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    Enterprise Rancheria sues state over delayed Class III compact

    The Enterprise Rancheria sued the state of California on Wednesday, alleging bad faith in Class III gaming compact negotiations.
    The tribe and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the compact two years ago this month. The complaint blames the California Legislature for failing to approve the agreement or suggest modifications.

    Kake Tribe returns to site of 1857 deadly attack in Washington

    A delegation from the Kake Tribe in Alaska visited the site of an 1857 attack that resulted in the death of the first permanent White resident of Whidbey Island in Washington.
    Tribal elders grew up hearing about the incident. Their ancestors went to Whidbey Island in August 1857 to take revenge for the deaths of 27 of their people a year earlier.

    Navy rejects transfer of surplus property to Narragansett Tribe

    The U.S. Navy doesn’t want to transfer surplus land to the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs requested properties on Aquidneck Island on behalf of the tribe. But the Navy said the BIA did not want to accept them “as is” and wouldn’t accept environmental and legal responsibility, The Newport Daily News reported.

    Tests not shared on brine spill

    The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he’s been shut out of the tribe’s response to a massive saltwater spill on its North Dakota reservation, and criticized leaders for leaving the public “in the absolute dark” on its severity.
    Edmund Baker’s remarks came at an environmental forum this week on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to Three Affiliated Tribes and the source of almost one-third of the state’s 1 million barrels of daily oil production.

    North Dakota tribe accused of concealing data on pipeline spill

    The environmental director for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota is accusing his tribe of concealing information about a pipeline spill on the reservation.
    A pipeline with saltwater, a byproduct of oil and gas development, ruptured and spilled about 1 million gallons in early July. But Edmund Baker said tribal officials refuse to disclose whether any of the brine made it into Lake Sakakawea, a source of drinking water for the tribe.


    Chumash Tribe to respond to concerns about casino expansion

    The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California says it will respond to concerns being raised about its $160 million expansion project.
    The fire, planning, public works and sheriff’s departments in Santa Barbara County wrote letters to the tribe regarding the expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort. Harsh words were reserved for plans to add a 12-story hotel with 215 rooms to the facility.

    Unlike much of California, state’s casinos not smoke-free

    When the Graton Resort & Casino opened in November, some visitors were surprised that you could smoke on the gaming floor. For many smokers this was welcome - they didn’t have to go outside - but for others it made the casino less appealing. Several Yelp reviewers in the casino’s opening weeks said they liked Graton but were unlikely to return because of the secondhand smoke. (At Graton, you can smoke on the majority of the gaming floor, but not in the poker room or restaurants.)

    Smoking allowed at tribal casinos in northern California

    The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria allow smoking on the gaming floor, as so most other major tribal casinos in California:
     Following is a roundup of major Northern California casinos and their smoking policies:
     Jackson Rancheria, Jackson (Amador County): Smoking is allowed, with no-smoking slot-machine areas. The poker room is nonsmoking.


    Regulators to award Boston casino license in September

    Perhaps the most competitive fight for a casino license in Massachusetts will be decided in three weeks.
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that on Sept. 8 it will begin debating the award of a license in the greater Boston area to one of two applicants – Mohegan Sun for a resort casino at the Suffolk Downs track in Revere and Wynn Resorts for a gambling facility in Everett. The commission expects to vote on or before Sept. 12.

    Mashantucket Tribe sees credit hit as casino competition grows

    The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is at risk of defaulting on its debt as casino competition grows in the Northeast.
    Standard & Poor’s lowered the tribe’s rating to CCC-. The August 18 report cited the tribe’s warnings that it may not be able to make timely payments on its casino-related debt.

    Santee Sioux Tribe working to bring more attractions to casino

    The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska is hoping to turn its modest casino into a destination resort.
    The tribe is building an 18-hole golf course and club house for the Ohiya Casino that’s due to open next year. The addition comes on the heels of an enclosed swimming pool and spa at the 61,000 square-foot facility.

    Modern and historic Indian art on display in Kansas City

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College are bringing historic and contemporary Indian art to audiences in Kansas City:
    This fall, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opens its blockbuster exhibition “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” with works ranging from a 2,000-year-old stone pipe to beaded designer shoes from 2011. To spark enthusiasm, three enormous teepees now compete with the Shuttlecocks on the Nelson’s south lawn.



    Native language immersion programs need support

    Your visits to Indian Country are appreciated by everyone and I thank you for the unprecedented commitment you and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have demonstrated to Indian education. I write to urge you to address a persistent blind spot of the Obama administration concerning support for Native language immersion schools and programs.

    Megaload corridor debate reveals the true conservatives

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has worked hard for six years to turn the state’s Highway 12 into a corridor for sending massive, 200-foot-long megaloads of heavy equipment to Alberta, Canada, for tar sands extraction. But it’s not working out.

    Nez Perce Tribe defends its homeland from big energy

    Writer discusses how the Nez Perce Tribe stopped big energy from shipping megaloads through its reservation in Idaho:
     The Nez Perce are defending their homeland, which they have inhabited and husbanded for centuries. During decades of dispossession and disrespect, they protected their homeland, working steadily to reclaim their traditional ways and liberties while being good neighbors to the children of their dispossessors. No Idahoans are more rooted to their home and faith.

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