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CTBA Political e-Brief Wednesday, June 22, 2016

“She’s (Kamala Harris) just failed to take positions on some critical issues … and that causes alarm … Unfortunately, what it looks like is politics.” Steve Stalling, Chairman, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, in the Los Angeles Times.---"There is absolutely no basis to single out tribes and prevent them from continuing to engage in economic development both on and off their reservation lands. It would be unprecedented for Congress to limit these opportunities for tribal governments." Ernest L. Stevens, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association, in the Courant.


California Tribes Give U.S. Senate Race The Cold Shoulder (CA—Senate Race)
LA Times (June 21, 2016) California’s Native American tribes have doled out millions to political groups and candidates running for every office from county supervisor to president this campaign season. But they have been noticeably absent from fundraising when it comes to the state’s U.S. Senate race.
Impacts Outlined For Proposed South Bend Casino (IN—Tribal Casino)
South Bend Tribune (June 21, 2016) The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued a final report on the environmental impact of a proposed Pokagon tribal village and casino here, finding no significant impacts outside of traffic.
Trial Date Set In Taunton Casino Case (MA—Tribal Casino)
Herald News (June 21, 2016) A federal judge bypassed hearing a motion to block a tribal casino in Taunton, instead telling neighbors of the proposed facility that he intends to hear their full case quickly.
Cowlitz Tribe’s Casino Named Ilani Resort (WA—Tribal Casino)
Chronline (June 21, 2016) The new casino located next to La Center, but technically in Ridgefield, is still under construction, but the project is starting to come to life. This week, a number of the project’s managers unveiled the official name, logo and color scheme of the casino.
Mohegan Sun Pocono Facing Increased Tax Bill (PA—Tribal Gaming)
World Casino Directory (June 22, 2016) Officials in Luzerne County are to collect over $223,000 more in annual taxes from the Mohegan Sun Pocono after a new appraisal of the casino valued the property at more than $150 million.
MGM Brings Concerns Over Mohegan-Mashantucket Pequot Venture To Congress (US—Tribal Gaming)
Courant (June 21, 2016) MGM Resorts International, the developer of the $950 million casino and entertainment complex in Springfield, has opened another front in its battle against a jointly run tribal casino in the Hartford area — this time in the U.S. Congress.
New York Shows DFS Can Learn Lessons From The Case Of I-Poker (NY—Online Poker)
While online poker bill S5302 missed the adjournment deadline of 17 June, S8153, a bill seeking to legalise both daily and season-long fantasy sports, was passed 45-17 after 2am on Saturday morning, and now only needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to become law.
New York Online Poker Efforts Stall (NY—Online Poker)
Card Player (June 21, 2016) The state of New York’s legislative session ended Friday with no online poker bill passing the Assembly. The legislation passed out of the Senate earlier this month by a 53-5 vote. Regulated online poker approval in Albany was viewed as a long shot prior to the Senate’s vote, but it still had an uphill battle to be approved by the state’s other legislative body in time.
Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill Hoping To Be Attached To DFS Bill For Vote This Week (PA—Online Poker)
Poker News (June 21, 2016) All he knows is that Rep. George Dunbar's bill to regulate daily fantasy sports is scheduled to get a second reading on Wednesday, and he hopes to see HB 649 attached to the DFS bill (HB 2150) at this time. The package legislation could then be voted on Thursday.
New York Lawmakers Approve DFS Regulation (NY-Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Today (June 21, 2016) The New York Legislature’s approval of daily fantasy sports betting puts DFS back in a center stage position as Nevada regulators prepare to act this week on the request of a Las Vegas company for a sportsbook license interested in bringing a different look to the business.
It’s Time For Tribes, Maine To Renegotiate Terms Of Tribal Sovereignty, State Authority (ME—Tribal Sovereignty)
Bangor Daily News (June 21, 2016) Tribal-state relations suffered a major setback last year when representatives of the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe walked out of the state Legislature. The soured relations essentially were severed by one tribe last week, when the Penobscot Nation officially vacated its seat in the state Legislature.
Bakken Pipeline Will Run Under Sacred Tribal Site in Iowa (IA—Tribal News)
ABC News (June 21, 2016) Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins tells The Des Moines Register that Texas-based Dakota Access LLC was given an amendment on its permit to dig at Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area.