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News Washington
Northern Quest Resort and Casino plans second hotel
November 25, 2020 - In 2023 Northern Quest Resort and Casino will open a new, 200-room hotel adjacent to its current hotel. Construction will begin in March 2021 following recent delays due to COVID-19. ... Read more
News North Carolina, Indiana
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is negotiating purchase of Caesars Southern Indiana
November 24, 2020 - The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is negotiating with Caesars Entertainment Inc. to purchase Caesars Southern Indiana casino across from Louisville, KY ... Read more
News Virginia
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians fight two potential casino rivals
November 23, 2020 - For 25 years the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has owned the only casinos in North Carolina. However, that may change in the next few years as new competition comes from ... Read more
News California
Win-River Casino relocation project suffers setback
November 22, 2020 - Four years after filing a land-to-trust application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal approval to relocate and expand the size of the Win-River Casino, the Redding Rancheria received ... Read more
News California
Chumash casino enhances COVID-19 safety program
November 21, 2020 - Chumash Casino will remain open with tighter safety practices as Santa Barbara County returns to the the highest-level, purple COVID-19 safety protocols. ... Read more
News Arizona
Gila River Casinos sign sponsorship deal with Phoenix Suns and Mercury
November 20, 2020 - Gila River Hotels and Casinos has signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. The agreement includes Club Gila River, a courtside venue ... Read more
News Michigan
Michigan Indian casinos stay open as commercial casinos shut down
November 19, 2020 - Michigan has issued a new COVID-19 mandate to temporarily close casinos. The three commercial casinos in Detroit will shut down for at least three weeks beginning ... Read more
News New Mexico
14 New Mexico casinos are closed for COVID-19
November 18, 2020 - Several New Mexico casinos have recently closed temporarily to prevent the spread pf COVID-19 which are currently surging in the state. Isleta Resort & Casino, Santa Ana Star Casino, and ... Read more
News Massachusetts
Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman is indicted for bribery and extortion
November 17, 2020 - Federal prosecutors in Boston have filed bibery and extortion changes against the Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the owner of a design company ... Read more
News Oklahoma
Choctaw Casino & Resort's "Raise the Game" Expansion Preview
November 16, 2020 - Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma has released this video preview of the features and amenities coming to Durant in the $500 million expansion opening in Spring 2021. ... Read more
News Michigan
Proposed Lakeshore Casino gets bipartisan support from Muskegon commissioners
November 15, 2020 - The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is seeking approvals to build a casino hotel on a 60-acre site of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack ... Read more
News Michigan
Bay Mills Indians open Northern Light, first tribal marijuana business in Michigan
November 14, 2020 - Bay Mills Indian Community has opened the Northern Light Cannabis Comapny and dispensary in eastern Upper Peninsula. The company is located ... Read more
News Wisconsin
St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Closing 30 Days for COVID-19
November 13, 2020 - St. Croix Casino at Turtle Lake has shut down for at least 30 days to fight to spread of COVID-19 currently surging in Wiosconsin and the Midwest. Wisconsin currently ranks fourth in the nation in per capita cases. ... Read more
News New York
Oneida Indian Nation toughen casino entry protocols
November 12, 2020 - Oneida Indian Nation will soon enforce additional screening protocols for out-of-state visitors to the Turning Stone Casino Resort, Point Place Casino and Yellow Brick Road Casino. ... Read more
News California
Barona Resort & Casino cancels New Year's celebrations due to COVID-19
November 11, 2020 - Barona Resort & Casino announced the cancellation of its annual New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more
News California
San Manuel holds Topping Off ceremony for hotel under construction
November 10, 2020 - San Manuel Band of Mission Indian celebrated the placing of the final steel beam atop a new, 17-story hotel under construction at San Manuel Casino. The hotel will open in late ... Read more
News California
San Manuel Casino announces new timelines on $500M expansion
November 9, 2020 - San Manuel began construction in July 2018 on a $500M espansion project to add an onsite hotel, an event center, and a larger gambling space. New timelines for completion were ... Read more
News Nebraska, Iowa
2020 Election: Nebraska voters approve casino gambling
November 8, 2020 - Nebraska voters approved three ballot measures this week to allow casino gambling at the horse racing tracks in Nebraska. The votes averaged two to one in favor of the "Keep the Money in Nebraska" ... Read more
News South Dakota
2020 Election: South Dakota approves sports betting
November 7, 2020 - Voters in South Dakota last Tuesday approved a ballot measure to legalize sports betting. The vote was 57% to 43% in favor of the measure. The Gaming Commission will now develop regulations ... Read more
News Virginia
2020 Election: Norfolk voters approve Pamunkey Tribe casino plan
November 6, 2020 - On Tuesday the voters in Norfolk approved a plan by the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to build a $500M resort & casino on the Elizabeth River waterfront near Harbor Park. ... Read more
News Virginia
2020 Election: Virginia voters approve casinos in four cities
November 5, 2020 - Local voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth approved local referendums to build casinos in their respective cities. Votes were 2 to 1 in favor of these casinos. ... Read more
News Virginia
2020 Election: Hard Rock Casino in Bristol, VA is approved by voters
November 4, 2020 - Voters in Bristol, Virginia yesterday approved a ballot referendum to build a $400 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at the former Bristol Mall. The vote was 71% in favor. ... Read more
News United States
2020 Election: Native American Casino Issues
November 3, 2020 - There are a small number of ballot measures in today's election that will affect tribal gaming in some areas of the nation. The Pamunkey Tribe is seeking voter approval in Norfolk, Virginia to build a $500M casino ... Read more
News Virginia
Hard Rock Bristol plans temporary casino during main construction
November 2, 2020 - If the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino planned for Bristol, Virginia is approved by voters tomorrow, Hard Rock will build a temporary casino to operate until construction is finished on ... Read more
News Arizona
We-ko-pa Casino celebrates grand opening
November 1, 2020 - We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened its new casino on Friday Oct. 29 at 6 PM. An immediate celebration began through the weekend by giving guests a chance to win some of the $360,000 in cash and prizes. ... Read more
News Oklahoma
Oklahoma Gov. Stitt concedes fight over Indian gaming compacts
October 31, 2020 - This week Gov. Kevin Stitt abandoned his fight with Oklahoma tribes over renewal of gaming compacts after a federal judge ruled the compacts had automatically renewed Jan 1, 2020. ... Read more
News North Carolina
Federal Bill introduced to protect NC Land for Catawba Two Kings Casino
October 30, 2020 - A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last month to support the transfer North Carolina land owned by the Catawba Indians of South Carolina into ... Read more
News Arizona
Wild Horse Pass Casino Expansion Update
October 29, 2020 - This is the latest video of the construction project to expand Gila River's Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. A new hotel with 205 guest rooms is under construction as well as a makeover and upgrade to the casino. ... Read more
News California
Proposed Hard Rock Casino near Bakersfield awaits federal decision
October 28, 2020 - After a five-year review the U.S. Dept. of Interior will soon decide whether to approve a casino application from the Tejon Indian Tribe to build a Hard Rock Casino south of Bakersfield ... Read more
News Nevada
Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas receives gaming license for Jan 15 opening
October 27, 2020 - The Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be the first Native American casino to operate in Las Vegas, Nevada when it opens January 15, 2021. Last week the ... Read more
News Michigan
Michigan Tribes pay 2% to State. Which pay most?
October 26, 2020 - The Michigan Gaming Control Board has announced the share of gaming revenues paid to the state by each of the state's 12 federally-recognized tribes during the last fiscal year. Michigan tribes pay ... Read more
News California
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino reopens bingo
October 25, 2020 - On Friday Fantasy Springs Resort Casino reopened bingo after temporarily shutting it down last March for the COVID-19 pandemic. Player capacity is limited to 50% for social distancing, and masks are ... Read more
News Michigan
Proposed Muskegon casino takes key step towards federal approval
October 24, 2020 - In 2015 the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians applied to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for approval to build a new casino near Muskegon, Michigan. Last week, the ... Read more
News Oklahoma
Chickasaw Nation receives BIA land approval for two, new casinos
October 23, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved two applications from the Chickasaw Nation to transfer Chickasaw land into federal trust for the purpose of gaming. The tribe plans to build two casinos ... Read more
News Virginia
Hard Rock Bristol forecasts employment opportunities
October 22, 2020 - As the Nov. 3 election approaches, a job information event supporting the proposed Hard Rock Casino in Bristol was held by executives of Hard Rock International and Bristol's Chamber ... Read more
News Virginia
Pamunkey Tribe selects development team for Norfolk casino
October 21, 2020 - Last week the Pamunkey Tribe announced the hiring of a two-company development team for their proposed Norfolk Resort Casino. HKS Architects designed AT&T Stadium Dallas ... Read more
News Virginia
Pamunkey Tribe makes final push for Norfolk casino
October 20, 2020 - As the Nov. 3 election nears the Pamunkey Indian Tribe is making a final push for voter approval to build a casino near Harbor Park. The casino is supported by the Yes Norfolk Committee ... Read more
News Arkansas
Saracen Casino opens permanent casino facility!
October 19, 2020 - Last thursday the Saracen Casino officially opened its new permanent gaming facility featuring 2,000 slot machines, 35 table games and several restaurants. Construction on the casino began Aug 2019 ... Read more
News Idaho
Nez Perce Tribe announces industrial hemp plan
October 18, 2020 - The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking member approval for a proposed amendment to the Nez Perce Tribal Code to establish a regulatory framework for producing industrial hemp on tribal land under the 2018 Farm ... Read more
News Oregon
Grand Ronde Tribe plans new casino near Portland
October 17, 2020 - The Confederated Tribe of Grand Ronde is preparing new plans to build a casino in Wood Village, in eastern Multnomah County. The building site would be the former Multnomah Greyhound Park, which ... Read more
News Washington
Snoqualmie Casino opens the "Seahawks Pit"
October 16, 2020 - The Snoqualmie Casino has cut the ribbon on its new "Seahawks Pit" table game area. The Seahawks Pit features Seahawk branding on three blackjack tables, the playing cards, the center backdrop, and the dealer ... Read more
News California
Tachi Palace Expansion Plan 2021
October 15, 2020 - Tachi Palace Casino Resort plans to expand its total gaming space by 44,000 square feet, add a new bingo hall/event center, build a new 120-room hotel tower, add a conference center, build a 3-level parking garage and expand ... Read more
News Tennessee
Tennessee sports betting opens Nov 1
October 14, 2020 - Tennessee will be the next state to open legalized sports betting beginning on the first of November. Bets will only be accepted through online mobile apps. A total of five sportsbook operators are expected to ... Read more
News Arizona, New Mexico
Navajo Nation outlaws hemp
October 13, 2020 - A new amendment to the Navajo Nation Criminal Code has changed the legal definition of marijuana to mean the entire cannabis plant including hemp. Serious penalties are specified for any convicted Navajo official ... Read more
News Washington
New Quil Ceda Creek Casino opens in early 2021
October 12, 2020 - The existing Quil Ceda Creek Casino will be replaced by an all-new casino under construction just west of I-5 Exit 199 at Fourth Street and Marine Drive. The opening date will be in early 2021. ... Read more
News Arkansas
River Valley plans temporary casino
October 11, 2020 - River Valley Casino Resort was licensed on July 31, 2020 and is currently seeking additional approval to build a temporary casino to operate 500 slot machines and 8 table games while construction proceeds on ... Read more
News Michigan
Gun Lake Casino opens Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge
October 10, 2020 - On Oct. 3 the Gun Lake Casino opened its new sports betting venue named Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge. Bets can be placed on professional and college sports with single bets, over/under bets and ... Read more
News North Dakota
Two North Dakota Indian casinos will launch sports betting
October 9, 2020 - Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians has partnered with IGT PlaySports to bring sports betting to the tribe's two casinos: Grand Treasure Casino and Sky Dancer Casino and Resort. ... Read more
News South Dakota
South Dakota Will Vote on Sports Betting
October 9, 2020 - South Dakotans will decide whether to approve sports betting in the Nov. 3 election. Another ballot measure on whether to legalize marijuana is also on the ballot. Both are expected to draw a strong turnout, and both ... Read more
News LA, MS, NC
2020 Best Casinos in the Native American South
October 8, 2020 - The 2020 Best of Gaming Awards have been presented to the top Native American casinos located in our southern states. The major categories are Best Casino, Best Hotel and Best Overall Gaming Resort ... Read more
News New York
Turning Stone Resort Casino named 2020 Best Overall Gaming Resort
October 7, 2020 - Turning Stone is New York's first-place winner in the top three gaming categories of the 2020 Best of Gaming Awards published by Casino Player Magazine. ... Read more
News Oklahoma
Best Oklahoma Casinos win 2020 Awards
October 6, 2020 - Four Oklahoma casinos were recognized in this year's Best of Gaming Awards presented by Casino Player Magazine. These include Choctaw Casino Durant, Downstream Casino, River Spirit Casino and Hard Rock Tulsa. ... Read more
News Washington
Six Washington Casinos win 2020 Best of Gaming Awards
October 5, 2020 - Six tibal casinos in Washington State were named winners in this year's Best of Gaming Awards in the Native American Northwest. First place awards went to Ilani Casino, The Skagit Casino Resort and The ... Read more
News Iowa
Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel named Best Overall Gaming Resort
October 4, 2020 - Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel received several awards in the 2020 Best of Gaming Awards published by Casino Player Magazine. The Iowa casino hotel won first place ... Read more
News Florida
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood wins 2020 Best Of Gaming Awards October 3, 2020 - Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood was recognized by Casino Player Magazine as the 2020 winner of three major Best Of Gaming Awards. The casino won first place as ... Read more
News Oregon
Wildhorse Family FunPlex opens at Wildhorse Resort & Casino
October 2, 2020 - Wildhorse Resort & Casino has completed the first phase of an $85 million expansion project and opened the new Wildhorse Family FunPlex featuring an upscale bowling center named Quaking ... Read more
News Nevada
Mohegan Sun Casino At Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opens Jan 15, 2021
October 1, 2020 - The new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and its Mohegan Sun Casino will open to the public on January 15, 2021. The new property is built on the site of the former Hard Rock Las Vegas. ... Read more
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