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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, May 12, 2016

“There should be clear rules of the road that lay out where DFS is going to be legal, how it is going to be regulated, and how consumers are going to be protected." George Freeman, president and chief executive of the American Gaming Association, in New Jersey.com. --- “This nation-to-nation agreement honors the work of the late Elouise Cobell and will restore tribal homelands for the benefit of current and future Blackfeet tribal members,” Sally Jewel, US Secretary of the Interior, in the Glacier Report.

Final Steel Beam Of Buffalo Creek Casino Expansion Set Into Place (NY—Casino Expansions)
TWCNews (May 11, 2016) The Seneca Nation took a chance when no one else did, and after breaking ground just four months ago, the final steel beam was put in place Wednesday on the Buffalo Creek Casino expansion.
Lobbying Field Day On Indian Gaming Bill Continues (AZ—Tribal Gaming)
Politico (May 11, 2016) The heavily lobbied Arizona Indian gaming bill, which failed last fall, might make yet another comeback. According to a PI tipster, the measure is on a list at the Rules Committee and could come up before the July recess. Though it failed to garner two-thirds to pass on suspension, there was a simple majority.
Colorado Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Passed To Governor (CO—Fantasy Sports)
Gambling Insider (May 11, 2016)  Colorado has become the fifth state the pass a bill regulating fantasy sports in 2016, sending the bill to Govenor John Hickenlooper to sign into law. Last Friday, the Colorado Senate passed an amended version of Bill H 1404 by a majority of 26-7. The House then concurred with the amendments at the beginning of this week, voting in favour of the bill 45-19.
Could Daily Fantasy Games Lead To Sports Betting In Atlantic City? (NJ—Fantasy Sports)
NJ.com (May 11, 2016) 1992 federal law banned sports betting in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. Pallone and U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.) have introduced legislation to change the law and allow New Jersey to offer sports betting. That would pave the way for sports betting in Atlantic City, which state officials have sought for years.
Congressional Hearing Fails To Move Daily Fantasy Sports Needle In Either Direction (US—Fantasy Sports)
Calvinayre (May 11, 2016) The US House of Representatives held its first hearing on daily fantasy sports, but the outcome failed to shed much light on the issue or provide any indication that Congress plans to take any concrete action – pro or con – on the issue.
Congress Putting Daily Fantasy Sports Games Under Scrutiny (US—Fantasy Sports)
Herald Times Online (May 11, 2016) Congress on Wednesday launched a fact-finding mission into the loosely regulated world of fantasy sports games — a multibillion-dollar business that seemingly advertised everywhere during the pro football season.
Oregon School District Latest To Jettison Native American Mascot, Imagery (OR—Tribal Mascots)
OPB (May 11, 2016) Oregon school districts have the option to seek the approval of a nearby tribe to keep a Native American-themed team name, but Warrenton Superintendent Mark Jeffery recommended against that course.
Tribal Effort For Tourism Makes Sense (ND—Tribal News)
Bismarck Tribune (May 11. 2016) North Dakota tribes want to organize to promote tourism. It’s an effort that makes sense and will benefit the entire state. There’s a lot of interest in Native American culture in this country and abroad. It’s not unusual to find European tourists on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation or Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, so it’s only logical to try to increase the numbers.
A Victory for Indigenous Rights Over Fossil Fuel Greed (WA—Tribal News)
Green Peace (May 11, 2016) This Monday, the Obama administration’s Army Corps of Engineers honored the treaty rights of the Lummi Nation and denied a critical permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal in Washington state.
US Legal System A Weapon Against Native Peoples (US—Tribal News)
Indian Country Today Media Network (May 11, 2016) Harvard Law School left him ill-equipped to serve his tribe effectively in any legal capacity, said Robert Odawi Porter, keynote speaker at the April 29 “Native Peoples, Native Politics” conference at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Porter was attorney general and later president of the Seneca Nation.
Cherokee Moves Toward Marijuana Legalization (US—Tribal News)
Smokey Mountain News (May 11, 2016) Cherokee took another step along the road toward legalizing medicinal marijuana with a vote last week to start drafting legislation that would let the drug be produced and prescribed on the Qualla Boundary.
Secretary Jewell And Sen. Tester Announce Beginning Of Land Buy-Back Program For Tribes (US—Tribal News)
Cutbank Pioneer Press (May 11, 2016)  It was a perfect day for officials of the Blackfeet Nation to welcome Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday, May 3. She began her visit privately meeting with the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, while gathering crowds awaited in All Chiefs Park.