with the U.S. Department of Energy’s contracting process increased the risk that Alaska Native corporations might receive federal 8(a) contracts they aren't eligible for, a recent report found.
Cherokee Nation Awards 130 Fire Departments $455,000 donation (OK—Tribal News)
Cherokee.org (May 4, 2016) The Cherokee Nation awarded 130 volunteer and rural fire departments with $3,500 checks totaling $455,000 Tuesday during the 2016 Volunteer Firefighter Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Grassroots Group Pushes Plan For Native American Community Center (SD—Tribal News)
Rapid City Journal (May 4, 2016) A group of committed volunteers has begun preliminary work on bringing their vision of a Rapid City-based Native American community and learning center to life. The idea for what would be dubbed the He Sapa All Nations Center sprang from discussions.
Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case About Native American Prisoners (US-Tribal News)
MintPress News (May 4, 2016) The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of a lower court’s decision to force Native American inmates to cut their hair while in Alabama prisons. Native inmates have argued that keeping their hair long is part of their spiritual traditions.