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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, May 23, 2016

“The unanimous Ninth Circuit ruling is a decisive victory for the Tohono O’odham Nation, the West Valley and Arizona. We remain focused on moving forward to create more jobs and economic opportunity to benefit all of Arizona.” Edward D. Manuel, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman, in Sun City West Independent. --- “The software providers know that they are producing illegal gambling games that are being used in local internet cafes. These illegal gambling operations create a public safety threat to our community.” Larry Morse II, CA District Attorney, in Compatible Poker.


California Continues Fight Against Sweepstakes Cafes (CA—Sweepstakes Cafes)
Compatible Poker (May 22, 2016) A lawsuit which has been filed by the state of California against a Canadian supplier which provides software to local sweepstakes cafes, has received an extra boost with the news that Merced County has also joined in the fight.
Court Rejects Opponents’ Appeal In Favor Of Tohono O’odham Nation Casino (AZ—Tribal Casino)
Sun City West Independent (May 22, 2016) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected opponents’ request for the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s right to game at its new Desert Diamond Casino,
How The Seminole Tribe Came To Rock The Hard Rock Empire (FL—Tribal Casino)
The Olympian (May 22, 2016) The Hard Rock near Hollywood, a vast 100-acre resort on reservation land away from South Florida’s top attractions, is only one small corner of a global universe stretching across three — soon-to-be four — continents.
The State Of The Seminole Tribe’s Compact With The Florida (FL—Tribal Casino)
Miami Herald (May 22, 2016) The part of the agreement that includes a five-year provision for the banked games, such as blackjack and baccarat, expired in July 2015. Despite the expiration, no new agreement has been drafted and the Seminoles have continued offering the games.
Anti-Casino Proposal's Financial Impact Unclear (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Gaines Ville (May 22, 2016) Unsure about the measure's effects, state economists say they cannot determine the financial impact of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at making it harder to expand gambling in Florida. The economists, serving as the state's Financial Impact Estimating Conference, held recent meetings to discuss the proposed amendment, which could go on the 2018 ballot.
Iowa Tribe Of Oklahoma Launches International Online Poker Site (IA—Online Gaming)
Cards Chat (May 22, 2016) The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma launched a play money online poker room this week, phase one of its ambition to become the only operator running a real-money online poker room for international market from inside the United States.
Nevada Explores Possible Online Gambling Expansion (NV—Online Gaming)
Flush Draw (May 22, 2016) Nevada’s politicians and a large portion of the state’s online-gambling industry appear poised to pursue an expansion of the state’s available offerings, according to several related reports.
American Gaming Association Adds Eight New Members To Roster (US—Gaming Lobby)
Casino.org (May 22, 2016) The American Gaming Association (AGA) is expanding its prowess on the gaming industry in the United States after signing eight new members to its organization. The Washington, DC, trade group that lobbies both federal and state governments on behalf of gaming companies.
Inside The Fight Between Daniel Snyder And Native American Activists Over 'Redskins' (US—Tribal Mascots)
Miami Herald (May 22, 2016) The world's most powerful man had just uttered five words that, in an instant, fundamentally altered the debate. "I'd think about changing it," President Barack Obama said in early October 2013, explaining what he would do about the Washington Redskins' controversial name if he owned the team.
Obamacare Helps Tribal Members (US—Tribal News)
Indian Country Today (May 22, 2016) The problems within the Indian Health Service (IHS) are well known. The Senate Special Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing in February on the problems facing IHS, and have posted a video of the hearing, available on the Committee’s website.
Senators Propose Bill to Reform Native American Health Agency (US—Tribal News)
Legal Reader (May 22, 2016) Senators propose bill to reform Native American health agency on Thursday that aims at improving the Indian Health Service, the agency that provides healthcare to Native Americans on reservations.
As Tribal Land Buy-Back Program Expands, CSKT Touts Success (US—Tribal News)
Flat Head Beacon (May 22, 2016) The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council is slated to discuss next week what to do with land acquired through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program in 2014 and 2015.