House OKs bill protecting Massachusetts tribe’s reservation

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would prevent the Trump administration from rescinding a Native American tribe’s contested reservation in Massachusetts. The amendment, included in a broader spending package passed by the Democratic-controlled chamber Friday, bars the Interior Department from revoking its 2015 decision to place some 300 acres of land into […]

Shutdown of tribal casinos deals blow to Indian Country

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When the Kalispel Tribe of Indians closed its casino as the coronavirus took hold in Washington state, it essentially shut down its economy. That difficult choice has played out nationwide as some 500 Native American casinos have voluntarily closed during the pandemic, often taking away tribes’ main source of income in […]

Ex-salon chief alleges Wynn Resorts spied at his new job

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former beauty salon director who went public about sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn nearly two years ago is suing Wynn Resorts and company executives, alleging they invaded his privacy and spied on him at his next job in a bid to undercut his accounts. Jorgen Nielsen, once […]

State joins Connecticut tribes in federal lawsuit

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced late Wednesday that the state is joining with the Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior. The suit is over the Bureau of Indian affairs failure to act on compact amendments for the East Windsor casino project.

Jepsen says casino bill could prompt challenges

Attorney General George Jepsen warned Connecticut legislative leaders Wednesday that a bill allowing the state’s two federally recognized tribes to open jointly operated casinos could face legal challenges from other gambling entities who claim the legislation is unconstitutional.

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