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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 26, 2016

“Students have been fined and not allowed to graduate because of a feather. We are not doing this to be disrespectful. We just want to show pride, and we should be allowed to celebrate our heritage.” Sophia John, reigning Coushatta Tribal princess and senior at Elton High School, which reversed its decision on allowing Native American students to wear eagle feathers during graduation, in The Times Picayune --- “This comes from a need to serve our Latino community. But regular bingo players have also been playing, so we’ve had a neat integration of cultures.” Station Casino spokeswoman Rosana Romero on hosting lotería bingo games, in The Las Vegas Sun


Yurok Tribes Endorses Staffer For Supervisor (CA – Tribal Politics)
Del Norte Triplicate (April 25, 2016) The Yurok Tribe has endorsed Terri Colton for District 5 in the June 7 primary election for Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.
Management Contracts Are Key To Tribal Casino Industry Growth (CA – Gaming Finance)
Global Gaming Business Magazine (April 21, 2016) Mashpee Wampanoag Indians recently contracted with the Genting Group of Malaysia to finance and manage their $1 billion First Light Resort & Casino. A similar partnership between the Jamul Indian Village in California and Penn National Gaming of Pennsylvania is developing the $390 million Hollywood Jamul Casino 20 miles east of San Diego.
Horseracing Industry Offers California Poker Bill Unbridled Support (CA – Internet Poker)
Cards Chat News (April 25, 2016) California’s horse racing industry has officially thrown its weight behind Assemblyman Adam Gray’s online poker bill (AB 2863). Nine industry leaders wrote to Gray last week to pledge support for the bill, which is due to receive a hearing of the California’s Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization on Wednesday.
Oregon Lottery Ad Campaign Pulled Following Criticism From Coquille Tribe (OR – State Lotteries)
KCBY 11 (April 25, 2016) The latest Oregon Lottery ad campaign is being pulled from the airwaves in response to criticism from the Coquille Tribe. In a letter to the director of the Oregon Lottery, tribal leaders described the ads as "offensive and insensitive."
GAN Seals New Social Casino Deal With Southwestern US Tribal Casino (US – Tribal Casinos)
Gaming Intelligence (April 25, 2016) London-listed gaming supplier GAN has signed a deal to provide its Simulated Gaming social casino product to an unnamed partner in the Southwestern US region, with the company described as one of the largest Native American casino operators in the country.
Washington Hires New Jersey Consultants For Gambling Study (WA – Gaming Studies)
Fox Q13 (April 25, 2016) A Washington state agency has hired New Jersey consultants to prepare an economic market study on gambling in the state.
Exchange Wagering A Step Closer In New Jersey (NJ – Racetrack Betting)
Thoroughbred Daily News (April 25, 2016) Exchange wagering will likely make its debut in the U.S. when live racing returns to Monmouth Park in May after the New Jersey track and Betfair reached a five-year agreement earlier this week.
Mexican Version Of Bingo Attracts New Faces To Locals Casinos (NV – Bingo Gaming)
Las Vegas Sun (April 25, 2016) This month and next, Texas Station and Boulder Station are offering lotería for the first time in the casinos’ 22-year histories. Dictated in Spanish and repeated in English, the game was added to reach the casinos’ Hispanic and Spanish-speaking clients.
AGA's Geoff Freeman To Discuss New Approach To US Sports Betting At iGaming Super Show (US – Sports Betting)
iGaming Business (April 25, 2016) Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the American Gaming Association, will be discussing the US casino trade body’s plans to push for a new approach to legalized and licensed sports betting in the US at the iGaming Executive Conference in Amsterdam on 8 June.
Work Begins Downtown On Seneca Nation 'Energy Station' (NY – Tribal Enterprise)
Niagara Gazette (April 25, 2016) A representative of the Seneca Nation confirmed Friday that construction has begun on the organization’s planned Niagara Street “energy station.”
Redskins Ask Supreme Court To Review Trademark Case (DC – Tribal Images)
The Washington Post (April 26, 2016) The Washington Redskins have asked the Supreme Court to review their appeal of a federal judge’s July ruling that upheld the cancellation of their trademark. But there’s a catch: the team only wants the high court to consider its case if it takes up a similar one involving a band called “The Slants.”
Louisiana School Reverses Ban On Native Americans Wearing Eagle Feathers At Graduation (LA – Tribal Images)
The Times Picayune (April 24, 2016) The school board in Jefferson Davis Parish has changed its mind after initially refusing to allow Native American students to wear eagle feathers as part of their graduation garb.