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CTBA Political e-Brief Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“To the contrary, the Tribe will continue to press forward, to demonstrate that the Corps has not adequately consulted with the Tribe regarding cultural resource issues, and has not adequately addressed the risk of an oil spill that would harm the Tribe’s waters. The Tribe is dedicated to the protection of our Treaty rights, our Reservation lands, and our people—and we will ensure that the federal government upholds its trust responsibility when it makes its decision regarding the Dakota Access pipeline.” Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman, in Indian Country Today Media Network.---“Enacting this important legislation will ensure that all providers are taking the necessary steps to protect fantasy sports fans, and will give consumers peace of mind about the integrity of the games they love.” Cristina Duran, CO Representative, in the Denver Post.

 

Ex-Sioux City Floating Casino Legal Fight Over After Ruling By Iowa Supreme Court (IA—Casino Expansion)
World Casino Directory (May 24, 2016) The lengthy legal battle between state gambling regulators, the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino, and the casino’s local partner came to an end on Monday when the Iowa Supreme Court denied the request of the Belle of Sioux City to review a ruling by the Iowa Court of Appeals that upheld past rulings that led to the closure of the casino.
MGM Springfield Casino Project Fully Green-Lighted In Massachusetts (MA—Casino Expansion)
US Poker (May 24, 2016) In June 2014, MGM received one of three coveted casino licenses from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. But it wasn’t until May 12 of this year that the company officially broke ground on its billion-dollar casino project.
Mail Tribune (May 24, 2016) Medford officials have criticized a federal Coquille Indian Tribe casino study for failing to adequately address crime, transportation, economic impacts and alternative locations and for opening the door to more tribal gaming in Oregon.
Why The DA Thinks Allowing Online Gambling Is A Bad Bet (PA—Online Gaming)
Lehigh Valley Live (May 24, 2016) Legalizing online gambling in Pennsylvania will boost crime and gambling addictions, according to Northampton County's district attorney. District Attorney John Morganelli said he doesn't oppose brick and mortar casinos, but making gambling legal online is going a step too far, he said at a news conference Tuesday.
Pennsylvania Is Closer Than Ever To Pulling The Trigger On Regulated Online Gambling (PA—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 24, 2016) After months of inactivity, online gambling has resurfaced as a hot topic in the Pennsylvania Legislature. The state appears very close to passing an online gambling bill, and movement could be seen as early as this week.
Colorado Wants To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports Leagues (CO—Fantasy Sports)
Denver Post (May 24, 2016) A bipartisan bill introduced Thursday would create a Colorado Office of Fantasy Sports to draft rules that ensure the games are played fair and square and not as a front for illegal gambling.
Congress Must Tackle America’s Fragmented Racing Industry (US—Horse Racing)
Horse Talk (May 24, 2016) The fragmented nature of America’s racing industry has been criticized by the head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who says reform is urgently needed. Its president and chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, was commenting following the loss of two horses in the first four races on the card in Maryland last Saturday.
The Reason The Washington Redskins Should Change Their Name (WA—Tribal Mascots)
INC (May 24, 2016) Like most companies, the Washington organization talks internally about valuing diversity and inclusion, making it really hard to walk your talk when your team name is considered to be offensive by many, even those not directly involved.
The Majority That Isn’t Moral (US—Tribal Mascots)
The Undefeated (May 24, 2016) Just because a people who have confronted institutionalized racism for centuries manage to brush off one small piece of that oppression, it doesn’t mean institutionalized racism is a swell way to live.
Arizona Official Urges Senate To Close Gaps In Tribal Criminal Law (AZ—Tribal News)
Navajo Hopi (May 24, 2016) A Pascua Yaqui official said Wednesday that changes to federal law allowing tribes to prosecute nonmembers for domestic violence represented "a new dawn" for Native Americans, but there are gaps in the law that need to be addressed.
Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections (US—Tribal News)
Indian Country Today Media Network (May 24, 2016) In the midst of an ongoing effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other entities to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company Dakota Access LLC has begun construction of the 1,150-mile project, which will carry crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.
Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws To Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies (US—Tribal News)
Yes! Mag (May 24, 2016) To protect tribal food systems, those advocates and attorneys are taking the law into their own hands, literally, by writing comprehensive food codes that can be adopted by tribes and used to effectively circumvent federal food safety codes.