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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, February 29, 2016

“The structure at the Bureau of Indian Education is broken. My legislation will ensure that the administrators, teachers, and students from tribal communities are being listened to and that their needs are being met. It is an important first step for better transparency and accountability for schools across Indian Country.” U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said of his bill: Reforming American Indian Standards of Education Act, in Native News Online --- “We just have to get through all the court-ordered proceedings, so there is nothing else we can do until we are done with that process. We can’t say how big the hotel-casino will be and we can’t say when it will start.” Maryann McGovran, North Fork Mono tribal chairwoman, said of the U.S. District Court judge’s orders for Enterprise casino to re-enter into negotiations with Yuba County, in Sierra Star


Pala Interactive Looks To Launch NJ Poker Product With Borgata (CA – Internet Poker)
Cards Chat News (February 28, 2016) Pala Interactive looks set to become the online poker provider for Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa despite bwin.party claiming that this isn’t the case.
PokerStars Announces March Re-Entry Date Into US Market (NJ – Internet Poker)
Compatible Poker (February 28, 2016) PokerStars will make an initial launch into the New Jersey online gambling industry in March, it was announced recently. Parent company, Amaya, said that it was aiming for March 21st as a launch date for PokerStars to start accepting New Jersey residents to its gaming platform.
PokerStars Announces March 21 Return To US Gambling Market (NJ – Internet Poker)
Poker Sites (February 26, 2016) Nearly five years since the United States government seized its .com Internet domain on April 15, 2011, during online poker’s Black Friday, the world’s largest digital card room is scheduled to return to the market on Monday, March 21.
North Fork Casino In Madera Getting Closer To Approval (CA – Tribal Casinos)
Sierra Star (February 28, 2016) Proposition 48, a referendum on the so-called “off-reservation gaming” that voters rejected in 2014, likely will not cause much more than a few years of delays for the North Fork Mono Rancheria Indians’ casino plans.
Best Casino In Northern California: Cache Creek Casino Resort (CA – Tribal Casinos)
Daily Republic (February 28, 2016) The resort is owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Brooks, less than an hour’s drive from Fairfield. Cache Creek began as a bingo hall in 1985, and didn’t look at all as it does today.
North Tahoe Casinos Post 22.4 Percent Increase In January Gaming Win (NV – Casino Revenues)
Sierra Sun (February 28, 2016) Statewide gaming win in Nevada dipped 2.9 percent in January because of fewer special events. But the two Lake Tahoe markets saw a significant increase, according to Gaming Control Board analyst Mike Lawton.
Lawmakers File 122 Pages Of Changes To Seminole Compact (FL – State Compacts)
Florida Politics (February 29, 2016) A 122-page “proposed committee substitute” that dropped Sunday night on the House’s 2016 gambling legislation would keep intact the guts of the proposed Seminole Compact and allow for expanded gambling opportunities throughout the state.
Florida Gov’t Weekly Roundup: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing (FL – State Compacts)
NorthEscambia.com (February 28, 2016) Lawmakers, reporters and lobbyists spent much of the week waiting for talks between House and Senate leaders to lead to a deal on budget “allocations” — the area-by-area breakdown on where the state will spend around $80 billion in the year that begins July 1.
Investigative Authority Of NY Attorney General Has Its Limits (NY – Fantasy Limits)
Law360 (February 26, 2016) The attorney general’s investigative powers are, indeed, quite broad. But they are not without limits, and recipients of overly broad or inappropriate investigative subpoenas do have some resources at their disposal to limit or even quash such subpoenas if the attorney general overreaches.
Politician Says Legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports Is About Small Business (IL – Fantasy Sports)
Illinois News Network (February 26, 2016) State Representative Mike Zalewski says there is a burgeoning fantasy sports statistics industry in Illinois and this legislation would give them certainty.
Bill Introduced To Reform The Bureau Of Indian Education (DC – Tribal Legislation)
Native News Online (February 28, 2016) U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced S. 2580, the Reforming American Indian Standards of Education Act (RAISE Act).
New York School District Renames Columbus Day ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ (NY – Tribal Images)
The Moultrie Observer (February 27, 2016) Public schools in this northeast New York State community have voted to replace Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day” in response to a student survey showing Native Americans prefer the change.