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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, March 22, 2016

“The changes we’re making come out of what we’ve observed about the game. This is not a direct response to any legal pressure. We don’t have any intention to stop. We really see that our season-long and our daily platform play nicely together.” Yahoo Sports Head of Product Michael LaGuardia said of Yahoo Daily Fantasy’s three changes to their platform, in Yahoo! Finance --- “Yahoo believes that its contests are lawful, and we will continue to assess the legal environment for daily fantasy sports while providing a compelling fantasy sports experience for all of our users.” A Yahoo spokesman confirmed that the company will suspend offering daily fantasy contests to the residents of New York pending further review, in The Wall Street Journal

Picayune Wants To Intervene On North Fork Gaming Compact Suit (CA – State Compacts)
Law360 (March 21, 2016) The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians urged a California federal court Friday to let the tribe intervene in another tribe’s suit against the state over alleged bad faith negotiating tactics, saying the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ proposed gaming compact threatens the Picayune Rancheria’s financial livelihood.
Supreme Court Asked By California To Hear Pauma Band Compact Case (CA – State Compacts)
World Casino News (March 22, 2016) On October 26, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of California owes the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians $36.2 million and declined to rehear the suit. Now, California is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Class III gaming compact dispute.
Decades-Old Murder Rap Ends Yurok Tribal Chair's Run (CA – Tribal Leadership)
Courthouse News Service (March 21, 2016) Yurok Tribal Chair James Dunlap resigned this past week after news of his decades-old conviction for murdering his infant daughter resurfaced via social media, Northern California news outlets reported.
San Manuel Salutes Four Groups (CA – Tribal Relations)
The Press Enterprise (March 22, 2016) Four groups will be honored Tuesday, March 22, for their community contributions by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The eighth annual Yawa: Forging Hope Awards, which will be hosted by Discovery Channel star Ariel Tweto, at the National Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino.
Part Choctaw Nation Girl To Be Taken From Santa Clarita Foster Home Monday (CA – Indian Children Welfare Act)
Inquisitr (March 21, 2016) A 6-year-old girl is set to be removed from her foster home in Santa Clarita sometime Monday to be sent to live with extended family in Utah, her foster father said, due to the fact she has 1.5 percent native American blood. The Utah family also has no native American blood, but is from the child’s extended non-blood relatives.
Yahoo Makes Big Changes To Its Daily Fantasy Sports Platform (US – Fantasy Sports)
Yahoo! Finance (March 22, 2016) While daily-fantasy sports platforms DraftKings and FanDuel have spent months under scrutiny from state lawmakers, Yahoo has been a quiet No. 3 player in the same market. And now it is making three significant changes to its daily fantasy product in the name of fairness and as a competitive advantage.
FanDuel, DraftKings Reach Settlement With New York Attorney General (NY – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (March 21, 2016) FanDuel and DraftKings have reached a settlement with the office of the New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman following a months-long legal saga. The news was announced via a press conference held by the NY AG’s office.
Yahoo Agrees To Shut Down Fantasy Sports In New York – For Now (NY – Fantasy Sports)
The Wall Street Journal (March 22, 2016) Yahoo also rolled out new measures for its other fantasy sports operations. Yahoo Inc. agreed Tuesday to shut down its daily fantasy sports operations in New York, a day after FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. did the same by settling with the state attorney general’s office.
Ex-Gov. Can Weigh In On Slots Case, Fla. Justices Say (FL – Court Cases)
Law360 (March 21, 2016) The Florida Supreme Court will consider an amicus brief from Bob Graham in which the ex-governor and former U.S. senator plans to argue that a Native American tribe shouldn't be allowed to install slot machines at a horse-racing track, according to a Monday order.
Opinion: A Decision to Survive – Trends for Tribal Gaming  (NV – Tribal Gaming)
Pechanga.net (March 22, 2016) As Tribal Gaming enters a transition period, toward things like diversified business models as a strategic response to change consumer psychographics, it is important that we keep these three goals top of mind. The importance of Tribal casinos as the primary economic engine for delivering on these three goals cannot be understated. As such, Indian Gaming is about much more than making money; the industry is really an overdue means to an end for American’s first people.
Winnebago Tribe’s Casino Goes All-In On IP Video Surveillance (IA – Casino Security)
Security Sales and Integration (March 21, 2016) The WinnaVegas Casino Resort recently pushed its chips into a major facilities expansion. It raised the stakes, gambling on the ability to integrate an existing analog surveillance system with new networked cameras and VMS — and won big.
Winnebago Group Calls For Indictments Against Former Council Members (NB – Court Cases)
Lincoln Journal Star (March 21, 2016) Some Winnebago tribal members are calling on federal law enforcement agencies to indict nine former tribal council members and two former tribal casino workers they accuse of theft and corruption.
Pokerstars Goes Live In New Jersey With Resorts As Partner (NJ – Internet Poker)
Press of Atlantic City (March 21, 2016) A crowd turned its attention from the traditional poker and craps tables at Resorts Casino Hotel to its iGaming Lounge on Monday, as casino and PokerStars officials announced the Internet gambling giant’s return to the U.S. market.