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If you thought the race toward Internet gaming was interesting before, you should see it now.
Sen. Harry Reid and the American Gaming Association have made it very clear that gaming tribes are not welcome at the trough--I mean, negotiating table.
Harry's latest strategy involves Sen. Kyle and the super-committee inserting online gaming language in a debt bill that will become law with no debate.
But Victor, won't this bill override state and tribal rights, you may ask? Yes, but hogs gotta feed. Taxing online gaming sounds great, but you start having issues when it tramples states' rights. I'm sure there will be an opt-out component, but this a tough pill to swallow on both sides of the aisle.
So Victor, is all hope lost, you may ask? Not even close. My sources tell me the tribes are aware of this strategy and are preparing accordingly. While Sen. Reid is still very powerful, there are some people already looking at him as a lame duck. This is a political reality. There is life after Harry and the senators and House members on the super-committee want to get reelected. Trust me, the tribe are not without their allies.
Stay tuned. This won't be my last word on the subject.
California Indian Gaming....I remember when they were fighting it....New News
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- NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Opinion: Greed and gaming spur disenrollments in California
"It is one of those strange twists of fate that has been proven over and over in history: The conquered people eventually take on the worst characteristics of those who conquered them. It has manifested in Southern California with the advent of Indian gaming, in a terrible way.
It wasn't long ago that the local tribes were all limping along in abject poverty, trying to gain a foothold after being stripped of everything and relegated to reservations. It is a sad and brutal history, no different than all other tribes in this country.
Once the gaming compacts were signed, and big money rolled in, it was everyone's hope that it would help all tribes. While there are great stories of success, unfortunately greed has raised its ugly head.
If we are honest, and not afraid of upsetting those who hold too much power, the fact that the San Pasqual Tribe kicked out 80 members, Pechanga cut 130, Rincon tried to cut 70, and Pala is now working hard to eliminate at least 120 members from their tribal roles is all about greed and politics, nothing more.
You do not see any nongaming tribes involved in this nonsense. And had these casinos never been built, none of this would be happening, period!"
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Robert Hayward: Greed has taken over our tribes (The North County Times 11/2)
Mohegan Tribe faces competition for Massachusetts casino
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut faces competition its bid for a casino in Massachusetts.
Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, plans to bid on casino in the western part of the state. Plans call for a development on 100 acres in Holyoke.
“We believe this project will complement Holyoke and its surroundings, making it one of the top entertainment destinations in the country,” James Allen, the chairman of Hard Rock International, told The Boston Herald.
The Mohegan Tribe wants to build in Palmer, also in western Massachusetts. A third company, Penn National, is looking at Springfield.
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Hard Rock International joins wild west battle (The Boston Herald 11/2)
Mohegan Tribe to bring new look to casino slot machines (10/21)
Mohegan Tribe to discuss plans for casino in Massachusetts (9/13)
Mohegan Tribe ready to bid on casino in western Massachusetts (8/24)
Eastern Cherokees consider sales of alcohol beyond casino
Alcohol sales are legal at the casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians but tribal members are facing a plan to expand them throughout the reservation.
The referendum, if it appears on the ballot, asks tribal members to decide three questions. The tribe could open its own liquor store; allow beer, wine and liquor at tribal-owned businesses; or allow beer and wine at all tribal-licensed grocery stores and convenience stores, The Smoky Mountain News reported.
Supporters say sales could boost economic development on the reservation. But opponents say liquor at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino hasn't increased per capita payments as predicted.
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Let the battles begin in Cherokee (The Smoky Mountain News 11/2)
Eastern Cherokee casino could face competition for alcohol (10/12)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe ready to debut $130M casino expansion
The date is quickly approaching -- the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona will debut a $130 million casino expansion on November 11, 2011.
The tribe broke ground on the new Casino del Sol in February 2010. The project supported 500 construction jobs.
The tribe created 400 more jobs with the actual casino. A few positions are still open, KVOA-TV reported.
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Preview of Casino Del Sol expansion (KVOA-TV 11/1)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe brings new food options to expanded casino (9/22)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe to open $100M casino expansion on 11-11 (9/15)
Blog: Tribes aim to regulate Internet gaming on reservation
"The congressional hearing held recently, invited a tribal delegate of NIGA (National Indian Gaming Association) to participate. In the testimony, the delegate made demands for certain rights to be conferred upon the tribes, in case the legalization of online gambling becomes a reality. He told the sub-committee that the manner in which the present proposed legislation of online poker has been worded is not acceptable, as far as the interests of tribes are concerned.
The proposed bill on online poker’s legalization HR2366 states that individual states will have regulatory power. The bill also proposed that the land casinos of the US receive the first set of licenses. Firms offering gambling products in countries like Nevada will be allowed to accept players from others states operating under regulated jurisdictions. Tribes claim that the proposed bill will be in direct conflict with the IGRA or Indian Gaming Regulatory Act passed in the year 1988.
The key purpose behind the enactment of the IGRA was to protect the interests of tribes. It proposed that gaming regulations be designed in a way that is capable of generating revenues for tribes. The development of the NIGA was also a result of IGRA."
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Tribes Want To Regulate Themselves in Internet Gambling (No Limit Hold'em Strategy 11/1)
- Interesting articles Deb. What frustrates me is politicians who want to be in the limelight because election time is drawing near. That is the whole problem with the system. They don't care about anything but themselves and that so aggravating.
Just like with online gambling you have to camps opposing one another and it's all for political gain. Where is in the best interest of the citizens? They would rather debate the issue then bring some relief to our current debt all in the name of power and use it as a campaign strategy.
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