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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 28, 2016

“Working together with state leaders, we’re fighting to build a third gaming facility and mitigate these losses…This confirmation from the BIA is an important step in the process, and we want to thank everyone for their work.” Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, In GamingToday.com --- “I strongly believe states should be allowed to enact their own marijuana laws, and have consistently supported attempts to ensure federal laws do not interfere with them. I’m also an ardent supporter of tribal sovereignty, which is why I introduced this bill forbidding the federal government from considering marijuana production, possession, or sale as an adverse factor when disbursing federal funds.” Mark Pocan, US Wisconsin Representative, in TheOneFeather.com


Tribe Holds 81st Annual Tribal Assembly (AK—Tribal Business)
Sit News (April 27, 2016) Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) held its 81st Annual Tribal Assembly April 20-22, 2016 in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Over 100 Delegates from Southeast Alaska, Anchorage, Washington, and California gathered in Juneau to conduct tribal business and elect new officers.
Federal Bureau Tells Tribes 3rd-Casino Plan Doesn’t Violate Gambling Compact (CT—Gaming Compact)
Journal Inquirer (April 27, 2016) The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs notified the state’s two tribes this week that an amendment to their gaming compact with the state to allow for a jointly run third casino doesn’t appear to violate the original agreement.
Tribes Say Letter Shows New Casino Won't Hurt Slots Deal (CT—Tribal Casino)
Gaming Today (April 27, 2016) Leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes informed state legislators Tuesday they’ve received preliminary assurances from federal officials that gambling agreements with the state would not be jeopardized by the proposed third casino they hope to open.
Gaming Commission Chair Blasts Brockton Casino Design (MA—Tribal Casino)
Boston Globe (April 27, 2016) State Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby on Wednesday decried the design of a proposed casino in Brockton as a “great disappointment” that would place the $677 million facility “in the middle of a vast parking lot.”
Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Indians To Expand Four Winds Dowagiac (MI—Casino Expansion)
SYS (April 27, 2016) The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce that it will expand Four Winds Dowagiac®. The new expansion will add 2,700 square feet to an existing 27,000 square feet to make room for 70 slot machines and two table games.
Four Pennsylvania Casinos Receive Fines From The Gaming Control Board (PA—Casino Fines)
PR NewsWire (April 27, 2016) The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $103,000 against four casino operators for various violations. The fines were the result of Board approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB's Office of Enforcement Counsel.
State And Tribes Still At Impasse On Salmon Fishing Seasons (WA—Tribal Agreement)
Seattle times (April 27, 2016) For the third time in less than two weeks, talks between the state and tribal fishery managers broke down to develop a joint plan for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, and an unprecedented closure of sport fisheries is looming in marine areas after April 30.
The New Sports Economy Institute To Lobby Congress Against Daily Fantasy And Sports Gambling (US—Fantasy Sports)
PR NewsWire (April 27, 2016) The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is planning a Congressional hearing on daily fantasy sports (DFS) on May 11, 2016. Reportedly, the hearing is expected to turn into a broader discussion covering legalization of sports betting in general.
Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act Introduced In House (US—Tribal Sovereignty)
The One Feather (April 27, 2016) A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it illegal for federal agencies to take into account the marijuana policy of a federally-recognized tribe when disbursing federal monies.
How Many More States Could Legalize And Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports This Year? (US—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 27, 2016) The daily fantasy sports industry has had a pretty good year legislatively. Over the course of late 2015 and early 2016, the industry has seen legislation dealing with DFS introduced in more than 30 states.
$29billion Reasons Why You Can't Afford To Ignore Tribal Gaming (US—Tribal Gaming)
Totally Gaming (April 27, 2016) US tribal gaming generated $28.94 billion in gaming revenues and $3.86 billion in ancillary revenues - a total of $32.80 billion last year, according to the 2016 Annual Report distributed by the National Indian Gaming Association during the Indian Gaming Tradeshow on March 13-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.
California Online Poker Bill Passes Key Committee Vote Unanimously (CA—Online Poker)
Online Poker Report (April 27, 2016) Assemblymember Adam Gray, the chairman of the GO Committee, presented the bill, saying he believes a lot of progress has been made on generating support on the two main sticking points: the horse racing industry’s involvement, and the so-called “bad actor” provision.