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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 11, 2016

“As IHS responds to an expanded mission -- from an increasing patient population to new requirements for health information technology to the federal government's commitment to honor the sovereign rights of tribes by fully funding contract support costs -- these resources are necessary to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.” Robert McSwain, the principal deputy director at the IHS, said of President Obama’s budget request to increase IHS funds 6.5 percent above the current level, in Indianz.com --- “I know it is a tough conversation in the community. It has been a tradition for such a long time, but it is the law. It is a tough law. No matter what the change, in our memories they’ll always be Redskins.” Former Tulare County Supervisor and former CA Assemblywoman Connie Conway said of the Tulare Union High School’s mascot change, Visalia Times-Delta
US Gambling Revenues Predicted To Skyrocket In Next Four Years (US – Gaming Revenues)
Online Casino Reports (February 11, 2016) A new report by global technology research and advisory company, Technavio, predicts that the casino gaming market in the United States has the potential to hit revenues of $93 billion by the year 2020.
Detroit Casinos' Revenue Declines In January (MI – Gaming Revenues)
Crain’s Detroit Business (February 9, 2016) The Detroit casinos’ aggregate revenue fell by 1.8 percent to $109 million in January, compared with the same month of 2015, according to figures released Tuesday by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. January revenue for the three casinos was 13.1 percent lower than the revenue they reported in December.
EPA Names Chumash Casino Resort Wastewise Tribal Partner Of The Year (CA – Environmental Action)
Noozhawk (February 10, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the Chumash Casino Resort its 2015 WasteWise Tribal Partner of the Year. The award is in recognition of the Chumash Casino Resort’s outstanding leadership in waste prevention and diversion, as measured in 2014.
How A Huge Arizona Mining Deal Was Passed — And Could Be Revoked (AZ – Environmental Action)
High Country News (February 2, 2016) According to a study commissioned by Resolution, a subsidiary of the global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, when the mine is up and running it will create 3,700 well-paying jobs in an economically depressed region of the state, pump $64 billion into the state’s economy, add $20 billion in tax revenues and bolster America’s natural resource independence.
Tulare Community Reacts To Decision To Drop Redskin Mascot (CA – Tribal Images)
Visalia Times-Delta (February 10, 2016) The Tulare Joint Union High School District announced it will drop the name “Redskin” as the mascot for Tulare Union, ending nearly 100 years of use.
Roseville Man Skimmed Millions From Indian Tribe’s Insurance Company (CA – Court Cases)
The Sacramento Bee (February 10, 2016) Roseville businessman Gregory J. Chmielewski had what seemed like a brilliant idea: Create an alternative low-cost version of workers’ compensation insurance, at a time when the price for traditional coverage was soaring out of sight in California.
President Obama Seeks Another Increase For Indian Health Service Budget (DC – Health Services)
Indianz.com (February 10, 2016) The Indian Health Service would see a record $6.6 billion in funding under the fiscal year 2017 budget released by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Virginia Fantasy Sports Bill Gains Senate Approval (VA – Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Intelligence (February 10, 2016) Virginia took a step towards legalising fantasy sports contests after a bill introduced by Senator Ryan McDougle gained Senate approval following its third reading.
Georgia Lawmaker Proposes To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (GE – Fantasy Sports)
AJC.com (February 9, 2016) Add Georgia to the list of states seeking to regulate daily fantasy sports. State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, has proposed legislation following efforts in other states to place rules on companies operating daily fantasy sports websites.
Opinion: Daily Fantasy Sports Are “Entertainment,” Not Gambling (NY – Fantasy Sports)
PBS Frontline (February 9, 2016) Matt King has heard the criticism about daily fantasy sports. But King, the chief financial officer of FanDuel, one of the top two daily fantasy sites, disagrees. “Every time that you talk to our users,” says King, “what comes through loud and clear is the fact that we are an entertainment product.”
Opinion: The eSports Industry Has A Lot To Learn From Daily Fantasy Sports (MA – Fantasy Sports)
Ventura Beat (February 9, 2016) While the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel address this legal onslaught, the question of how esports fit into the equation has become all the more prevalent. If DraftKings can’t operate, why can some kid at a League of Legends tournament win $100,000?
Morongo And San Manuel Casino Tribes Raise Concerns With California Fantasy Sports Bill (CA – Tribal Politics)
The Sacramento Bee (February 10, 2016) The leaders of a pair of politically influential Southern California tribes with major casinos have sent letters to “express our concerns” to Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, the author of fast-moving legislation that would regulate popular daily fantasy sports games such as FanDuel and DraftKings. The two tribes, along with several card clubs, have been part of a coalition that has backed legislation in recent years to license and regulate online poker.
$16.6M Ruling Against Coushatta Tribe Vacated (LA – Court Cases)
American Press (February 11, 2016) A judgement awarding $16.6 million in damages, court costs and attorney fees to a Sulphur engineering firm from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana has been vacated and remanded back to the trial court by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.
House Panel Approves Gambling Deal, Senate Plan On Hold (FL – State Compacts)
NorthEscambia.com (February 10, 2016) A House panel on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a trio of gambling bills that would ratify a $3 billion deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe, do away with greyhound racing while allowing dog tracks to keep operating other games, and open the door for slot machines in Palm Beach County.
Decoupling Advances In Florida With Provisions For 'Purse Pools' (FL – State Compacts)
Paulick Report (February 11, 2016) Legislation that would permit Florida's horse and dog tracks to decouple those activities from their slot machines and card room licenses advanced after a House committee vote to approve three bills related to Gov. Rick Scott's compact with the powerful Seminole tribe that operates seven casinos in the state.
Menominee Tribe Elects New Leaders (WI – Tribal Leadership)
WBAY (February 9, 2016) The Menominee Tribe is under new leadership. The Menominee Tribal Legislature on Tuesday elected Joan Delabreau to serve as the tribe’s chairwoman. She succeeds chairman Gary Besaw.
Opinion: Indian Treaty Enforcement Could Benefit From Oregon Occupation (OR – Tribal Land)
People’s World (February 9, 2016) For years now the Burns Paiute Nation has engaged in herculean efforts to recover their lands wrongly taken, beginning with the valiant struggle of tribal activist Sarah Winnemuca in the 19th century. The issue of unceded land because of the non-ratification of treaties provides opportunities for the recovery of huge swathes of Indian land illegally taken in the era of western expansion.