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May - June 2002
Indian Gaming News

29th June       Florida - Seminole Indian Gaming       Source: Orlando Sentinel
New casinos raise stakes in Florida
With just a Class II license the Seminole Indians of Florida are building two enlarged casinos that will trade under the Hard Rock brand.

28th June       Union, Connecticut        Source:
Anti-Casino Meeting Draws Nearly 200 In Union
Residents of northeastern Connecticut are fearful that the Federal recognition of two new Indian tribes in the State will lead to casinos being located in their communities.

27th June       Sacramento, California       Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Tribal opposition kills Internet gambling ban Bill dies for lack of Senate action
The California Nations Indian Gaming Association opposed the bill unless there was an amendment to exempt their members.

26th June       New York State      Source: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/AP & Buffalo Business Journal
Senecas move forward with casino plans
Senecas release plan for Niagara Falls casino
The 800-page compact with the State of New York is awaiting the signature of Governor George Pataki.

26th June       Temecula, California      Source:
New Pechanga Resort, Casino opens to 50,000
The estimated total compares to an average daily attendance at Britain's 119 casinos of just over 30,000.

25th June       California       Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gambling expansion proceeds in three states - Pechanga tribe opens luxury resort in Calif.

24th June       Connecticut      Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & USA Today
Mohegan Sun Hosts Star-Studded Gala
Many stars orbit Mohegan Sun

23rd June       Connecticut       Source: Norwich Bulletin &
Casino tribes hold the key to any future slots in state
Clinton Helps Tribe Celebrate Its Success
Following the success of Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun, two more Indian tribes are pushing to open casinos in the state.

23rd June       Connecticut       Source:
Website Aims At Casinos - Tribes See It As An Attempt To Fuel Bigotry, Harassment
The website in question is:

22nd June       Connecticut       Source:
Clinton to be on hand for debut of Sun expansion - Mohegans will thank ex-president for his help

21st June       Connecticut       Source:
Perini Building Company Completes Mohegan Sun; Is Now Leading Builder of Native American Hospitality Projects

20th June       California       Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Pechanga to open West's largest tribal hotel-casino
The Pechanga Resort & Casino will have a 65,000-sq ft gaming floor with 2,000 slots and 85 table games and replaces the tribes smaller casino that first opened in 1995.
Website links:
Tribal member Victor Rocha's is an unrivaled casino and Indian news service

19th June       Connecticut       Source:
Casino employee sentenced for theft

17th June       Mississippi       Source: Yahoo/AP Photos
Golden Moon Hotel and Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi
Close up of the eight story Golden Moon atop the hotel
Two photo's of the amazing casino development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - part of the Pearl River Resort.

17th June       Austin, Texas      Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP & Yahoo/Business Wire
Gambling machine banned
NIGC Publishes New Gaming Rules
Press release from Multimedia Games Inc. The company produces the MegaNanza bingo game.

15th June       Connecticut       Source:
Casino Slots Still A Jackpot For State
The total slot handle for May at Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun was $1.6 billion. Some 13,000 slots are now in operation at the two casinos.

14th June       Sacramento, California      Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Gaming panel to assume control of slot-machine allocations
California gaming tribes and the Governor's office still appear to be unsure as to the total of slots allowed on reservations.

12th June       Florida & New York        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Seminole Tribe of Florida Makes History - Closes on $315 Million in Bonds to Finance Hard Rock Hotel & Resort Projects and Create as Many as 7,500 Jobs

10th June        New York        Source: Buffalo News
Pataki accused of stalling on casino compact

9th June        Connecticut       Source:
Wanted: Good home for another local casino - Most community leaders say they'd oppose any tribal advances, but...

4th June        Connecticut       Source: The Boston Day
Story of Foxwoods is seen as a worthy topic for the screen - 'Without Reservation' attracts attention of production company

29th May        Detroit        Source: The Detroit News
Tribe now runs Greektown Casino

28th May        Connecticut       Source: New York Post
Canned casino manager calls Indian casino "Bluff"
Foxwood's is the world's largest casino and is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe.

25th May        Sacramento, California      Source:
Building begins on Sonoma County casino near Bay Area

20th May        York, Maine        Source: The Boston Globe
Maine town rejects casino idea
A number of Maine towns are holding ballots to see if their citizens are in favour of establishing Indian owned casinos.

19th May       Washington State      Source: Seattle Times
Hitting the jackpot and raising the stakes
The 2,713-member Puyallup tribe presently makes an estimated $7 million a month from their casino, a newer $200 million development is due to open in September 2004.

17th May       Indian Gaming      Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Tribal casinos push economy, study finds
The U.S. now has 212 tribes that operate 340 "gaming facilities" in 30 different states. Estimated win in 2001 - $11.9 billion.

17th May       Buffalo, New York      Source:
The irony is thick in casino deal - Opinion

16th May       Connecticut      Source: The Hartford Courant
Foxwoods' Slot Revenue Flat; Mohegan's Is Up
Connecticut's two casinos, the worlds largest, had a comblined slot handle of $1.55 Billion in April and a win of $123 million. The two casinos have a total of 12,565 machines.

16th May       Connecticut      Source: North Haven Post
North Haven man robs casino
Further details of last weeks $386,000 chip theft from Foxwoods casino.

15th May       New York State     Source: Boston Globe
N.Y. tribe backs casino deal - State plan seeks resorts in Buffalo, Niagara Falls area
Of the 7,118 tribal members, 4,561 were eligible to vote. The result was 1,077 for and 976 against. The deal requires approval from the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs

15th May       Florida      Source: Miami Herald & Sun Sentinel
Seminole Tribe ceremony marks start of hotel venture
Work to resume on Seminoles' Hard Rock resort

15th May       New York State      Source: Yahoo/AP
Seneca Tribe Casino Deal Approved
The Seneca tribe voted 1,077 - 976 in favour of the proposed casino deal with New York State, they will initially keep 82% of slot win and all table game profits.

14th May       California       Source: Las Vegas Sun
Tiny Calif. tribe at center of federal investigation
A complex story concerning the control of the 3 member Buena Vista Me-Wuk tribe and their plans to build a $150 million casino.

13th May       Connecticut       Source: The Hartford Courant
Tribes Should Share The Casino Wealth - Opinion
Not all US Indian Tribes have decided to open casinos. Many that have reservations in remote areas continue to live in poverty.

8th -10th May       Connecticut       Source:
New Haven man arrested in Foxwoods armed robbery
Robbery suspect had lost $164,000 at area casinos

7th May       New York       Source:
Gambling opponents unite against planned Indian casinos

6th May       Arizona        Source: Yahoo/The Arizona Daily Star
2 tribes give rare look at profits from gambling

4th May       Florida        Source: Tribune
Hard Rock Secures Funds to Build Casinos on Two Florida Indian Reservations

4th May       Florida        Source: St. Petersburg Times
Tribe's plan leaves casino foes in a Hard Rock place

3rd May       New York       Source: New York Times
Court Decision Raises Question of Legality of New York Casinos

3rd May       Connecticut       Source:
An End To New Casinos? - Some Are Pushing To Change State Law
With up to five Indian Tribes wanting to open casinos in Connecticut some state legislators are pushing for an outright ban on Las Vegas style games.

3rd May       Edmonton, Canada      Source: Edmonton Journal/
City in talks with natives over casino, hotel plans

3rd May       New York      Source: Las Vegas Sun
Court invalidates N.Y. Indian casino deal

2nd May       Connecticut      Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Second Quarter Operating Results
The world's second largest casino had revenues of $249.1 million for the quarter an increase of 22.4% over the same period in 2001. Website