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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, April 29, 2016

“This is an important day for MTGA and for Indian Country as a whole, as our agreement with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe provides further evidence of Indian Country's willingness to work together and share gaming expertise to attain the mutual benefits of self-sufficiency and diversification,” Bobby Soper, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority President, in avoyellestoday.com --- “I want to work with my counterparts to bring more awareness and understanding of this (Native American History),” John Hickenlooper, CO Governor, In USA Today HHS

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe Proposes $29 Million Casino In Ridgecrest (CA—Tribal Casinos)
Kern Golden Empire (April 28, 2016) A proposed $29 million gaming casino could open in Ridgecrest near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The Timbisha Shoshone tribe wants to build the casino to help members of its tribe with things such as medical costs and education.
Tribes, Arizona Politician Ask Obama To Protect Nearly 2M Acres At Grand Canyon (AZ—Land Preservation)
KTAR (April 28, 2016) Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, this week to urge President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process.
Colorado Panel Urges Schools To Drop Native American Mascots (CO—Tribal Mascots)
USAToday HSS (April 28, 2016) Colorado officials and tribal leaders are urging public schools to eliminate Native American mascots unless they partner with tribes, calling it a unique way to address a national debate over what many consider derogatory symbols in high schools and sports such as the National Football League.
Florida's Legal Bills Mount Over Gambling Dispute With Seminole Tribe (FL—Gambling Dispute)
Orlando Weekly (April 28, 2016) Florida has paid more than $260,000 to private law firms in gambling lawsuits involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, with the likelihood of hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the horizon.
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Enters Consultant Agreement With Mohegans For Paragon Casino (LA—Tribal Gaming)
Avoyellestoday (April 28, 2016) The Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) to provide gaming, hospitality and entertainment consulting services to its Marksville facility, beginning this Saturday (April 30).
Mass. Gaming Commission Goes All In On Taunton Tribal Casino (MA—Tribal Casinos)
Taunton Gazette (April 28, 2016) By a 4-1 vote, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday rejected the Brockton commercial casino proposal that could have threatened the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s much more viable — and long delayed — plan for a tribal casino in Taunton.
Nearby Casino Growing In Michigan (MI—Tribal Casino)
Inside Indiana Business (April 28, 2016) A casino just across the border from Indiana is expanding. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which owns and operates the Four Winds Casino chain, is adding more space for slot machines and table games at its property in Dowagiac, Michigan.
Minnesota Tribe Staying Quiet On Future Development (MN—Tribal Casinos)
World Casino Directory (April 28, 2016) After finishing a $6.2 million renovation of its Fond-Du-Luth Casino in Minnesota last year, the Fond Du Lac Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are remaining silent on what they intend to do with an adjacent parcel of land they acquired in 2010.
Lottery Considered During 2016 Session, Only Fantasy Sports Survives (MS—Fantasy Sports)
DJournal (April 28, 2016) A proposal to establish a lottery in Mississippi, once incorporated into a bill legalizing the playing of fantasy sports, was defeated during the final, hectic days of the 2016 legislative session, which ended last week. The bill allowing the playing of fantasy sports was approved and is now pending Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature.
South Dakota Tribe Sues Feds Over ER Closure (SD—Federal Lawsuit)
Mitchell Republic (April 28, 2016) A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe asks that federal officials be forced to re-open the emergency room at the hospital administered by the Indian Health Service
Tennessee Governor Signs Daily Fantasy Sports Bill (TN—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 28, 2016) Tennessee became the third state to regulate the daily fantasy sports industry when Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law on Wednesday. Tennessee joins Indiana and Virginia as state governments that have passed regulations overseeing DFS this year. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey also enacted DFS regulations this year.
Washington’s NFL Team Is In Desperate Need Of A History Lesson (WA—Tribal Mascot)
Huffington Post (April 28, 2016) The team, also ignores its own history that’s steeped in racism. The name was picked by the team’s first owner, George Preston Marshall, who for nearly a quarter-century was “identified as the leading racist in the NFL,”