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Author John Grisham stirs up the National Indian Gaming Association

Author John Grisham has ruffled the feathers of the National Indian Gaming Association leaders. In a CBS interview promoting his new book “The Whistler,” Grisham made some overstatements including, “Ninety percent of all the money that comes in is in… Read more

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Casinos are in the wind again in Alabama

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only Indian tribe, has responded positively to the Governor’s new Gambling Advisory Council. The Governor failed to get a lottery through the legislature to solve a budget shortfall in the 2016 session, and… Read more

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The State of This Gambling Nation

Today I am surveying the state of the gambling enterprises in the U.S. The mainstay of gambling is the casinos. The most useful information about commercial casinos was from the State of the States, published by the American Gaming Association…. Read more

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Casino Stagnation

The carpet may be a little more garish, the machines a little fancier, and money a little easier to access from the casino floor. But basically they are still offering slots and table games. When the recession hit is 2008… Read more

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Casinos Ignite Indian War

War between Indian tribes was pretty much confined to the nineteenth century and earlier until the advent of casinos. It has returned, but this time fought in the courts rather than on the prairies or in the woods. The Grand… Read more

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Federal judge rules against MA tribe seeking casino

A Federal judge ruled on Tuesday, July 26 that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe inappropriately received permission from the Department of the Interior to build a billion dollar casino near Taunton, MA. The judge ruled that since the tribe was not… Read more

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New books on the current plight of Native Americans

The plight of Native Americans in the United States has once again caught the attention of journalists and writers. New books have come out that deal with real issues. Most of us are ignorant of what is happening to Native… Read more

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Connecticut ignores GE, lavishes attention on casinos

CONNECTICUT MISTAKE The Democratic leadership if Connecticut had a choice. They could lower the massive tax increases, reasonably, lower the “yawning” deficits, and clean up and clarify the murky budgeting process, or General Electric Co. would move its headquarters to… Read more

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Complicated Legal Situation in Connecticut

Despite the best efforts of state legislative research offices, and legislative staff members, laws are sometimes proposed and even passed which conflict. As society has become ever more complex the complications of conflicting laws increase. Connecticut is giving us one… Read more

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Letter to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Today, Stop Predatory Gambling sent a letter along with several groups urging Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to oppose efforts to bring a casino into the city of Kenosha.  The text of the letter is below. The link to the PDF… Read more

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US Supreme Court will decide tribal casino’s land-into-trust scheme

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act represents one of the biggest failures of U.S. policy in the last fifty years. Passed by Congress in 1988 under the guise of “economic development” for the country’s impoverished Native American tribes, IGRA has resulted… Read more

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“I would go to bed at night hoping the next day would be different … but it was never different.”

Sharon Oczkowski, a former bookkeeper at Eastern Star Home & Campus in Oriskany, New York, said in court Tuesday that the lure of gambling at the Turning Stone Resort Casino was too much for her, and she spent more than… Read more


Department of Interior goes off the reservation with latest decision

In a highly disappointing reversal of a prior decision, Larry Echo Hawk, the assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Department of Interior, announced the rule preventing Native American casino tribes from opening casinos far from their reservations has been… Read more


The latest on the “Carcieri Fix” effort

Check out the important news  report below from The Providence Journal: U.S. Senate to consider Indian tribe land trust bill A key Senate committee has voted unanimously to send to the full Senate a bill that would let the Narragansett… Read more


Native American tribes need to move beyond predatory businesses to make money

Robert Porter, president of the Seneca Nation of Indians based in New York state, told attendees at the Reservation Economic Summit organized by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development that tribes should go beyond tobacco and gambling to… Read more

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Take five minutes to help stop predatory slots

Native American casinos have been a driving force behind the massive expansion of predatory gambling that has overwhelmed the U.S. over the last twenty years. It’s happened in large part because so-called “Class II” slot machines, often called “electronic bingo… Read more

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Arizona House votes to allow Glendale to annex potential casino land away from Native American tribe

In what could be a signal of things to come for tribal casino interests in other states, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to allow the City of Glendale to annex 54 acres owned by the Tohono… Read more

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Arizona fights against push for urban casino

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed a legal brief Friday in support of Glendale’s challenge to a federal decision to designate land near the city’s sports and entertainment district as an Indian reservation. The Tohono O’odham Nation plans to build a casino and… Read more

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Governor-elect Cuomo must act against secret New York casino scheme

The New York Times reports that lame duck New York State Governor David Paterson is near an agreement with an out-of-state Indian tribe to build a full-scale casino in Sullivan County only 90 miles from Manhattan. As is typical with… Read more

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The push for more tribal casinos continues

This news article by a pro-tribal casino media source provides a window into the swirling political winds involving the intense push for off-reservation Indian casinos. Casino interests are now the biggest spending political players in America – six out of ten… Read more

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An Iceberg of Greed Sinking Foxwoods Casino

For more than ten years, Jeff Benedict has been one of the most articulate and politically astute leaders to stop predatory gambling in America. Today, he published a must read op-ed in The Hartford Courant about the dire situation facing… Read more

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How you pay even if you do not play

The federal government has awarded $54 million to Connecticut’s politically well-connected Mohegan Indian tribe, which operates one of the highest grossing casinos in the U.S. The Mohegan tribe, which owns the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., has been awarded… Read more

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Casino interests continue to use Native American tribes to force their way into communities

The New York Times is reporting the Obama administration has approved the Shinnecock Indians on Long Island for federal recognition on Tuesday, culminating a court battle lasting three decades and paving the way for the tribe to build a casino… Read more

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