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Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino losing about $1 million a day during shutdown

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino losing about $1 million a day during shutdown

COARSEGOLD, Calif. (KFSN) – This Sunday was a busy one for tribal leaders working to reopen the Chukchansi Gold resort and Casino. The building has been under a federal shutdown since a violent takeover that led to a lockdown on Thursday. Every day the resort is shut down, they’re losing roughly $1 million in revenue; […]

Buena Vista Rancheria wants to intervene in gaming land suit

Buena Vista Rancheria wants to intervene in gaming land suit

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday for permission to join a long-running lawsuit that challenges the tribe’s gaming plans. In 2004, the tribe entered into a Class III gaming compact with the state of California to operate a casino on its reservation. The Bureau of […]

Loan lawsuit filed against Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana

Loan lawsuit filed against Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana

In the midst of political turmoil and a scandalous federal investigation of corruption and embezzlement at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, the Chippewa Cree Tribe now faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming the tribe defaulted on loan payments. BEH Gaming Ltd. of Florida filed a lawsuit in state District Court in Havre asking state District Judge […]

Muscogee (Creek) Nation official pleads guilty to embezzlement – Tulsa World

Muscogee (Creek) Nation official pleads guilty to embezzlement – Tulsa World

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s second chief has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling approximately $150,000 from the tribe, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said Thursday. In his guilty plea, Roger Dana Barnett, 53, of Bristow admitted that from April 2013 to April 2014 he embezzled more than $1,000 from a Creek Nation direct-assistance fund established […]

Ute Tribe accuses assistant A.G. of making ‘overtly racist’ statements

Ute Tribe accuses assistant A.G. of making ‘overtly racist’ statements

FORT DUCHESNE, Uintah County — Ute tribal leaders have called on Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes to condemn arguments made in federal court last month by an attorney in Reyes’ office. Randy Hunter, an assistant attorney general representing the state in a long-running legal fight with the tribe over criminal and civil […]

Hearing continues in Tiguas gaming case, state seeks shutdown of Speaking Rock

Hearing continues in Tiguas gaming case, state seeks shutdown of Speaking Rock

A hearing on whether a federal judge will hold the Tiguas in contempt for allegedly violating state gambling laws continues today, but it is unclear when the judge will rule.The hearing, which included testimony from undercover investigators, began Monday in U.S. District Court in Downtown El Paso. Officials with the Texas Attorney General’s Office are […]

Law Article: Court won’t force arbitration in Indian lending case

Law Article: Court won’t force arbitration in Indian lending case

Attorney discusses decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Inetianbor v. CashCall, a case involving a defunct online lender that was based on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota: The arbitration clause at issue in Inetianbor was a bit unusual (at least as to the specified forum), but the underlying dispute […]

New York state Can Ban High-Interest Tribal Loans, Circuit Rules

New York state Can Ban High-Interest Tribal Loans, Circuit Rules

New York state can continue to block Native American tribes from offering high-interest, short-term loans to New Yorkers over the Internet, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a judge’s decision to deny a preliminary injunction that would have allowed two out-of-state tribes to avoid prosecution […]

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