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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Voting was typically done in polling places on the Navajo reservation, but in 2014, the county shut down the polling places and adopted a system of mail-in voting. But in San Juan County, the mailing ballots are written only in English, and they don’t provide any way to explain those ballots to Indian voters. Congress needs to act. If you don’t participate in the political process you are not only denied the benefits of government but you become the victims of government." Laughlin McDonald, a lawyer with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project who has argued many cases on behalf of Native Americans – most recently, Navajo Indians in San Juan County, Utah – in Voice of America News --- “It’s always positive to see casino revenues going up, and there were a lot of factors that combined to make February a good month. Compared to last year, the weather was great and with Leap Year, we had one extra day. We were very pleased with February’s results.” Matt Levinson, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, said of Atlantic City’s increase in gamblers and gaming revenue, in Las Vegas Review Journal --- “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to join the Commission and to be a part of its amazing and dedicated team. With the important work ahead of us, I look forward to collaborating with Chairman Chaudhuri and Commissioner Simermeyer as a partner with tribes and tribal regulators to ensure regulatory compliance and protect the integrity of the Indian gaming industry, which is a vital economic development tool for so many tribes.” Attorney and member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe Kathryn Isom-Clause said of her recent appointment to the National Indian Gaming Commission, in Indianz.com


Jamul Indian Village Still Waiting For Decision On Gaming Contract (CA – Tribal Casinos)
Indianz.com (March 14, 2016) The Jamul Indian Village of California plans to open a $390 million casino in July but the tribe is still waiting for approval of its gaming management contract.
Keynote Address And Leadership Discussion Expected To Highlight Annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow And Convention In Phoenix (AZ – Tribal Conference)
Native News Online (March 16, 2016) Tribal leaders, gaming professionals, industry experts and business people from across the globe are converging on Phoenix, Arizona to attend the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention on March 13 – 16, 2016.
National Indian Gaming Commission Finally Gets Its Third Member (DC – Gaming Commission)
Indianz.com (March 15, 2016) For the first time in a more than three years, the National Indian Gaming Commission is operating with a full slate. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 calls for three people to serve on the agency that regulates the tribal casino industry.
Amaya Reveals Net Loss For 2015 (Int. – Online Gaming)
Gambling Insider (March 15, 2016) PokerStars owner Amaya has reported a net loss of C$25.9m for 2015, down from net earnings of C$125.2m the previous year.
The PokerStars NJ March 16 Soft Launch: Everything You Need To Know (NJ – Online Gaming)
US Poker (March 14, 2016) On March 16, the PokerStars New Jersey online poker site will go live. Over the first five days, the site will be limited in its hours of operation and traffic as it goes through the “soft launch” phase.
New Jersey Online Poker Revenue Drops 7.3% In February (NJ – Online Gaming)
Poker Update (March 15, 2016) Online poker sites in New Jersey experienced a month-to-month revenue decrease of 7.3% in February, breaking a streak of four consecutive months of gains.
Atlantic City Casino Revenue Up 14.7 Percent In February (NJ – Gaming Revenue)
Las Vegas Review Journal (March 15, 2016) Atlantic City’s casinos won 14.7 percent more from gamblers in February than they did a year ago.
Connecticut Lawmakers Favor Fantasy Sports Regs (CT – Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Today (March 12, 2016) Connecticut lawmakers favor fantasy sports regsConnecticut is on a path to become the latest state to regulate the online fantasy sports industry.
Top Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Oppose N.J. Regulation Effort (NJ – Fantasy Sports)
NJ.com (March 15, 2016) A bill that would allow New Jersey to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports operations cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday. But A.J. Sabath, a representative of DraftKings, FanDuel, and the Fantasy Sports Association, told the panel that the companies and organization are against the legislation because it does not specify whether daily fantasy sports are games of skill or chance.
MGM Resorts International Recognized As Top Corporation For Women Business Enterprises (US – Casino Business)
YogoNet.com (March 15, 2016) The "Top Corporations" list is the only national award program honoring corporations for leading supplier diversity initiatives that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses.
Native American Groups Defend Their Right to Vote (WA – Tribal Politics)
Voice of America News (March 15, 2016) When Americans go to the polls this November to elect the next U.S. president, Native American groups worry that many of their members will be turned away from the ballot box.