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    Mashantucket Tribe’s gaming executive to resign next month

    The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is losing its top gaming executive.
    Scott Butera will step down as CEO of the Foxwoods Resort Casino on October 31. He held the post for nearly four years and will continue to advise the tribe on financial matters while he pursues a new opportunity outside the gaming sector.

    Sen. Walsh welcomes arrival of last Cobell settlement payout

    Sen. John Walsh (D-Montana) welcomed the arrival of the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.
    Walsh co-sponsored a bill to speed up the release of the checks. It didn’t pass but pressure from Congress helped shine a line of the delays facing Indian beneficiaries whose trust funds were mismanaged for more than a century.

    9th Circuit poses tough questions in Big Lagoon casino case

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California, an Indian gaming case that’s being watched across the nation, on Wednesday.
    The case will determine whether the Big Lagoon Rancheria can pursue a casino on land that was placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on June 29, 1994. Several judges questioned the state for waiting more than a decade to challenge the status of the 11-acre site.

    Oneida Nation concerned about location of commercial casino

    The Oneida Nation and local officials are concerned about the location of a proposed commercial casino in New York.
    The tribe and the state agreed to a zone of exclusivity around the Turning Stone Resort Casino. The proposed casino is located right on the edge of the zone, The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported.

    KBIC judge dismisses lawsuit challenging plan for new casino

    A judge for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the tribe’s plan for a new casino.
    Tribal members approved the $2.75 million purchase of the Baraga Lakeside Inn for $2.75 million with the intent of building a new Ojibwa Casino at the site. Former chairman Fred Dakota claimed the process was illegal but Judge Violet Friisval-Ayres ruled that the vote, which was conducted by a show of hands at a public meeting, was legal under tribal law, The Marquette Daily Mining Gazette reported.

    North Fork Rancheria banks on voter approval of casino deal

    It’s taken the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in California more than a decade to win state and federal approval for its off-reservation casino but it all could be unraveled by voters on election day.
    Opponents of the casino collected enough signatures to put Proposition 48 on the ballot this November. A no vote would overturn the bill that ratified the tribe’s Class III gaming compact.

    Winnebago attorney joins BIA as deputy assistant secretary

    Ann Marie Downes, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is the new deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill

    Rep. Steve Daines (R-Montana) praised the House for passing H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act.
    Daines is a co-sponsor of the bill. He said it will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the Internal Revenue Service.

    US Senate candidates debate Native issues

     The only debate held in western South Dakota went off without a hitch with three candidates all vying for a crucial senate seat being left open by the retirement of longtime lawmaker Tim Johnson (D-SD).

    Oglala Sioux man still pushing MazaCoin currency

    Mashable runs a lengthy feature on Payu Harris, who developed the MazaCoin as a form of digital currency that he wanted the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to adopt:
    The short history of altcoins is already littered with corpses of currencies that once were. Of the 400 currencies tracked by, more than half do less than $100 worth of trading every day. More than 80 have no trading volume at all.

    Norbert Hill: It’s past time to drop the Washington NFL mascot

    Norbert Hill Jr., a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who serves as education director for the tribe, and Robert A. Yingst, a civil rights lawyer, discuss the Washington NFL team’s racist mascot:
     Young people who wince and retreat into themselves every time their identity as human beings is boiled down to this offensive, disparaging R word are entitled to more.

    9th Circuit rules against Chemehuevi Tribe in land deed case

    The Chemehuevi Tribe of California must obtain Congressional approval to assign land to its members, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.
    Most tribal members were forced to leave the reservation when the federal government flooded the land in the 1940s. To lure them back home, the tribe offered assignments that were “as close to fee simple absolute as possible,” according to a tribal ordinance.

    Officer investigated for ‘drunk uneducated animals’ comment

    A Royal Canadian Mountain Police officer is under investigation for referring to Native people as “drunk uneducated animals.”
    The RCMP would not identify the officer who made the comments on Facebook in response to a news story about a shooting on the Sucker River Reserve, which is part of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in Saskatchewan. But Native users shared a screenshot that indicated Anthony Setlack, who works for the force, posted the derogatory remarks on Monday.

    NWIFC schedules briefing on ‘Treaty Rights 101’ on Capitol Hill

    The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission will host a briefing on treaty rights on Capitol Hill next week.
    The NWIFC plans to educate Congressional staff about treaties between tribes and the United States. The group’s newly elected leader said the centuries-old agreements are under constant threat.

    KU Volleyball Junior Tiana Dockery (Navajo); Talks About Breaking Stereotypes and Dealing with Racism

    A: “I was in seventh grade, I had never played volleyball before and I was the only black girl that was on the team. Next year, no one came back but me. I had racist remarks and the normal stuff against me. I never thought there was an issue with me being on the team. From then on I literally just said, I’m black, so what?”

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