Native American

  • February 13, 2014

    Neb. Town Ruled To Be On Tribal Land Must Pay Sales Tax

    A Nebraska federal judge ruled Thursday that a small town in the northeast portion of the state is located within the Omaha Indian Reservation, a decision that will require the town's liquor establishments to pay sales tax and fees to the tribe.

  • February 13, 2014

    Foxwoods Near Deal To Assume State's Casino Police Duties

    The tribal organizations behind Connecticut’s Foxwoods casino is close to striking a deal that would put law enforcement duties for the complex in the hands of the tribe, a source told Law360 on Thursday.

  • February 12, 2014

    Fla. Arcade Drops Challenge To Gray-Market Slot Ban

    A Bradenton, Fla., arcade on Wednesday withdrew its challenge to a Florida law banning so-called gray-area slot machines, which the arcade had argued is arbitrary, irrational and vague.

  • February 11, 2014

    NIGC To Meet Tribes Over NEPA Trigger In Casino Deals

    The National Indian Gaming Commission will conduct one-on-one consultations with tribes across the country this year as it moves toward modifying its policy of requiring a National Environmental Policy Act review to approve casino management deals, according to a Federal Register notice Tuesday.

  • February 6, 2014

    Navajo Bid To Build 5 NM Casinos Clears Hurdle

    After heated negotiations, a New Mexico committee on Wednesday pushed forward a proposed gambling compact with the Navajo Nation that would allow the tribe to build and operate up to five casinos.

  • February 6, 2014

    2 Attys, Ex-NYC Comptroller Tapped For Casino Board

    The commission tasked with choosing the sites for New York's new full-service casinos picked two lawyers and a former New York City comptroller on Thursday to sit on the board, which will eventually comprise five people and evaluate casino sites and gaming license applicants.

  • February 4, 2014

    Ex-Redskins QB Shakes Prostate Drug False-Ad Suit

    A California federal judge threw out a putative false advertising class action against former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann and NAC Marketing Co., ruling Tuesday that the purchasers of NAC’s prostate medication who alleged it was unsafe and ineffective already received refunds.

  • February 4, 2014

    Foxwoods Strikes Deal On Catskills Casino, Hotel Projects

    Developers seeking to separately build a mixed-use and a Foxwoods Resort Casino project in New York’s Catskills region have reached a cooperative share and lease agreement in which the projects will share uses for portions of the property, the companies said Monday.

  • February 4, 2014

    DOI Finalizes Embattled Compact For Tribe's $500M Casino

    The Department of the Interior on Monday formally acknowledged and put into effect a controversial tribal compact that paves the way for a $500 million Massachusetts casino proposed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

  • February 3, 2014

    In-House Counsel Name Client-Friendly Litigators

    Nearly 100 litigators were chosen by corporate counsel as being the most client-friendly thanks to their commitment to understanding business’ needs and goals and finding the right solution to problems that can seem to have many possible answers.

  • February 3, 2014

    Calif. Tribe Wants In On DC Circ. Gambling Suit

    Fresh off winning a related Ninth Circuit case, a California tribe asked the District of Columbia appeals court on Friday to let it intervene in a suit filed against the Department of the Interior that is attempting to undo the group's casino compact for Class III casino gambling.

  • February 3, 2014

    Navajo Nation Taxes Junk Food, Makes Healthy Food Tax-Free

    The largest Indian reservation in the U.S. on Thursday tacked on an extra 2 percent in sales tax to all junk food sold within the Navajo Nation boundaries, an area that includes parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

  • January 30, 2014

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Challenge To Tribal Casino

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a challenge to the property and casino gambling rights of a California tribe, saying that the tribe must be a party to the suit and has sovereign immunity rights.

  • January 27, 2014

    PE Firm Backs $50M Mohegan Sun Casino, Resort In Pa.

    The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority landed $50 million in senior secured loan financing from New York-based private equity firm Fundamental Advisors LP for its just-opened $50 million hotel at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Pennsylvania, Fundamental Advisors announced Monday.

  • January 27, 2014

    Tobacco Co. Hit With Possible $60M Excise Tax Bill

    Native American cigarette producer King Mountain Tobacco Co. Inc. was slapped with a possible $60 million Internal Revenue Service tax assessment Friday, after a district court in Washington ruled federal tobacco excise tax laws trump a 160-year-old treaty with the nation.

  • January 24, 2014

    Tribal Casinos Face New Threats After 9th Circ. Curveball

    A recent Ninth Circuit ruling that freed California from having to negotiate a tribal gambling compact has many Indian law attorneys sounding the alarm that the decision creates a new mechanism to effectively kill tribal casino land deals — even some agreements that are decades old.

  • January 21, 2014

    Calif. Court Nixes State Challenge To Tribes' Payday Lending

    A California appellate court affirmed Tuesday that state regulators are powerless to challenge two out-of-state Indian tribes’ allegedly exploitative payday lending businesses, ruling that sovereign immunity protects the tribally chartered corporations.

  • January 21, 2014

    Tribe Won't Take Slot-Machine Tax Row To Supreme Court

    A Native American tribe in Connecticut won't be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit ruling that federal law does not prohibit a state property tax on the tribe's slot machines, the tribe told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2014

    Split 9th Circ. Hands Calif. A Win In Indian Casino Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday reversed a district court’s summary judgment against the state of California in a lawsuit brought by a federally recognized Indian tribe, holding that the state didn’t violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by failing to negotiate in good faith for a tribal-state gambling compact.

  • January 17, 2014

    DC Circ. Blocks EPA Air Plan For Okla. Indian Country

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday shot down federal air quality standards for nonreservation Indian Country lands in Oklahoma, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot replace a state plan in areas where Native American communities haven't asserted tribal jurisdiction.