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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 4, 2016

“If this new North Fork scheme goes through, it will make tribal gaming a free-for-all in California. Farmlands, urban centers, and even open lots in neighborhoods could be considered as potential sites for new casinos, and the taxpayers of California will be virtually powerless to stop it.” Chukchansi Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales in The Fresno Bee --- “Every tribal leader across the nation should be deeply concerned about the principle being suggested by this effort, namely allowing the legislatures and citizens of all 50 states to weigh in on tribal rights and application of laws differently among tribes.” North Fork Tribal Chairwoman Maryann McGovran in World Casino News


Chukchansi Tribe Looks To Congress To Stop North Fork Casino (CA – Tribal Rights)
The Fresno Bee (March 29, 2016) The Chukchansi oppose the casino plan by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians because it is about 40 miles from its rancheria and not on ancestral homeland. Chukchansi and two Northern California tribes have enlisted Northern California congressman Doug LaMalfa to help them block a proposed tribal casino near Madera.
Tribes Vs Tribe; North Fork Rancheria Causes Concern In California (CA – Tribal Rights)
World Casino News (March 31, 2016) Two Northern California tribes along with the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians have enlisted the help of a Northern California congressman to assist them in blocking a proposed off-reservation tribal casino near Madera.
North Fork Rancheria Blasts Rival Tribes Over Anti-Casino Efforts (CA – Court Cases)
Indianz.com (March 30, 2016) The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians won approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to open an off-reservation casino. But nearby tribes are working with Rep. Doug LaMalfa(R-California) in hopes stopping the project.
DraftKings, FanDuel To Stop Offering College Fantasy Games (US – Fantasy Sports)
ESPN (March 31, 2016) Leading daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel are suspending contests on college sports indefinitely in all states as part of a deal with the NCAA, company officials told ESPN on Thursday.
FantasyAces Delays College Sports Decision (CA – Fantasy Sports)
Orange County Business Journal (March 31, 2016) Orange County’s lone daily fantasy sports operator doesn’t plan to follow the segment’s leaders in immediately closing contests involving college sports. FantasyAces, which has carved out a niche with live championship events staged at Angels Stadium, sports bars and hotels throughout the region, offers only collegiate football contests.
FantasyAces Announces Closing Of Financing And Corporate Update (CA – Fantasy Sports)
Digital Jounral (March 31, 2016) Fantasy Aces Daily Fantasy Sports Corp. is pleased to announce the closing of the second and final tranche of the previously announced private placement of common shares for gross proceeds of $742,600.
Bill Allows 'Fair Playing Field' For All Fantasy Sports (IO – Fantasy Sports)
The Des Moines Register (March 31, 2016) Fantasy sports are a popular pastime in Iowa, but the state's laws don't allow residents to play contests for prizes. Iowans who play fantasy sports with prizes among friends also face uncertainty that they may be breaking the law.
Vendors Line Up To Run State’s Proposed iLottery System (MA – State Lotteries)
The Enterprise (March 31, 2016) The Massachusetts Lottery received 20 responses from companies interested in aspects of potentially bringing games online. In late December the Lottery indicated interest in hearing from companies about developing an iLottery System and new games, including social gaming and daily fantasy sports.
Cherokee Nation Lauds New Jobs For $23M Casino Under Construction (OK – Gaming Business)
Indian Country Today Media Network (March 29, 2016) Yesterday the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on a $23 million casino — the tribe's 10th gaming facility. Scheduled to open in winter 2017, the tribe will hire 175 people to staff the gaming attraction in Grove, Oklahoma.
Court Rejects Latest Challenge To Tohono O’odham’s Glendale Casino (AZ – Court Cases)
Indian Country Today Media Network (March 31, 2016) A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O’odham casino that opened in Glendale in December. The courts said the language of the law was clear – the Tohono O’odham have a right to run a casino on property they bought in Glendale that is now considered tribal land.
Seminole Casinos Introduce New Ways To Pay And Play; Jason Taylor Presents Celebrity Poker Tournament (FL – Tribal Gaming)
SouthFlorida.com (March 31, 2016) On April 4 at all Seminole casinos in Florida, including the three in Broward County, two new programs will debut. Power Bank allows players to download funds directly to slot machines.
Tribal Members Plan Protest Of Dakota Access Pipeline (ND – Environmental Action)
Miami Herald (March 30, 2016) Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes are protesting the planned $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Illinois.
Bureau Of Indian Education Racked By Another Top-Level Scandal (DC – Tribal Politics)
Indianz.com (March 31, 2016) The leader of the Bureau of Indian Education, Charles “Monty” Roessel, a member of the Navajo Nation, hired a romantic partner and intervened to help a relative land a job at the beleaguered agency, according to a scathing report released on Wednesday.
State Supreme Court Will Not Hear Santa Clarita Family's Appeal In Tribal Custody Case (CA – Indian Children Welfare Act)
Los Angeles Times (March 31, 2016) The California Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a Santa Clarita family to return their longtime foster daughter, who is part Native American, after the girl was removed from their home last week in a tribal custody case.