April 2011


April 28, 2011 4:03 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The IRS Indian Tribal Governments Division (the "ITG") is a great resource for information about changes in federal tax laws and how those changes impact tribal governments. The ITG publishes a quarterly newsletter with tax news and updates. Also, ITG still has openings for the May 2011 Outreach Employment Tax and Gaming Tax workshops being conducted in Portland, Oregon, on May 17, 18, and 19, 2011 read more
April 26, 2011 6:37 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Washington State Legislature has returned to Olympia to begin a 30-day legislative session. The primary goal will be to reconcile the House and Senate proposed budgets. One big-ticket item under debate is the privatization of the Washington State Liquor Control Board's distribution center in Seattle. read more
April 20, 2011 3:05 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio (PSPR) ran an interesting story on Tuesday, April 19, about Snohomish County reaching out to local tribes to help fund county government. read more
April 18, 2011 3:03 PM | Posted by Van Dusen, Frank | Permalink
Tribal business enterprises face many of the same challenges that the private sector does in this weak economy. Unfortunately, this may mean that plant closings and layoffs are necessary for tribal enterprises—and tribes should be aware of a federal act designed to give notice of mass layoffs. read more
April 14, 2011 8:43 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Automotive United Trades Organization ("AUTO") is appealing a decision to dismiss its case against the state challenging the tribal fuel compacts directly to the Supreme Court of Washington. read more
April 11, 2011 11:08 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Washington State Gambling Commission ("WSGC") meeting will be held this Thursday, April 14, in Olympia. read more
April 8, 2011 2:14 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Washington Indian Gaming Association ("WIGA") has announced its annual conference and trade show, the 2011 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo, being held July 11-13 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. read more
April 6, 2011 10:32 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Center for Women & Democracy's 9th annual "Kicking Up Our Heels" event is being held on April 14 at the Governor's Mansion on the Capital Campus in Olympia and will be honoring Washington's Native American Tribal Women Leaders. read more
April 5, 2011 5:10 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Today at the National Indian Gaming Association ("NIGA") conference and trade show, the membership reelected Ernest Stevens, Jr. (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), to serve as its chairman for an unprecedented sixth term. read more
April 5, 2011 1:48 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

Today, News Tribune staff writer Peter Callaghan penned an interesting article debunking the “myth” of revenue-sharing in tribal gaming and what that means for Washington State.

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April 4, 2011 1:41 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Today the National Indian Gaming Commission (the "NIGC") announced a new round of tribal consultations to review a broad swath of its current regulations. read more
April 1, 2011 2:03 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
As of June 30, 2011, the Washington State Tourism office will shutter operations after its funding was pulled as a result of the current economic crisis. read more
April 1, 2011 1:34 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

We would like to thank Dale Faulstich, an artist and woodcarver who lives and works on North Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, for allowing us to use images of his work on our Native American Law Focus blog and web site.

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