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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 18, 2016

“Basically, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act specifically says that tribes must put casinos on ancestor land. It was a way so tribes didn't just put casinos everywhere. It's such a complicated issue, and it's not black and white. Only the Bureau of Indian Affairs has the decision power to say yea or nay." Cow Creek spokesperson Susan Ferris said it's their contention that the Coquille Tribe has violated language in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, in The World “The reason Cleveland won't get rid of Chief Wahoo, which is completely indefensible, is they could still sell stuff with it. They can say they're gonna de-emphasize it, but they're not just gonna set money on fire, so yeah, I just thought [the shirt] was the exact same thing, and I could see the value in the design, so I was like, hey, we might as well give this a run.” ESPN sports journalist Bomani Jones, who appeared on ESPN wearing a “Caucuasians” tee-shirt parodying Cleveland’s controversial Cleveland Indians logo, in Cleveland.com


Soboba Foundation Golf Tournament Raises 100K for Charity (CA – Charitable Donations)
Indian Country Today Media Network (April 15, 2016) Numerous charities benefited from a lucrative live auction event held at the fourth annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Soboba Foundation on April 1.
Coquille Tribe Disagrees With Governor's Casino Policy Stance (OR – Tribal Politics)
The World (April 18, 2016) The struggle of the Coquille Indian Tribe to develop a class II gaming facility in Medford intensified this week when Gov. Kate Brown issued her formal opposition to the Tribe's plans.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos Receive AAA Four Diamond Awards (NY – Tribal Casinos)
The Post-Journal (April 17, 2016) Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino recently earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, which recognizes hotels that are upscale in all areas, providing guests with accommodations that are progressively more refined and stylish, according to AAA.
Fantasy Sports Face Big Test Before Congress (DC – Fantasy Sports)
The Hill (April 17, 2016) The daily fantasy sports industry is under fire from regulators across the country and now faces another crucial test before Congress.
Daily Fantasy Sports: Congressional Hearing On Tap (DC – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 17, 2016) The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will examine the legal issues surrounding DFS at the state level, consumer protections, and the role of the federal government. The hearing will not be solely focused on daily fantasy sports issues.
Michigan Jumps Into Online Gambling Debate With Bill To Regulate Internet Poker And Casino Games (MI – Internet Poker)
Online Poker Report (April 15, 2016) A bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling was introduced into the Michigan State Senate by State Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) on Friday.
Can Online Gaming Affect Brick & Mortar Gambling? (US – Internet Poker)
Insider Money (April 15, 2016) Internet had a huge influence on our lives and changed the way we do many things from booking hotels to obtaining college degrees. With the evolution of technology, the Internet is capturing more and more aspects of our lives, including gambling.
Ruling Doesn't Settle Future of Native American Church (HI – Tribal Culture)
Courthouse News (April 15, 2016) In a 10,000-year-old tradition where it's taboo to step forward as a public figure, one has emerged. And it's a voice pushing for changes that nobody else wants.  Mooney's attempt to extend sacred status to nontraditional plants and practices has enraged the leaders of the oldest branches of the Native American Church, who say his churches represent an attempt to capitalize on federal protections designed to protect a persecuted heritage by appropriating their name.
Hundreds Participate In Flint's Intertribal Water Ceremony (MI – Tribal Culture)
Native News Online (April 16, 2016) With Flint garnering national attention for its lead-contaminated drinking water system, some 400 American Indians and First Nations people gathered along the banks of the Flint River on Saturday for what was dubbed an international and intertribal water ceremony.
Mascots Can Reinforce Stereotypes, A UM Researcher Finds (MT – Tribal Images)
Billings Gazette (April 16, 2016) Take a look at the mascot for the Cleveland Indians, a cartoon with a red face and feather on its head. Result? You're more likely to associate Native Americans with being "warlike."
Opinion: Bomani Jones' ESPN 'Caucasians' T-Shirt Parodying Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo Makes Serious Point About A Double Standard (OH – Tribal Images)
Cleveland.com (April 16, 2016) There were a flurry of reactions as ESPN's sports journalist Bomani Jones appeared on ESPN wearing a "Caucasians" T-Shirt, parodying Cleveland's controversial but beloved Cleveland Indians logo Chief Wahoo.