It is easy to blame the Congress, the BIA,, and federal courts for allowing mass tribal disenrollment to flourish. They are all complicit.
When Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 (IGRA), it included an important provision to allow for self-regulation of Class II gaming by tribal governments that established a record of successful gaming regulation.
On March 6, 2014, the Connecticut Post newspaper published an editorial—"Some Indians are inconvenient"—blasting Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for trying to block proposed chan
While many officials have fully embraced the job-creating gaming operations of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, some other officials have expressed opposition to the Catawba Indian Nation’s proposal to create another 4,000 gaming-related jobs in Cleveland County.
On December 17, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians celebrated the grand re-opening of its Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka, Alabama. Normally, I would share the excitement of the Poarch over their new facility. As the former Chairman of the Resources Committee in the U.S.
Can Indians still make decisions for themselves on their own homeland? That question was recently deliberated in a case involving four men from the Akwesasne Reserve.
On October 31, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto utilized new presidential powers of pardon on the very day that they went into effect to free Mayan school teacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez. We hope that President Obama was paying attention.
In 1987, the Supreme Court decided California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, holding that a state could not prohibit gaming conducted on Indian lands if it allowed similar games by other persons in the state.
Indian country is all too familiar with the perils of taking cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Even under the best legal circumstances, the high court has repeatedly handed down staggering losses that impact the most sacred issues to Indian country.
It’s always very interesting to see how people react when I tell them my company provides hourly childcare in resorts, spas and casinos. Their expression is at first quizzical, followed by an incredulous tilt of the head and then chased by a set of pointed questions. “What?
The potential impacts of Internet gaming legalization was a major topic at last month’s National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) convention. Another critical topic, not surprisingly, was economic diversification and Tribes’ ability to pursue and manage the process of planning for change.
Congress is now considering the legalization of gambling over the Internet. Indian country, which has invested billions of dollars in traditional “bricks and mortar” businesses, should be extremely worried about this effort.
I have been thinking about the “Indian Land problems” that continue to swirl around DC.
Currently before the Interior Department are two California “off reservation” casino proposals that carry the support of California Governor Jerry Brown.