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Nammy 2017 Special Performances Include Gary Farmer and Joseph FireCrow Tribute

Written by at October 4, 2017

Nammy 2017 Special Performances Include Gary Farmer and Joseph FireCrow Tribute

The 2017 Nammys, hosted by Ernie Stevens, will feature Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers Oct. 14th

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Shakopee Tribe on track to finish big casino expansion in time for Super Bowl

Written by at September 28, 2017

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is set to complete a $90 million casino expansion project in time for the Super Bowl in 2018.

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Gila River Indian Community hosts job fair for more than 260 casino positions

Written by at September 28, 2017

The Gila River Indian Community is hosting a job fair to fill more than 260 positions at its three gaming facilities in Arizona.

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Eastern Cherokees start work on entertainment center at second gaming facility

Written by at September 28, 2017

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues to expand the amenities at its gaming operation in North Carolina.

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Mohegan Tribe believes Trump team accepted new casino despite murky response

Written by at September 27, 2017

The Mohegan Tribe believes the Trump administration has approved a new casino in Connecticut despite a seemingly ambiguous letter.

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Meskwaki Tribe conducted undercover sex trafficking operation at Iowa casino

Written by at September 27, 2017

An undercover sex trafficking operation at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Tribe resulted in charges against two people.

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Iowa Tribe promises to launch long-delayed online poker site sometime in fall

Written by at September 25, 2017

PokerTribe.Com has repeatedly missed deadlines to launch but the Iowa Tribe believes operations are imminent.

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Gun Lake Tribe draws in more allies as Supreme Court considers casino case

Written by at September 25, 2017

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is seeing widespread support as it defends its casino in a closely-watched U.S. Supreme Court case.

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Ho-Chunk Nation sees support from Congress in bid for off-reservation casino

Written by at September 25, 2017

Four Democrats in Congress are calling on the Trump administration to approve an off-reservation casino for the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin.

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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tribal gaming industry

Written by at September 25, 2017

It’s that time again — the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding an oversight hearing on the tribal gaming industry.

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Cronkite News: Tribal leaders focus on marijuana industry at conference in Arizona

Written by at September 22, 2017

Tribal leaders discussed the potential opening of legal marijuana businesses on tribal lands at the National Indian Gaming Association conference.

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Seneca Nation prepares for arbitration in gaming dispute with state of New York

Written by at September 21, 2017

The Seneca Nation is eager to start arbitration proceedings in a Class III gaming dispute with the state of New York.

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Former Indian Country editor blames demise on non-Indian gaming operations

Written by at September 20, 2017

In a report on Voice of America, a former editor at Indian Country Today Media Network is offering details on the demise of the operation.

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Connecticut tribes can’t get clear answer from Trump team on bid for new casino

Written by at September 19, 2017

Efforts by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe to open a new casino in Connecticut appear to have hit a snag within the Trump administration.

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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe claims victory in long-running state taxation fight

Written by at September 19, 2017

As the Trump administration debates whether to take a stand on a major taxation issue in Indian Country, one tribe is claiming victory over the state of South Dakota.

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White Earth Nation sticks by casino project despite delay in environmental review

Written by at September 19, 2017

Tribes are used to long waits at the federal level but the White Earth Nation is discovering that local governments most just as slowly on casino projects.

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Another sentence handed down in theft of gaming funds within Winnebago Tribe

Written by at September 18, 2017

Another former leader of the Winnebago Tribe has been sentenced in connection with the theft of gaming funds from the WinnaVegas Casino Resort.

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Osage Nation celebrates construction milestone for $150 million casino project

Written by at September 18, 2017

The Osage Nation is making progress on a replacement gaming facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Osage Nation celebrates construction milestone for $150 million casino project

Written by at September 18, 2017

The Osage Nation is making progress on a replacement gaming facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Shingle Springs Band wins reversal of $30 million judgment in gaming dispute

Written by at September 18, 2017

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians doesn’t owe $30 million to a former gaming partner, an appeals court in California ruled.

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Olympic-style ski jump plans in works for PIIC

Written by at September 14, 2017

The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) is in negotiations with the Friends of American Ski Jumping organization over plans by the latter group to build an Olympic-style ski jump on the Community’s Mount Frontenac near Red Wing.

Ski jump enthusiasts and Red Wing area boosters have been raising money from private sources for the project. Heading into August, organizers had raised $1.2 million and had another $1 million in pledges for what is estimated to be a $6 million year-around ski jump training and competition facility.

A second phase of development with more recreation venues and concern facilities is also being considered.  

Shelley Buck, president of the PIIC Tribal Council, said the Community and ski jump group are still finalizing business arrangements for the group to build on the Community’s land. But, she added, “We are excited to see the project moving forward and are encouraged by the growing interest and support.”

The idea for the ski jump facility came from the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame that is housed in the St. James Hotel in downtown Red Wing. Norwegian immigrants started American ski jumping at Red Wing in the 1880s on the bluffs above the Mississippi River.

Regardless how business ties between the groups are resolved, the ski jump facility would expand PIIC’s activities in the hospitality industry. The site is connected to the Mount Frontenac Golf Course and its club house and event center, and is convenient to PIIC’s Treasure Island Resort and Casino.

Buck said diversifying the Community’s economy is a top priority.

“Gaming has been a successful economic development tool for our tribe and many other Native communities; it’s helped us become self-sufficient and allowed us to share our success with our neighbors,” she said. “But we don’t want to bet our future on gaming alone.”

Prairie Island’s economy is already one of Minnesota’s most diverse destination and entertainment attractions with gaming, golf, water sports, bowling and concerts, Buck said. “This project would add exciting elements to what we’ve already created and drive even more visits and positive impact to the region, she said. 

Ski jump backers are estimating as many as 100,000 people may be drawn to the site annually. Red Wing and Rochester newspapers have stressed this would economically benefits communities throughout southeastern Minnesota.
The Hall of Fame inducted six new members in early August at ceremonies at the golf club. A special guest at the Red Wing ceremony was Steve Collins, a Canadian Olympian ski jumper who has family ties to the PIIC.
Collins is a member of the Fort William First Nation near Thunder Bay, Ont. Peter Collins, a first cousin of the skier, is the elected chief of the Ojibwe First Nation. ­However, the Hall of Fame notes on its website that a grandfather of the celebrated Canadian Olympian was Charley Collings, a member of PIIC before migrating to Canada.

More information about the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum is available at: americanskijumping.com (americanskijumping.com) ;
the ski jump project is at baldie125.com, and Prairie Island Indian Community at prairieisland.org (prairieisland.org) .  
   

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Seminole Tribe reports little damage to casinos after Hurricane Irma hits Florida

Written by at September 14, 2017

The Seminole Tribe has emerged mostly unscathed from Hurricane Irma while the Miccosukee Tribe was largely unaffected.

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Proposal to link gaming expansion to car tags in Oklahoma gains little traction

Written by at September 14, 2017

Key tribes in Oklahoma are questioning plans to expand gaming by linking it to car tag revenues.

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Former chairman of Winnebago Tribe pleads guilty for theft of gaming funds

Written by at September 13, 2017

John Blackhawk, the longtime former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, pleaded guilty for his role in the theft of gaming funds.

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Tulalip Tribes plan to break ground $100 million replacement gaming facility

Written by at September 13, 2017

The Tulalip Tribes will be breaking ground on a replacement facility for the Quil Ceda Creek Casino in Washington later in 2017.

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