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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, May 18, 2016

“Trust status grants our tribe full control of our land and its uses. With more land potentially being placed into trust status, we can pursue more housing for our citizens or create more jobs for our citizens through potential economic opportunities.” Joe Byrd, Cherokee Tribal Council Speaker, in the Muskogee Phoenix. --- “We look forward to restoring the path to self-sufficiency and having an opportunity to provide for our members and the local community,” Vickey Macias, Cloverdale Racheria Tribe, in the SFGate.
Land For Cloverdale Rancheria Tribe Makes Casino Possible (CA—Tribal Casino)
SFGate (May 17, 2016) Less than three years after the opening of the behemoth Graton Casino in Rohnert Park, another Sonoma County casino is on the horizon now that the Cloverdale Rancheria tribe appears to have a clear path to build a gaming facility.
Group Sues Over California Casino's Water Usage (CA—Tribal Casino)
Card Player (May 17, 2016) A tribal casino in California is facing a court challenge to its $160 million expansion from a group that says it will use too much extra water. The Chumash Casino Resort, a full-scale casino from the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Indians, is planning to open its expansion,
Nevada May Soon Allow Regulated Online Casino Games In Addition To Online Poker (NV—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 17, 2016) Online casino games could be authorized in Nevada if the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee follows through on the enthusiasm it showed during its meeting last Friday. The state currently allows online poker, but WSOP has an almost monopoly position after Ultimate Poker decided that the market wasn’t commercially viable.
Pennsylvania Online Gambling Proponents Look To June For Possible Legislative Movement (PA—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 17, 2016) A new report indicates a bill that would legalize Pennsylvania online gambling and poker will be back on the legislature’s agenda next month. The gambling expansion package that has been on the House floor since late last year appears to be coming off the sidelines.
Mississippi Governor Signs DFS Bill Into Law (MS—Fantasy Sports)
4Flush (May 17, 2016) Late last week, Phil Bryant, the Governor of Mississippi, officially signed SB 2541 into law. The bill will see daily fantasy sports legalized and regulated in the state, making Mississippi the 4th state in the US to pass legislation in regards to DFS gaming.
A New DFS Bill In New York Could Surface This Week (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Gambling Insider (May 17, 2016) Legislative efforts to legalise daily fantasy sports operators in New York appear to be picking up pace, meaning the long wrangling between New York general attorneys and the industry could be ending soon.
Can Casinos Apply For State Fantasy Sports Licenses And Offer Sports Betting? (US—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (May 17, 2016) In the winter, there were a variety of bills floating around state legislatures about the legalization and regulation of the daily fantasy sports industry. Now, several of those bills have become laws, with at least a few more likely on the way.
NATION: Local Tribes Added To Land Buyback Program (CA—Tribal News)
PE.com (May 17, 2016) Dozens of American Indian communities on Tuesday joined an initiative to return millions of acres of reservation land to the control of tribal governments as U.S. officials warned the $1.9 billion program will run out of money before the task is completed.
Tribal Council Approves Application For 800 Acres Of Tribal Land For Trust Status (OK—Tribal Casino)
Muskogee Phoenix (May 17, 2016) The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved Monday submitting more than 800 acres of tribal land to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be placed into “trust status,” a media release states. The 809.15 acres are located in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Nowata and Washington counties, and includes land that four of the tribe’s health centers are built on.
Tribal Council Member Jailed For Embezzlement (WA—Tribal News)
Courthouse News (May 17, 2016) A former Makah Tribal Council member will serve six months in prison for embezzling $30,000 from the tribe. Ryland Chad Bowechop, of Bellingham, was charged in June 2015 with one count of embezzling from an Indian tribal organization.
Governor, Lawmakers, Tribal Members Decry Monument Proposal (UT—Tribal News)
Washington Times (May 17, 2016) Gov. Gary Herbert, Republican lawmakers and about two dozen members of American Indian tribes say a possible national monument in the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah will close off the area and block tribal members from using the land.
American Indian Child 'Welfare' Law Under Fire (WA—Tribal News)
Fox News (May 17, 2016) A child-welfare law passed by Congress nearly four decades ago specifically to protect Native American children and preserve their cultural heritage is under attack from critics who claim the law is putting children in potentially dangerous situations that have led to abuse — and even death.