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  • Kenosha Casino yet to be approved, recruits workers September 15, 2014 KENOSHA, Wis. —Kenosha Casino is already recruiting workers to fill open positions, there’s just one problem: the casino is yet to be approved for construction. That hasn’t stopped Hard Rock Hotels & Casino Kenosha from promoting job openings for management, engineering, technical support, food service and more. “I think it’s a great step in bringing more information to people,” said state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, who represents the Kenosha area. Kerkman said many are already asking about the casino ...
  • Newsmaker Q&A: Paul Seamans, opponent of Keystone XL pipeline September 15, 2014 As the company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline prepares to reapply for permits in South Dakota, a bevy of opponents, from environmental advocates to Native American tribes, are pledging to fight back. Among the opponents fighting TransCanada’s project is Paul Seamans, the 67-year old chairman of Dakota Rural Action and a lifelong rancher in central South Dakota. Seaman reluctantly signed a deal to host a 1.5-mile segment of the pipeline on his property if it ...
  • Poarch Band of Creek Indian’s Gaming compact financial returns: A great unknown September 15, 2014 If they haven’t yet gone all in on a gaming compact, state leaders don’t seem willing to fold on the idea either, particularly as deficit of up to $200 million looms in the General Fund budget. But both the state and Poarch Band officials say they don’t know the answer to one critical question — how much a compact with Alabama’s only federally recognized tribe would actually bring to the state. • “I personally have had no ...
  • Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo’s River Rock Casino woes mount as casino revenue is cut in half September 15, 2014 Losses at River Rock, Sonoma County’s first Indian casino, are even greater than anticipated, with revenues down 50 percent since the opening of Graton Resort and Casino next to Rohnert Park, according to tribal leaders. The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo, which owns River Rock, blames competition from the bigger, glitzier casino to the south for cutting business in half at the older, more remote facility near Geyserville. Tribal leaders say the Graton casino has ...
  • Are Second-Round Payments for Cobell Coming Soon? September 15, 2014 UPDATE: Checks are scheduled to be start being mailed this week. Hopefully, but we shall see. The Court has approved the payment now so it should be good to go. I still question how much interest monies class members lost since the award of $1.9bil to actual distribution date. But no seems to really care right now. Afterwards once the payment has been received, it may be an issues. Editor, Roundhouse Talk Once again, the second ...
  • Indianz.Com > Jay Daniels: Still waiting on that final Cobell settlement payment September 15, 2014 UPDATE: Looks like payments really are coming very soon for most Cobell Trust Administration Class Members. Jay Daniels of Round House Talk News discusses some of the problems affecting the distribution of the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement: The Garden City Group (“GCG”) has reported that DOI has not completed the determination of addresses for those individuals coded “Whereabouts Unknown.” GCG reports there are about 30,000 “Whereabouts Unknown.” Who is right ...
  • UAB Magazine – Alabama’s Lost Tribe September 15, 2014 Thirty years ago, UAB alumna Jacqueline Matte went out to the Choctaw reservation in southwest Alabama in search of a story. What she found has haunted her ever since, fueling decades of interviews, investigations, and heartache. Nine years ago, UAB anthropologist Loretta Cormier, Ph.D., joined the struggle. Separately and together, Matte and Cormier have fought through swamps both literal and legal, seeking clues to one of the great vanishing acts in Alabama history. It is ...
  • 3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Reported Near Enid September 14, 2014 ENID, Oklahoma - The United States Geological Survey reported an earthquake near Enid, Sunday morning. A 3.6 magnitude earthquake was reported at 7:01 a.m., 15 miles north, northwest of Enid and 47 miles west of Ponca City. The depth was over one mile. There are no reports of major injury or damage at this time. According to the USGS, earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest ones felt by humans. Damage is more ...
  • After phenomenal growth at Cherokee casino, there’s more to come – Tulsa World September 14, 2014 CATOOSA — The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is planning a massive development that will attract a whole new demographic of people who aren’t necessarily interested in gambling at all. No, not the one announced last week. “We have plans beyond what was just announced,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, although he won’t say what those plans are. “I don’t want to spill the beans, but there’s another untapped market that ...
  • Governor Dalrymple Visits New Plant in Belcourt at Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation September 14, 2014 Like much of North Dakota, Belcourt and the Turtle Mountain Region really needs housing. Turtle Mountain Tribal Chairman Richard McCloud says, “We can build 100 homes a month for 10 years and we probably still wouldn’t have enough homes. “ But today’s visit from Governor Jack Dalrymple showed that that’s all about to change. An old manufacturing plant has been converted into a facility to produce parts for modular housing. Governor Dalrymple says, “To have a new company ...
  • The United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit to Video Stream High-Profile Cases September 14, 2014 Two high-profile cases to be heard next week by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be available for Internet viewing via live video streaming from the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco. On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m., the court will hear oral arguments in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. State of California, in which the state appeals the summary judgment by the U.S. District Court for ...
  • Chinook salmon seen in upper Elwha River for first time in 102 years — Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily news September 14, 2014 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The sight of a chinook resting quietly by the bank of the Upper Elwha River was one that Mel Elofson had awaited for 56 years and worked toward for 20. It was the first sighting of a salmon above the Glines Canyon Dam site in 102 years. “It was awesome,” he said. EDITOR’S NOTE — See related story today, “Raft trip on Elwha River shows its newly untamed nature.“ The river’s once-legendary salmon runs had ...
  • Group protests City Council deal with tribe to build casino in Glendale, AZ September 14, 2014   GLENDALE, Ariz. - Controversy is brewing over a new casino which is expected to be built near 91st Avenue and Northern by the Tohono O’odham Nation. Now some federal lawmakers from Arizona may write legislation to try and stop it. Members of Glendale Citizens for Voice and Choice are expected to announce on Friday that they’ve collected 13,000 signatures and protest the way the Glendale City Council approved the casino. The group says the council did not tell ...
  • ND tribe members call for release of investigation into business dealing of tribal leader September 14, 2014 WILLISTON, North Dakota — Members of North Dakota’s oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation are calling for the results of an investigation into the business dealings of the tribes’ chairman to be made public just days before he faces off against five challengers in a primary election. Earlier this year, the tribes’ elected body, the Tribal Business Council, hired a law firm to conduct an investigation into chairman Tex Hall’s business dealings with companies operating on ...
  • Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Water Warriors Rally at Trinity River Fish Hatchery September 14, 2014 On a very hot day, August 27, over 200 Tribal Members and Leaders, river advocates and politicians attended a day of celebration on the Trinity River below Lewiston Dam. It was a day that the Bureau of Reclamation designated as a “Multicultural Day,“ so the Hoopa Valley Tribe organized an event to demonstrate the impacts of water diversion on their culture and the river communities. It was also a day for giving thanks and celebrating culture and ...
  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians votes to keep new leaders September 14, 2014 CORNING >> In an election to decide who should lead the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, which owns Rolling Hills Casino and had been embroiled in a leadership dispute since April, the tribe overwhelmingly voted to keep ousted members off the tribe’s governing council. Tribal treasurer Ambrosia Rico announced that members voted 138-61 to keep new leaders — vice chairwoman Latisha Miller, secretary Andrew Alejandre, member at large Natasha Magana, and Rico — in place. The ...
  • Jemez Pueblo considering bulldozing, putting toll booths on popular highway September 13, 2014 JEMEZ PUEBLO, New Mexico — Jemez Pueblo leaders who are tired of seeing traffic speed through their northern New Mexico village say they are considering either bulldozing a popular state highway or putting up toll booths. Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena tells the Associated Press the tribe has been seeking state and federal funding for a 5-mile bypass project for the past 60 years, but those efforts have not been successful. Highway 4 was built in 1938, without ...
  • Why the Miccosukee’s Want Judge Cooke Off the Bench in Sanctions Case September 13, 2014 U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke’s impatience with attorney Bernardo Roman III was apparent during an extended hearing to determine if she should sanction him and his client, the Miccosukee tribe. At times, her comments were couched in homespun sayings, such as when she told Roman, “You need to sit with your client and decide is this the best way to run a railroad.” Other times, Cooke was more direct: “I am beyond perplexed and bordering ...
  • Ex-manager for Shingle Springs Band’s casino told to pay $2.4M September 13, 2014 The former casino manager for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians of California has been told to pay $2.4 million as part of a dispute that went into arbitration. Lakes Entertainment ran the Red Hawk Casino under a gaming management contract. The deal ended when the tribe bought out the agreement for $57.1 million last year. As a result, Lakes stopped making payments to Jerry Argovitz, who was an investor in the tribe’s casino. ...
  • Tejon tribe members hold protest September 13, 2014 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Members of the Tejon tribe took part Friday in a peaceful protest for what they’re calling a lack of response from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They say more than 600 people were intentionally left out of reaffirmation. “All Indian people deserve justice. That is what we are seeking,” said protester Delia Dominguez. “We are not interested in a casino, we’re not interested in any of those endeavors that they have been involved ...
  • ND tribe members call for release of investigation – Washington Times September 13, 2014 WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Members of North Dakota’s oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation are calling for the results of an investigation into the businessdealings of the tribes’ chairman to be made public just days before he faces off against five challengers in a primary election. Earlier this year, the tribes’ elected body, the Tribal Business Council, hired a law firm to conduct an investigation into chairman Tex Hall’s business dealings with companies operating on the ...
  • Oklahoma Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher September 13, 2014 Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue. The wage boosts have occurred over the past few years, even as state lawmakers were working on legislation to prevent minimum wage increases. This spring, the legislature passed Senate Bill 1023, by state Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. The bill prevents ...
  • Northern Michigan native tribe plans annual release of young sturgeon into Big Manistee River September 13, 2014 MANISTEE, Michigan — The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is conducting its annual sturgeon release this weekend at the Big Manistee River. Young sturgeon will be released Saturday at 2:30 p.m., following a half-hour ceremony. It will be held at the Rainbow Bend access site, where the tribe has its sturgeon rearing station. The public is invited to attend the events. At 1 p.m., there will be a tour of the rearing facility and activities for ...
  • Groups sue over oil shipments in older rail cars September 12, 2014 SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills. The lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics says the agency failed to respond to a legal petition the groups filed in July. That petition sought an emergency order to prohibit ...
  • Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Partnership brings casino to area September 12, 2014 The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat could soon be coming to Southeast Kansas. Phil Ruffin, owner of the vacant Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac, has partnered with the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to bring a casino to the area, where Camptown sits now. Camptown Park has sat vacant for nearly 20 years, after being open for only six months in 1995. The park closed down and filed for bankruptcy in 1996. If ...
  • Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez September 12, 2014 As a judge for the Spirit Lake Nation and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a new resident on southwestern North Dakota, I’m witnessing a frightening trend in Indian country. The oil boom is harming Native communities far beyond the Bakken. Impoverished reservations are flooded with cash thanks to lease money distributed to land beneficiaries on the Fort Berthold Reservation and their descendants living in outlying Native communities. Western society would tell us that this influx of ...
  • Judge: Pueblo, feds can negotiate gambling pact September 12, 2014 Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker declined Thursday to grant an injunction sought by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration that would have stopped the U.S. Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico. Pojoaque Pueblo, which operates Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino and Cities of Gold Casino near Santa Fe, is seeking a gaming compact through the Interior Department, claiming the Martinez administration had not negotiated a ...
  • Missing Section Of Nez Perce Trail Holds Little-Known Part Of History September 12, 2014 Now the federal government and Northwest Tribes are trying to fix that with a new historic site. You may have heard about the Nez Perce’s epic 1,200-mile flight through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in 1877. The U.S. Army caught up with them before they could reach Canada. And in history books and documentaries, the story usually ends with the tribe being forced to surrender just 42 miles from the border — and freedom. But in fact, ...
  • Sen. Tester applauds approval of final Cobell settlement payout September 12, 2014 Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) welcomed a federal judge’s decision to distribute the final payment in the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. As chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester had been pushing the Obama administration and the Garden City Group — the firm that was appointed by the court to administer the settlement — to expedite the payments. He said Indian beneficiaries waited far too long to receive their money. “This is welcome ...
  • Fall chinook set daily records at Bonneville, but short of forecast for season September 12, 2014 BONNEVILLE DAM — It’s crowded in the fish ladders this week at Bonneville Dam. A record-setting 67,521 fall chinook salmon passed over the Columbia River dam on Monday, besting the record set the day before and bringing this season total to 435,135 and counting. Despite the daily records, the fall chinook are not on track to hit the 1.5 million fish run that scientists predicted for 2014. “Currently, it looks like we are not going to get that ...
  • Joint tribal business council dissolved – Washington Times September 12, 2014 CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Northern Arapaho Business Council has decided to dissolve the Shoshone and Arapaho Joint Business Council. The joint council provided a forum for communication between the two tribes that share the Wind River Reservation. But Northern Arapaho officials say the panel created barriers to the tribe’s economic development and often wasted time. The Northern Arapaho Business Council says it will maintain communication with the Eastern Shoshone on all other committees and boards on ...
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians leader: Nestle bottled water plant a good partner September 12, 2014 The chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians said Thursday that the Nestle bottled water factory in Cabazon is using water sustainably and responsibly, and that it provides important economic benefits for the area. Tribal Chairman Robert Martin defended a policy of not releasing water usage data in the Cabazon area, saying that as in many parts of California, local water users – including the tribe and others – haven’t been required to report such ...
  • Tribe redesigns plans on Durant casino expansion to avoid delays in $275 million project September 11, 2014 DURANT, Oklahoma — Officials with the Choctaw Nation say a new hotel at the tribe’s casino and resort in Durant will be eight stories shorter in height than originally planned. The tribe initially planned a 22-story hotel as part of a $275 million expansion to its Choctaw Casino and Resort. But the tribe said this week that the hotel tower is being redesigned to have 14 stories instead. Tribe spokeswoman Judy Allen tells the Durant Daily Democrat ...
  • TALLAHASSEE: Judge backs Seminole Tribe of Florida in state tax dispute September 11, 2014 TALLAHASSEE – A federal judge has sided with the Seminole Tribe of Florida in a dispute with the state Department of Revenue about utility and rental taxes on tribal property, including at casinos in Hollywood and Tampa. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola Jr., issued a 15-page ruling last week that said federal law prevents the state from collecting a utility tax on electricity that helps power tribal reservations. Also, he found that a state rental tax ...
  • Governor Says Tribal Compact Is Sticking Point With Kenosha Casino Section September 11, 2014 SOMERS — A proposed Menominee Nation off-reservation casino for Kenosha is still under review but remains stalled, according to Gov. Scott Walker. Walker, who was at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wednesday, said he wants the jobs the casino would bring to Kenosha. Walker said the casino plan, however, is complicated by past dealings in the form of tribal compacts, negotiated by then-Gov. Jim Doyle, that require the state to reimburse the Forest County Potawatomi to offset losses ...
  • Indian Nations Law Focus–September, 2014 | The National Law Review September 11, 2014 Brian Pierson leads Godfrey & Kahn’s Indian Nations Law Team. Brian clerked for federal district judge Myron L. Gordon before entering private practice. Brian has more than 20 years experience representing Indian tribes, beginning with his successful representation of Chippewa Indians in federal court litigation to prevent racially-motivated interference with treaty-reserved, off-reservation fishing rights. As leader of the firm’s Indian Nations team, Brian’s primary objective is to draw on the knowledge and experience of G&K’s attorneys ...
  • Native Sun News: Final Cobell payment might ‘almost’ be ready September 11, 2014 WASHNGTON— According to the Garden City Group, the trust administrator for the Cobell settlement fund, the long awaited payment due to members of the Trust Administration class of the historic Cobell lawsuit can be expected in 3-5 weeks. “(Garden City Group) is prepared to commence sending out checks within three weeks as long as the court gives final approval for the Trust Administration Class distribution. We will update the website when the first checks have ...
  • Indianz.Com > Final payments from Cobell settlement closer to being distributed September 11, 2014 The final checks from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement are almost ready, according to the parties involved. The Cobell legal team and the Garden City Group — the firm that was appointed by the court to administer the settlement — were waiting on the Interior Department to finalize the data needed for the Trust Administration Class payment. The information was provided by August 30. The Garden City Group is now validating the information. ...
  • ‘Cherokee Outlets’ to bring 1,000 jobs to Catoosa – Tulsa World September 11, 2014 CATOOSA — A partnership announced Wednesday could bring premium outlet shopping, a new entertainment district and an estimated 1,000 permanent jobs to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Cherokee Nation Businesses has leased property west of the casino to commercial real estate developer Woodmont Outlets for a potential upscale retail development, officials announced at a news conference. Woodmont Outlets, an affiliate of Fort Worth-based The Woodmont Co., plans to invest $80 million into a ...
  • Idaho Coeur d’Alene Casino Stops Poker Per Federal Judge September 11, 2014 The Idaho Coeur d’Alene casino poker room has been something of a long shot draw since it was opened earlier this year. The tribe has said that poker is permitted at their casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, while the state of Idaho has said poker isn’t legal under their own laws. This week, the final card may have been dealt, and the river wasn’t kind to the tribe. Federal US District Judge B. Lynn ...
  • Senate panel to consider measure that would halt Glendale casino September 11, 2014 WASHINGTON – A U.S. Senate committee is slated to hear testimony next week on a resolution that would block operation of a casino on Indian tribal land surrounded by the city of Glendale. The Committee on Indian Affairs will hear from city officials and tribal leaders during the session scheduled 2:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Washington, D.C. Senate Resolution 2670, also known as the companion to the “Keep the Promise Act of 2013” ...
  • Legal battle over UKB’s land-in-trust application continues September 11, 2014 Rebuttal arguments are now on file with the Northern District of Oklahoma from attorneys involved in the protracted legal fight over a local tribe’s land in trust application. After hearing more than five hours of remarks in July from counsel for the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the federal government, Judge Gregory Frizzell asked all sides to submit responses by Monday as the court wades through an application ...
  • Cert Stage Briefs in Dollar General v. Mississippi Choctaw September 11, 2014 Here: Dollar General Cert Petition Mississippi Choctaw Cert Opposition Mississippi Choctaw Supplemental Brief Dollar General Cert Stage Reply TK En banc petition materials here. CA5 Order Denying Dolgencorp En Banc Petition Panel materials here. Lower court decision and materials here. via Cert Stage Briefs in Dollar General v. Mississippi Choctaw | Turtle Talk. Share this:
  • Correction: Chippewa Cree Tribal Payday Lending story September 11, 2014 HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Sept. 8 about tribal payday lending, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much revenue from the Chippewa Cree tribe’s online lending company was received by three tribal members. It was 7 percent, not more than a third. A corrected version of the story is below: Tribal members funneled cash from lending company 3 tribal members secretly funneled cash from Chippewa Cree payday lending company By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The ...
  • Chippewa Cree Tribal member defends receiving hidden payments September 11, 2014 HELENA – The former head of the Chippewa Cree’s lucrative online payday loan operation defended hidden payments he received for about two years Tuesday, saying they were part of a compensation package offered by the company’s board of directors. Former Plain Green Loans executives Neal Rosette said Billi Anne Morsette received 5 percent of the company’s revenues from 2011 to 2013. The payments were made through a management company called Encore Services LLC in such a ...
  • Lowery files for the District 12 Lumbee Tribal Council seat September 11, 2014 PEMBROKE — An incumbent filed Tuesday to keep his seat on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council. Walter Lowery filed for the District 12 seat that represents Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville. Those wishing to be on the ballot for the Nov. 18 election have until Friday to file. In addition to District 12, district council seats to be filled include: District 2, Back Swamp, Fairmont and Smyrna, currently held by Terry Hunt; District 3, Lumberton, West Howellsville and ...
  • Casino study renews hope for Maine Indian tribes September 11, 2014 AUGUSTA, Maine — Bolstered by a new study that finds that Maine can handle more casinos, Maine’s American Indian tribes are renewing their push to bring slot machines to their communities. The report that lawmakers on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee began examining Wednesday suggests that there is room for an additional casino in southern Maine. It also finds that a smaller facility could be built in Aroostook or Washington County, with preference given ...
  • Fed Rec 101: How to Read and Post Comments on the Proposed Regulations September 11, 2014 The Bureau of Indian Affairs has set September 30 as the deadline to receive comments on proposed new regulations for federal recognition. This posting provides quick and easy links to information about the proposal, how to file comments and where to go to read comments that have already been submitted. First, a bit of background. For the past two decades, everyone’s complained that the federal recognition process is broken – it’s too expensive, too slow, unpredictable ...
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe needs to make its budget work September 11, 2014 It’s a slippery slope the Standing Rock Tribal Council is trying to negotiate. Facing budget problems, the council has been looking at cuts so it can get its books back in order. Among the cuts are programs and funds for the elderly. Gone: Twice yearly payments of $750 to elders to be used as needed. The casino-revenue funded program providing the payments is called Elderly Needs. Tribal members age 60 and over have received the $750 checks in May ...
  • New Senator Murray Announces New Federal Investment in Makah Tribe Oil Spill Response Project September 11, 2014 PoliticalNews.me – Sep 11,2014 – MAKAH TRIBE/OIL SPILL RESPONSE: Senator Murray Announces New Federal Investment in Makah Tribe Oil Spill Response Project $1.1 million federal investment to come from TIGER program, which Murray created in 2009 to fund projects of regional significance and that help create and save jobs Investment in Makah Tribe will go toward designing their Oil Spill Prevention and Response Marine Dock infrastructure; when completed, new dock will help reduce oil spill response times Local ...