Gaming


July 29, 2014 10:34 AM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
On June 23, President Obama nominated Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri (member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma) to serve as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission ("NIGC"). Chaudhuri is currently serving . . . read more
July 7, 2014 2:10 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The 2014 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo will be held July 14-16 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. . . read more
May 13, 2014 11:50 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Washington State Gambling Commission ("WSGC") approved the Cowlitz Tribe's gaming compact last Thursday in a 6-3 vote. Tribal Chairman Iyall presented the terms of the compact . . . read more
April 11, 2014 11:18 AM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
Registration is open for the 2014 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo. The annual event is being held at Little Creek Casino Resort from July 14-16 . . . read more
February 11, 2014 11:14 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) is holding tribal consultations to discuss what level of environmental review, if any, is required before NIGC approves management contracts under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) . . . read more
January 8, 2014 9:25 AM | Posted by Coyle, Briana | Permalink
In December, the Chickasaw Nation and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe filed their opening briefs in the Tenth Circuit and Sixth Circuit, respectively. Both tribes are challenging the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) . . . read more
January 6, 2014 11:27 AM | Posted by Masse, Christine | Permalink
On December 26, 2013, the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma (CNA) filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn arising out of Washburn's letter disapproving a proposed amendment to the gaming compact between the Tribe and the State of Oklahoma related to Internet gaming . . . read more
January 3, 2014 2:25 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Association is holding their 2014 Winter Legislative Summit January 28-29 in Washington D.C. read more
December 10, 2013 8:32 AM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
At the University of Washington’s Tribal Leadership Summit in 2012, Virginia Cross, the Chair of the Muckleshoot Tribal Council, asked the University of Washington to develop an educational program to assist more tribal members to move into management positions in tribal casinos and hospitality enterprises. read more
December 6, 2013 4:02 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

The 11th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit is next week in Seattle on December 12th and 13th. Conference co-chairs Gabe Galanda, Robert Tull, and Frank Miller have put together a strong program again this year.

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December 4, 2013 2:38 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Michigan v. Bay Mills. The case presents two issues for the court: (1) whether a federal court has jurisdiction to enjoin activity . . . read more
August 15, 2013 10:47 AM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
We are pleased to announce that among the thirty Miller Nash attorneys named today to The Best Lawyers in America® list, Christine Masse was named as the 2014 Seattle gaming law "Lawyer of the Year." read more
June 19, 2013 8:47 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

The National Indian Gaming Commission will conduct a public commission meeting on July 18 in Washington State. The open meeting is scheduled following the Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington.

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June 7, 2013 3:44 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Governor Inslee recently appointed Chris Stearns as a Commissioner to the Washington State Gambling Commission. read more
May 23, 2013 10:15 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Bon jour! I recently returned from the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) conference in Montreal, Quebec. read more
April 29, 2013 8:05 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) published a final rule amending its technical standards for Class II gaming systems and equipment "to harmonize the charitable gaming exemption amount in the technical standards . . . read more
April 22, 2013 7:49 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

The Washington Indian Gaming Association has announced their 2013 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo will be held July 15-17 at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

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April 18, 2013 8:35 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Washington poker players want to legalize online gambling in our state. A Washington poker player, Curtis Woodard, has drafted two initiatives to legalize internet poker and to remove the criminal penalties for players. read more
April 11, 2013 8:02 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
This week, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians announced a major expansion plan for its Emerald Queen Casino. read more
April 4, 2013 11:49 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Today, the National Indian Gaming Commission published their final rule on self-regulation of Class II gaming. The effective date of the regulations is September 1, 2013. read more
March 28, 2013 8:30 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

Daniel J. Little has been reappointed for a three-year term as Associate Commissioner of the National Indian Gaming Commission and Christinia Thomas, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, as been announced as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

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March 26, 2013 1:01 PM | Posted by Masse, Christine | Permalink
The 2013 National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow & Convention is being held this week in Phoenix, Arizona. read more
February 22, 2013 3:36 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Yesterday, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed legislation legalizing online gambling. read more
February 21, 2013 3:55 PM | Posted by Molatore, Clifton | Permalink
Appellate briefs were filed with the California Court of Appeals in the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians appeal of a $30 million judgment in favor of a developer related to the Tribe's failed attempt to develop a casino in the late 1990s. read more
February 4, 2013 8:04 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

The Washington State Gambling Commission has partnered with the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling to launch two problem gambling education and awareness Public Service Announcements (PSA) in 2013.

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December 11, 2012 4:36 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

The Annual Gaming Law Summit in Seattle produced by The Seminar Group provides both national and Northwest perspective on a host of topics, including gaming litigation and legislation, regulatory updates, development and financing news, legal updates, and insights from tribal leaders.

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November 21, 2012 3:57 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

Tribal leaders will gather in Washington DC on December 4 and 5 to attend two high-level events–the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference and the National Indian Gaming Association's Tribal Leaders Winter Legislative Summit.

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October 22, 2012 1:07 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Just weeks on the job, newly confirmed U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn, was faced with needing to make a decision on the long-awaited Mashpee Wampanoag gaming compact. read more
October 17, 2012 11:39 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Backers of two ballot measures aimed at legalizing a private casino in Wood Village, Oregon, have decided to suspend their campaign . . . read more
August 20, 2012 12:00 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The University of Washington is hosting its annual Indian Law Symposium,  September 6th & 7th. The program highlights include . . . read more
August 15, 2012 2:52 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The IRS office of Indian Tribal Governments (ITG) is hosting three training workshops for Tribal employers and casino operators covering . . . read more
August 8, 2012 9:00 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
With the likelihood of lifting the Federal 2006 ban on Internet gambling looking inevitable, more tribes, including the Tulalip Tribes here in Washington state, are lining up to . . . read more
July 27, 2012 8:00 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Casino proponents are making another run at the ballot box seeking voter approval for a commercial casino in Wood Village, Oregon . . . read more
July 26, 2012 1:10 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is broadcasting a live webcast of today's Oversight Hearing on Regulation of Tribal Gaming . . . read more
July 24, 2012 2:10 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Congratulations to Ron Allen, Chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and Chair of the Washington Indian Gaming Association for . . . read more
July 12, 2012 11:00 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission is holding the last of five consultations July 19. The consultation will be held at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington immediately following . . . read more
May 18, 2012 10:52 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument from David Patchak, an individual opposed to gaming, who sued to stop the opening of a casino by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan. Mr. Patchak's two related legal challenges made their way to the highest court last month. read more
April 25, 2012 11:33 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Football League (NFL) changed course and recently ruled that casino advertisements can appear in TV ads, on local radio broadcasts, and inside stadiums. read more
April 17, 2012 1:47 PM | Posted by Sasaki, Valerie | Permalink

In its March 27, 2012 opinion, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe v. Town of Leyard, the US District Court for the District of Connecticut addressed whether the Town of Leyard, Connecticut could impose its ad valorem property tax on slot machines that non-tribal vendors leased to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe.  The court held that the tribe had standing under on a "discrete claim of injury" based on the tribe's "substantive interest in self-government with respect to the state's authority to impose taxation".  The court further held that the Town of Leyard could not impose this tax on the leased slot machines.

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April 15, 2012 7:33 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

I'm attending the International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and enjoying the warm weather, networking, and conference program which features over 80 speakers and includes an Indian Gaming track. I'll be speaking on Tuesday as a member of the "Legislative/Regulatory Update in Indian Country" panel.

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April 2, 2012 3:59 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
We are in San Diego for the National Indian Gaming Association's 2012 Indian Gaming Convention & Tradeshow. read more
March 26, 2012 2:22 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Association will be holding a forum on Internet Gaming following the annual National Indian Gaming Association 2012 convention and tradeshow. read more
February 10, 2012 11:42 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
On Thursday, February 9th the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing regarding the recent Department of Justice opinion on internet gaming. read more
February 1, 2012 8:59 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission published proposed rule changes in the Federal Register on January 31, 2012. The rule changes would impact appeal proceedings before NIGC, review of tribal facility license submissions, and qualification criteria for tribal self-regulation. read more
January 30, 2012 10:56 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Association Winter Legislative Summit is being held February 7-8 in Washington DC. Topics to be covered include internet gaming, labor issues, land into trust, and the NIGC regulatory process. read more
January 16, 2012 3:33 PM | Posted by Jordan, James | Permalink
In a recent 5-4 decision (ZDI Gaming, Inc. v. State), the Washington Supreme Court upheld the superior court's jurisdiction to review a Washington State Gambling Commission ("Commission") decision. In the case at issue, the Commission denied the application of ZDI Gaming Inc. to distribute its VIP (video interactive display) electronic pull tab machine. Although the gaming machine petition was made moot by a change in Commission rules, the jurisdictional question remained a disputed question. read more
December 30, 2011 9:57 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink

The Department of Justice issued an opinion letter on Friday, December 23, 2011, that reversed prior interpretation of the Wire Act and opened the door for on-line state lottery ticket sales.

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December 2, 2011 10:48 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Ron Allen, Chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and chairman of the Washington Indian Gaming Commission, appears as a guest columnist in today's Seattle Times addressing some common misperceptions about tribal gaming. read more
November 17, 2011 1:28 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC/Commission) will hold a consultation on December 5, 2011 at the Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Washington. This consultation session is an opportunity for Tribal leaders to provide the Commission with substantive input during the regulatory review process. read more
November 3, 2011 3:26 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Two U.S. companies, Boyd Gaming Corp. and MGM Resorts International, have entered agreements with an international online gaming company in anticipation of the legalization of online poker in the United States. read more
October 27, 2011 4:13 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Today, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced an "organizational realignment," resulting in a reduction of eight full-time positions, four of which are in Washington, DC. read more
October 13, 2011 10:16 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Congratulations to our longtime friend and client, Ron Allen, Chairman and CEO of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe on being named the 2011 Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year by Casino Enterprise Management. read more
October 11, 2011 3:53 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC/Commission) announced the selection of representatives to serve on the Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) to assist the Commission’s review of the Technical Standards and Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS). The NIGC also sent a reminder that the NIGC will hold a Regulatory Review consultation on Thursday, November 3, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. read more
October 3, 2011 11:25 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Global Gaming Expo 2011 begins today, October 3, and the Exhibit Show Floor opens tomorrow, October 4. 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 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
August 18, 2011 6:42 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is quickly approaching with a few changes in store this year. read more
August 16, 2011 3:30 PM | Posted by Jordan, James | Permalink
The New York Times ran a story on August 14 on why and how states, both those that do and do not allow casino gambling, are looking to cash in on the popularity of on-line gambling as a way to bolster local budgets. read more
July 19, 2011 12:00 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding two roundtable discussions in the coming weeks to discuss taxation issues and also internet gaming. The first discussion, Raising Revenues for our Future, will be held today, July 19, 2011, in Washington DC. read more
July 18, 2011 1:00 PM | Posted by Van Dusen, Frank | Permalink
A federal district court, citing the Tenth Circuit's particular expertise, issued an injunction Monday (July 11, 2011) barring the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB’) from proceeding with two unfair labor practice charges against the Chickasaw Nation's Department of Commerce, which operates tribal casinos on tribal lands.  It appears that the order is contrary to the 2007 DC Circuit decision in San Manuel where the DC Circuit held that a tribal casino is a commercial enterprise when substantially all its employees and customers are not tribal. read more
July 7, 2011 9:52 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
On June 17th, Nevada’s Governor signed a bill into law which will allow independent laboratories to certify gambling machines in that state. Testing and certification of gambling machines is currently limited to state-run labs, but beginning next year, Assembly Bill 279 will lift that restriction. read more
June 14, 2011 5:04 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
Nearly one year after being asked to undertake a thorough review of off-reservation gaming policy, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk announced on June 14 that the Department has rescinded a 2008 memorandum authored by then Assistant Secretary Carl Artman. read more
May 31, 2011 4:15 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Washington Indian Gaming Association ("WIGA") has announced the preliminary agenda for the 2011 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo. read more
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 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 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