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    Employees at Graton Rancheria casino to negotiate labor deal

    The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California welcomes labor unions at its casino but it’s not clear how the first contract will be negotiated, The North Bay Bohemian reported.
    About 600 employees of the Graton Resort and Casino voted to join UNITE HERE Local 2850. The group hopes to include Station Casinos, which manages the facility for the tribe, in the negotiations.

    Rep. Markwayne Mullin named one of 50 Most Beautiful on Hill

    Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Cherokee Nation, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
    Mullin is one of two tribal members in Congress. He told The Hill newspaper that he had to get used to a new wardrobe since coming to Washington, D.C.

    S.D. tribes gather to talk about ensuring water rights

    RAPID CITY – More than 100 years ago, a treaty established that all water on Native American land or that naturally flowed to Native American land was to be held by the sovereign tribes.
    But tribal governments say they still are fighting to make sure their water rights and, by extension, rights of sovereignty are protected.

    Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water rights

    The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted a conference last week to discuss water issues.
    Tribal leaders in South Dakota discussed uranium mining, the Keystone XL Pipeline, federal management of the Missouri River and other threats to their water resources.

    Relying on social media to keep Native languages alive

    NPR reports on efforts to keep Native languages alive on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites:
        The creators and contributors of — a website that seeks to preserve Anishinaabemowin, an endangered Native American language from Michigan — use Facebook in a similar manner.


    Tohono O’odham Nation blasts bill to bar off-reservation casino

    The Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona criticized a bill that would prevent the tribe from using its trust land for gaming.
    The tribe plans to build the $500 million West Valley Resort on 135 acres in the Phoenix area. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to place the land in trust but S.2670 would bar all forms of Class II and Class III gaming.

    Opposition group sues to block gaming referendum in Nebraska

    A group called Gambling with the Good Life filed a lawsuit to keep a gaming referendum off the ballot in Nebraska.
    The Horse Race Wagering Amendment authorizes electronic betting on historical horse races. The group claims the language the referendum violates the Nebraska constitution by asking voters to answer more than one question on the ballot.

    Yurok Tribe wraps up marijuana raids with nearly 13K plants

    Joined by local, state and federal authorities, Yurok Tribe of California seized nearly 13,000 marijuana plants and more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana in a series of raids on the reservation.
    Authorities executed 35 Humboldt County search warrants and nine tribal court search warrants as part of “Operation Yurok,.” No arrests were made but the effort put a big dent in the drug trade on the reservation.

    Federal rule change raises questions about tribal recognition in Conn.

    Native American tribes who have been denied federal recognition might have another chance under proposed new rules from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But those new rules come with a clause that leaves tribes in Connecticut unsure if they’ll ever be recognized.  It has reopened an old debate between the state of Connecticut, homeowners and tribes.

    Tribes criticize veto provisions in BIA federal recognition rule

    Leaders of Connecticut tribes said state and local governments should not be able to veto their federal recognition petitions.
    The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe and the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation were denied recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Part 83 rule allows them to petition again but only if all interested parties agree, something that won’t ever happen due to opposition from the state.

    BIA won’t commit to timeline on Mashpee Wampanoag casino

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs is still reviewing the land-into-trust application submitted by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
    Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn initially promised a decision in spring 2013. That didn’t happen and now he’s not saying when he will take action.
    "The process takes a long time," Washburn told The Cape Cod Times. "I haven’t seen all the evidence yet so I can’t prejudge it."


    Violence against Native women a national disgrace

    Tanya H. Lee writes about the history of federal Indian law and policy leading up to S.47, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which recognized tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders:

    Mescalero Apache Nation man sentenced for meth trafficking

    A member of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico was sentenced to 41 months for methamphetamine trafficking.
    Gabriel Gene Ortega, 34, pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on the reservation. Authorities found chemicals, equipment and other items associated with the manufacturing of the drug during a raid of his home in August 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

    Federal district court grants CFPB petition to enforce CIDs issued to tribal lenders

    A California federal court recently issued an order granting the CFPB’s petition to enforce its civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders. However, the court also granted the lenders’ request for a stay pending their appeal to the Ninth Circuit. Although the CFPB did not oppose the stay, the court nevertheless found that if its decision was wrong, the lenders were likely to suffer irreparable harm because of the disclosure of sensitive proprietary documents to the CFPB whereas the CFPB would not be injured by a temporary delay.

    Tribal lenders fight federal agency investigation

    A California federal court recently issued an order granting the CFPB’s petition to enforce its civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders. However, the court also granted the lenders’ request for a stay pending their appeal to the Ninth Circuit. Although the CFPB did not oppose the stay, the court nevertheless found that if its decision was wrong, the lenders were likely to suffer irreparable harm because of the disclosure of sensitive proprietary documents to the CFPB whereas the CFPB would not be injured by a temporary delay.

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