September 2011

September 28, 2011 4:36 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has developed draft legislation in an effort to clarify that educational and cultural benefits provided by Indian tribal governments to their members are not subject to income taxation. read more
September 27, 2011 4:51 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Fawn R. Sharp, Quinault Nation Chairwoman, was elected president of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians ("ATNI"). read more
September 26, 2011 7:52 AM | Posted by Sasaki, Valerie | Permalink
In a decision that is significant for a variety of tax reasons, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe's wholly-owned employee leasing company (Mainstay Business Solutions) was both the statutory and common law employer of the employees that it leased in California, Hawaii, and Nevada. read more
September 23, 2011 11:03 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Governor Chris Gregoire announced yesterday, September 22nd,  that she will call a 30-day special legislative session beginning November 28, after the next state revenue forecast is released. read more
September 22, 2011 9:00 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling is holding its Four Directions Tribal Problem Gambling Awareness Conference on October 10-11 at Tulalip Resort. read more
September 20, 2011 3:49 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The 2011 NIGA Mid-year conference and expo will be held at Mohegan Sun on October 17-19, 2011. read more
September 19, 2011 1:29 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Washington State Joint Executive-Legislative Workgroup on Tribal Retrocession met last Friday, September 16, to discuss retrocession of state jurisdiction and its impact in areas such as mental health, public assistance, juvenile delinquency, and compulsory school attendance. read more
September 16, 2011 11:51 AM | Posted by Van Dusen, Frank | Permalink
This year, the Mashantucket Tribe challenged union election results because the union made "inflammatory appeals to voters' racial and ethnic prejudice regarding the granting of preferential employment rights to Native Americans." Pro-union postings by paid union agents, and employees who were union agents, through letters, leaflets, and Facebook postings were characterized as racist by the employer in its challenge to the union election vote. read more
September 13, 2011 9:54 AM | Posted by Molatore, Clifton | Permalink
On September 6, 2011, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's opinion in Wells Fargo Bank, National Association v. Lake of the Torches Economic Development Corporation that the bond indenture at issue constitutes an unapproved management contract and is void. read more
September 9, 2011 2:29 PM | Posted by Masse, Christine | Permalink
An article appeared on the Seattle P-I blog this week drawing attention to the latest Public Disclosure filings for Initiative 1183, the fall ballot measure to close state liquor stores and allow state licensing of private parties in Washington. read more
September 6, 2011 10:38 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued four decisions on applications for off-reservation tribal gaming last Friday, September 2, 2011: two were approved and two were denied. read more