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July - August 2002
Indian Gaming News

31st August         Connecticut       Source: New Haven Register
Jury convicts 2 Foxwoods loan sharks

27th August         New York State       Source: Buffalo Business Journal
Stakes high as casino plans take shape
The Seneca Tribe are hoping to open two casinos, one on the American side of Niagara Falls and the other in downtown Buffalo.

27th August         Michigan       Source: The Detroit News
U.P. tribe ignores odds in casino legal battles - Pending case with Detroit another example band is unfazed by big opponents

25th August         New York      Source: The Boston Herald
A new dawn: New York's Catskills set to play casino card to bring back tourism

24th August         Biddeford, Maine     Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino plan gets mixed reviews in Maine

24th August         New York & Illinois      Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Alpha Hospitality Notified of Judge's Decision
Park Place Gets Dismissed a Suit Involving Catskills Casino Project

22nd August         Washington       Source: Yahoo/AP
Commissioner of Indian gaming board resigns
The National Indian Gaming Commission was created in 1988. It has a budget of $7.8 million to monitor some 300 Indian casinos generating revenues of over $12 billion.

21st August         New York State      Source: New York Post - editorial
Pataki's big gamble
Although a compact has been signed by the Governor the New York Post's editorial points out that  "the Constitution bans casino gambling in general - and slot machines in particular."

20th August         New York      Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle/AP
Senecas and NY sign casinos contract - Indian nation starting with Niagara Falls and Buffalo venues
The AP story carries a photo of the signing of the 14 year compact by New York Governor George Pataki and Seneca President Cyrus Schindler. 

19th August         Niagara Falls, New York       Source:
Seneca Indians to get green light from New York on casinos
The 6,700 members of the Seneca tribe now will be able to open casinos in Niagara Falls and Buffalo with expected $3 billion a year in revenues. The compact will be over a period of 14 years with 25% of slot revenue being handed to New York state.

18th August         Connecticut      Source:
Guilty Plea In Casino Theft

18th August         Connecticut       Source:
If Easterns get casino, it may be a union shop - Labor organization seeks role in state's next gaming facility

17th August         Oklahoma       Source: Native American Times
Seminole Nation fined $8M by Gaming Commission

16th August         Connecticut       Source: Norwich Bulletin
Foxwoods slot revenues take slight dip
Win for July on the 6,672 machines was $72 million from a total handle of $890 million. Average daily win per machine was $348. The tribe keeps 75% of slot win and 100% from table games.

14th August         South Dakota       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Native American Progressive Jackpots Total Surpasses Half Billion Dollar Mark
22 progressive jackpot systems with 4,000 machines are linked to Indian casinos located in 13 different states. IGT subsidiary Sodak Gaming maintains the operation from South Dakota.

13th August         Connecticut        Source: Norwich Bulletin
Three charged with check scam at Mohegan Sun

13th August         California        Source: San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 10th
Governor lifts ban on talks about adding tribal casinos

11th August         Washington State       Source: Salt Lake Tribune/AP
Study: Gambling Revenues Help Tribes - Recover From Poverty
Every western state in the US has some for of Indian gaming apart from Utah. 340 Indian casinos in 30 states generated $13 billion in revenues in 2001.

8th August        New York State       Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
N.Y. tribe's casino plan moving along

8th August        Connecticut        Source: Herald
Trump pressures tribe on casino

8th August        California        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Opens Southern California's First Las Vegas-Style Casino

7th August        Connecticut         Source:
Donald Trump threatens suit if excluded from tribe's casino plans

6th August        Connecticut      Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Connecticut casino plan stirs fears, hopes

5th August        Connecticut       Source: The Norwich Bulletin
Group sounds alarm about casino drawbacks

2nd August       Sacramento, California        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Groups Challenging Proposition 1A File Notice of Appeal With Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

31st July       California       Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Greed tars Indian casinos - opinion
California's 46 Indian casinos are now thought to generate annual revenues of $5 billion - about half the total of Nevada.

30th July       California        Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Davis alters tack, seeks to halt casino project
San Diego County now has 9 Indian casinos. There are worries that the compact with the State of California does not adequately address potential environmental problems.

30th July       California        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Groups Challenging Proposition 1A Express Disappointment With Judge's Ruling - Ruling Likely to Be Appealed

27th July       Connecticut        Source: The Hartford Courant
Mohegan tribe plans to invest in other casinos
The Mohegan Sun is not only the world's second largest casino it is also one of the most profitable. 6,2000 slots made an average of $323 per day and table games won $60 million in the last quarter.

26th July       Connecticut        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Third Quarter Operating Results

26th July       Connecticut        Source: The Norwich Bulletin
Police duo say casino probes led to ouster

26th July       Texas        Source: Northern Light/AP
Tribe in Texas Shuts Down Casino
Yahoo/AP photos

26th July       Detroit, Michigan        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sault Tribe Chairman Bouschor Recognized for Vision, Leadership That Brought Gaming to Detroit
The Sault tribe, with Greektown casino in Detroit operate 6 casinos in Michigan and have 29,000 members.

25th July       Connecticut      Source: Journal Inquirer
Anti-casino group gathers momentum as road show heads for stafford
Connecticut Citizens against Casinos are opposed to the setting up of additional Indian casinos in the state.

24th July       Detroit        Source: Detroit News
Tribe asks appeals court to block permanent Detroit casinos

23rd July       Houston, Texas        Source: Yahoo/AP
Texas Tribe Appeals Casino Closing
Alabama-Coushatta tribe could well be the second Texas tribe to have a casino closed. The Tigua Indians had to shut down their casino in El Paso earlier this year.

17th July       California        Source: Northern Light/AP, Yahoo/AP & The Desert Sun
California Tribe Set to Open Casino
Indian tribe with only eight members set to open casino in Southern California
Tribe of 1 joins gaming business Augustine Casino operators promise cozy atmosphere 
The Indian tribe's 8 members now have a casino with 10 tables and 349 slots. A $16 million expansion is planned to open in November.

16th July       Sacramento, California        Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Attorney general wants Calif. tribe to stop work on casino

16th July       Michigan        Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Lac Vieux Desert Band Appeals Casino Ruling, Requests Injunction - Says Judge Erred in Not Providing Remedy in Illegitimate Casino Selection Process

15th July       California        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Barona Casino Inks $1.5 Million, Multi-Year Sponsorship Deal with Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

15th July       Connecticut         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Anti-casino group forms in eastern Connecticut

7th July       New Mexico        Source: Fox News
Indian Properties: More Than Just Casinos
More than 56 million acres of land in the U.S. are currently under Native Indian ownership.

3rd July       Connecticut         Source:
Anti-Casino Forces Meet
Residents of Eastern Connecticut are prepared to fight plans for two more casinos in the state after the Federal recognition of two local different Indian groups, the Eastern Pequots and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequots.