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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 19, 2016

“This $76 million expansion of the Gun Lake Casino will be a significant economic benefit, by providing more employment and career opportunities to many people in our community and possible greater revenue distribution from payments in lieu of taxes to the affected area local governments.” Michigan’s Hopkins Township Supervisor Mark Evans, in Michigan Live --- “Harmful stereotypes affect students' lives, day in, day out.” William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and an Oglala-Sicangu Lakota, said of Colorado’s efforts to eliminate Native American mascots, in SF Gate
California Online Poker Hearing Set For April 27 (CA – Internet Poker)
Card Player (April 18, 2016) On Wednesday, April 27, California will hold another online poker hearing in hopes of beginning the process of ending a political stalemate on the issue that has lasted years. The hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. local time in Sacramento, and it will take place in the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization.
Jamul Indian Village Gets Green Light From County For Gaming Agreement (CA – Tribal Casinos)
World Casino News (April 18, 2016) On Wednesday, a formal agreement between the Jamul Indian Village and San Diego County regarding the tribe’s long-planned casino on its reservation was approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Ridgecrest City Council To Talk To Timbisha Shoshone Tribe (CA – Tribal Casinos)
The Daily Indendent (The Ridgecrest City Council at their meeting Wednesday will decide whether or not to authorize City Manager Dennis Speer to execute a municipal service agreement with the Timbisha Shoshone tribe as a preliminary to building an Indian gaming casino in Ridgecrest.
Amaya Hires DC Lobbyist (DC – Insider Trading)
The Hill (April 19, 20160 Amaya Services, a Canadian online gaming company recently facing charges of insider trading, hired CSA Strategies to work issues related to the licensing of Internet gaming and poker. Now lobbying on its behalf is Alejandro Urrea, former counsel to the House Financial Services Committee.
Judge Says Tribe Can Intervene In Casino Case (WI – Tribal Casinos)
Courthouse News (April 18, 2016) Wisconsin's Menominee Indians have standing to intervene in another tribe's dispute over a casino contract, the D.C. federal court ruled. The Potawatomi tribe sued the federal government and the U.S. Department of Interior in January 2015, challenging their rejection of an amendment to a gaming compact between the tribe and the state of Wisconsin.
Argosy Asks Supreme Court To Review Ruling That Upheld Casino Closure (IA – Court Cases)
Sioux City Journal (April 19, 2016) Lawyers for the operator of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino have taken what could be the final step in their case against state gambling regulators and the casino's former local partner.
Casino Expansion Will Likely Boost Revenues For Schools, Communities (MI – Casino Expansion)
Michigan Live (April 18, 2016) A $76 million expansion of the Gun Lake Casino that began in January is expected to bring more customers, attract big-name entertainers, and lead to the hiring of 100 new employees, according to James Nye, the spokesman for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe).
United States To Examine DFS Issues In May Committee Hearing (DC – Fantasy Sports)
Yogonet International (April 18, 2016) The United States Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade is planning a May 11 hearing on daily fantasy sports.
Iowa Governor: Regulators Should Study 'Fantasy Sports' Prize Policy (IA – Fantasy Sports)
Radio Iowa (April 18, 2016) Governor Branstad says legislators should table a bill that would allow Iowans to legally claim the substantial prize money in online “fantasy sports” competitions.
International Game Technology Signs Deal With Yakama Nation Legends Casino To Improve Product Proposition (WA – Gaming Business)
Sonoran Weekly Review (April 18, 2016) International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) said it reached an agreement with Yakama Nation Legends Casino to improve the Washington property’s IGT Advantage casino management systems.
Tribal CEO Recognized For Entrepreneurial Success (ND – Tribal Enterprise)
The Bismarck Tribune (April 19, 2016) The U.S. Small Business Administration named Clarence O’Berry, CEO of Mandaree Enterprises LLC, recipient of its Entrepreneurial Success Award for 2016. Mandaree Enterprises, owned and operated by the Three Affiliated Tribes, was honored for its sustained success in growth, innovation and community engagement.
Wis. Tribe Pushes For Hemp Crop OK Over DEA Objections (WI – Tribal Enterprise)
Law 360 (April 18, 2016) The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin continued to press a federal court Monday to declare that it has the right to grow hemp for agricultural and academic research purposes, saying the federal government was trying to delay the resolution of its suit.
Colorado Schools, Indian Tribe Come Together Over Controversial Mascots (CO – Tribal Images)
Colorado Public Radio (April 18, 2016) For years students at Strasburg High east of Denver have called themselves the "Indians" on the football field and the volleyball court. But recently names like that have drawn criticism nationwide and some in the school community wanted to know if the nickname is offensive to Indians who used to live in Colorado.
Colorado Panel Urges Schools To Drop Native American Mascots (CO – Tribal Images)
SF Gate (April 18, 2016) Colorado officials and tribal leaders are urging public schools to eliminate Native American mascots unless they partner with tribes, calling it a unique way to address a national debate over what many consider derogatory symbols in high schools and sports such as the National Football League.