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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, March 25, 2016

“The new North Fork scheme not only ignores the will of California's voters, it would undo decades of tribal gaming regulations and open the floodgates for off-reservation casinos to go up in any land in the state. Our Tribal Council is willing to stand up and defend Tribes like ours who have followed the rules and to tell the governor and other politicians to listen to the overwhelming voice of Californians and stop the North Fork plan once and for all.” Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales, in Central Valley Business Times --- “Today’s news out of Indiana marks another important step in the ongoing process of creating legal clarity for fantasy sports. Momentum continues to build across the country — with more and more states enacting legislation that will allow millions of fans to continue to enjoy all the fantasy sports games they love. Throughout this process, the FSTA will continue to advocate for registration fees that neither inhibit new business nor hurt smaller fantasy sports operators.” A statement from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association on Indiana’s approval of DFS regulations, making it the second state to do so, in Legal Sports Report

Governor Brown has been sued by the Chukchansi Tribal Council in a bid to stop the North Fork Casino plan. The lawsuit by the Picayune Rancheria is the second part of the effort to stop the North Fork plan, following a seven-day media blitz. The tribe is also pursuing legislative remedies through their Washington D.C. representatives.

Chukchansi Tribe Tells Governor To Stop Rival Norther Fork Rancheria Casino Development (CA – Court Cases)

Central Valley Business Times (March 24, 2016) The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Tribal Council is suing California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr., saying he has ignored the results of a 2014 statewide vote to stop a neighboring tribe’s plan to build a casino complex about 30 miles from the one long operated by the Chuckchansi tribe.

PokerStars Insider Trading Charges Could Spell Doom For Online Poker In California (CA – Internet Poker)

California Online Poker (March 23, 2016) On Wednesday morning the Canadian regulatory body, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), announced it has charged three companies and three individuals with insider trading stemming from the investigation into the purchase of Oldford Group (PokerStars) by Amaya Gaming in 2014.

Indiana Becomes Second State To Pass Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation (IN – Fantasy Sports)

Legal Sports Report (March 24, 2016) Indiana became the second state to put a law regulating fantasy sports on the books when Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation today. The state joins Virginia, which passed a law overseeing the paid-entry fantasy sports earlier this month.

Chukchansi Tribal Council Sues California Governor Over North Fork Casino Project (CA – Court Cases)

Casino News Daily (March 25, 2016) The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, a California-based federally recognized tribe, announced on Thursday that its Tribal Council has filed a lawsuit against state Governor Edmund Brown Jr., arguing that he had neglected the results of a 2014 vote to prevent another California tribe from building a Las Vegas-style casino not far from the one operated by the Chukchansi tribe itself.

Amaya Shares Down As CEO Faces Insider Trading Charges (Int. – Internet Poker)

iGaming Business (March 24, 2016) Amaya Gaming has suffered a heavy drop in its share price after it was revealed that chief executive David Baazov will face five charges of insider trading in regards to the company’s acquisition of PokerStars.

David Baazov Brother Target Of AMF Search Warrants For Alleged Securities Fraud In Quebec (Int. – Internet Poker)

Cards Chat News (March 24, 2016) Canadian financial regulator AMF is pursuing Amaya CEO David Baazov’s elder brother Ofer “Josh” Baazov for alleged securities fraud, it announced yesterday.

Rincon Tribal Member Delivers Address At Gaming Association Meeting (CA – Gaming Conferences)

Valley Road Runner (March 24, 2016) Recently Steve Stallings, who serves on the Rincon Tribal Council, was elected chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, an association that represents most of the gaming tribes in the Golden State.

Agua Caliente Tribal Chairman Talks Lawsuits, Development (CA – Tribal Leadership)

The Desert Sun (March 24, 2016) In Palm Springs, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians chairman Jeff Grubbe emphasized the tribe's desire to work in concert with Coachella Valley businesses and cities at a Thursday lunch. "Obviously, we've lived here for thousands of years," Grubbe said. "But what we do together elevates (the Coachella Valley) all the more."

Choctaw Nation Responds To Foster Couple In ICWA Case (CA – Indian Children Welfare Act)

Indian Country Today Media Network (March 24, 2016) A custody case over a 6-year-old Choctaw girl named Lexi that has been going on nearly five years has been settled after three separate court battles. The Choctaw Nation began the journey to reunite Lexi with her family in 2011.

Indian Welfare Act Expert Says Law 'Is Not Based On Race' (CA – Indian Children Welfare Act)

My Northwest (March 24, 2016) It's not an outdated law and the parents knew what they were getting into and the situation is not a battle between races. That's how Suzette Brewer, a member of the Choctaw tribe and a writer who specializes in Federal Indian Law and the Indian Child Welfare Act, explained the contentious case of Lexi to KIRO Radio's Dave Ross.

San Manuel Tribe Honors Nonprofits With Prestigious Award (CA – Tribal Relations)

The Sun (March 24, 2016) Forging Hope is more than a job description. This force for good is an opportunity to experience the resolve of those who give their time and resources to the people of our communities.

Petition Demands Navy Stop Removing Indian Artifacts From ‘Island Of The Blue Dolphins’ (CA – Tribal Culture)

The Recorder (March 24, 2016) More than 390 people, many of them archaeologists and Native American leaders, have signed a petition demanding that the Navy suspend its plans to relocate artifacts from San Nicolas Island to a former icehouse at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif.

Pala Interactive In New Jersey-First With Bingo Launch (NJ – Internet Poker)

iGaming Business (March 23, 2016) Pala Interactive has become the first company to launch a dedicated real-money 90-ball bingo website in the US state of New Jersey. PalaBingoUSA.com is open for beta testing in the state to the first 400 players who register, each of which will receive $25 in free play each day of the testing period.

Union Rejects Casino’s Final Offer, May Seek Federal Mediator’s Help (MD – Casino Labor)

The Dispatch (March 24, 2016) Union officials representing out of contract workers at Ocean Down’s casino say they have overwhelmingly voted down what the casino is calling their “final offer.” Last week saw the second picket line in as many weeks organized by casino employees and Unite Here local 7, which is a national organization that represents workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

Ohio’s Gambling Revenue Boost Joins National Trend (OH – Gaming Revenues)

Dayton Daily News (March 24, 2016) Ohio gambling revenue increased 13.3 percent in 2015, the second-biggest jump in the country, helping the industry set a nationwide revenue record of $71.1 billion.
Bills Define Fantasy Sports As Not Gambling (MN – Fantasy Sports)
Echo Press (March 24, 2016) Minnesotans love fantasy sports, but the activity is in legal limbo. More than 1 million people participate, making the state a hotbed of gamers and lawmakers are looking into a bill that would clarify it is legal.

Attorneys Say Court Ruling Doesn’t Solve Tribe Liquor Tax Issue (NE – Court Cases)

The Washington Times (March 24, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Pender is within the boundaries of the Omaha Indian Reservation doesn’t mean the tribe can begin collecting from local businesses a tribal tax on liquor sales, attorneys on both sides said.