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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, May 16, 2016

“the United States government agreed to provide federally recognized American Indians and Alaska Natives with free health care,” Bernie Sanders, US State Senator, in the Frisky. --- "Their actions today are inconsistent with the mission of AIGA, which is to promote tribal gaming and to unify Arizona tribes through that effort. The Tohono O’odham Nation will continue to support AIGA’s mission and efforts," Tohono O’odham Nation, in the Indianz.


Kansas, Oklahoma Casinos Offer More Than Gaming (OK—Tribal Casinos)
The Wichita Eagle (May 14, 2016) With more games than any other casino in the world, WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma offers more than 7,400 electronic games, 98 table games and 46 poker tables.
New Development In Cowlitz Casino Wastewater Issue (WA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (May 15, 2016) In an interesting turn of events, a recommendation has been made to the county by Clark County’s public health officer to allow the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s $510 million casino to connect to La Center’s city sewer system; something the tribe wanted to do from the start.
Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill (US—Tribal Casino)
Indianz (May 14, 2016) The Tohono O'odham Nation opened a new casino to large crowds in December but opponents on Capitol Hill are still trying to shut it down. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) told Politico that he wants to bring H.R.308, the Keep the Promise Act, back up for a vote in the House. The bill would force the tribe to close the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort if it became law.
Michigan Online Poker Bill Likely To Pass In 2016, Says Senator’s Office (MI—Online Poker)
Cards Chat (May 14, 2016) Michigan’s online poker bill (SB 889) is expected to pass this year, at least according to the office of its sponsor, State Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake). Dave Biswas, Kowall’s chief of staff and legislative director, told CardPlayer this week that he “saw no reason” why the bill would not go through in 2016.
Missouri Legislature Passes Fantasy Sports Bill (MO—Fantasy Sports)
Joplin Globe (May 15, 2016) Despite efforts from Democrats, the Missouri Republicans have not expanded welfare programs and Medicaid, saying skyrocketing costs would cripple the state's budget.  Because of last year's cuts, more than 6,000 people were taken off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
This Week In Sports Law: Federal Fantasy Hearing (US—Fantasy Sports)
Forbes (May 15, 2016) On May 11, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce met with individuals representing a broad spectrum of the fantasy sports industry as well as those on behalf of companies seeking to provide services to improve on the integrity of games.
Arizona Indian Gaming Association Supports Proposition 123 (AZ—Tribal News)
AZBusiness Daily (May 14, 2016) Leaders at the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) recently spoke for all of its 15 Tribe members to show its support for Proposition 123, the Arizona Education Finance Amendment. Provision 123 will provide desperately needed funds that will be dedicated to schools.
Seminole Tribe Ends Court Battle Over Confidential Financial Information (FL—Tribal News)
Casino News Daily (May 14, 2016) The Seminole Tribe of Florida dropped on Friday its court filing aimed at preventing the disclosure of what it believed was confidential financial information about the tribe’s casinos and their financial performance in 2015. Tribal officials decided to drop the claim after political news publication POLITICO released certain financial
Former Makah Tribal Council Leader Sentenced For Embezzlement Of Tribal Funds (WA—Tribal News)
Peninsula Daily News (May 15, 2016) A former Neah Bay resident who followed in his grandfather's footsteps to serve on the Makah Tribal Council has been sentenced to six months' incarceration for embezzling tribal funds. Ryland Chad Bowechop, 38, of Bellingham was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty Feb. 3 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to stealing $30,000.
Eastern Cherokee Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Fired Gaming Officials (US—Tribal News)
Indianz (May 13, 2016) Three gaming commissioners who were fired by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina lost a lawsuit in tribal court, The Cherokee One Feather reported. The commissioners claimed their removal was unfair. But the judge ruled last week that the tribe followed its own laws, the paper reported.
Bernie Sanders Met With Native Americans To Discuss Poverty & Here’s Why This Matters (US—Tribal News)
The Frisky (May 14, 2016) Bernie Sanders met with Native Americans to discuss poverty and other challenge they face. The Democratic presidential hopeful visited Native people at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Thursday, He wasted no time in addressing the major modern issues faced by Native people, on Pine Ridge Reservation and on reservations across the country, first by simply acknowledging them.
Governor, Feds Have Agreed To Indian Gaming On Acquired Land (CA—Tribal Casinos)
SacBee (May 15, 2016) With the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, Congress reaffirmed the sovereignty of tribal governments and each state by creating a government-to-government process where sovereign governments negotiate terms that are beneficial to their constituents.