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November - December 2002
Indian Gaming News

30th December          Niagara Falls         Source: The Buffalo News
Third and final 'play day' has folks betting on Seneca casino's success

30th December          Connecticut         Source: The Press of Atlantic City
The New Beast of the East - Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino hotel offers lessons for A.C.
Despite competition, Foxwoods still strong
Employees benefit at Connecticut casinos - must read!
Joe Weinert with a trio of detailed reports from the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. The two casinos between them have over 21,000 employees.

30th December          New York & Niagara Falls          Source: Yahoo/New York Post
Pataki's Bad Bet
The New York Post with a tough editorial denouncing the deal between the Governor and the Seneca Indian Tribe.

28th December         Niagara Falls        Source: The Buffalo News & Democrat & Chronicle
Casino opening promises busy streets
Casino has it doubters
On eve of casino opening, Senecas betting on future
The Seneca Niagara Casino's scheduled opening is at 12 o'clock on New Years Day with 2,625 Slots  & 93 tables.

27th December         Niagara Falls        Source: Newsday/AP
Casino rekindles hope in struggling Niagara Falls

27th December         Florida        Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
IRS targets Seminoles for tax-free spending sprees

26th December         New York          Source: Las Vegas Sun/New York Times
Niagara Falls hopes Seneca casino will bring prosperity
The Seneca Indians who are planning on opening their casino in just 5 days, paid just $1 for 13 acres including the former Niagara Falls Convention Center.

23rd December         Mississippi          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise Announces 2002 Annual Results
The Choctaw's casino had a gross win of $227 million for the year. Website:

23rd December         New York          Source: Buffalo Business Journal
Seneca casino ready to roll
Interesting look at the work of set-up specialist Michael "Mickey" Brown. The Seneca casino recently trained over 300 dealers and is due to open on New Years Day in the former Niagara Falls Convention Center.

22nd December         Indian Gaming - Michigan          Source: The Grand Rapids Press
Casino trio could hit jackpot

22nd December         Sacramento, California          Source: Sacramento Bee
No sure bets as tribes, state revisit casino pacts
In California at the moment there are some 50 tribes with gaming operations that have a total of 48,000 slots.

22nd December         Indian Gaming          Source: Arizona Republic - Editorial
It's a tribal gamble, win or lose  'Time' probe of casino gaming ignores positives

21st December         Connecticut          Source: The Norwich Bulletin
Dealers learn the game at new center - Foxwood's new gaming training center also will house its entertainment department.
The $9 million training facility is large enough to house 400 and students. Trainees learn either Blackjack or Craps over a 10 week period. Foxwoods has some 11,000 employees.

20th December         Niagara Falls          Source: Buffalo News
Casino restricts gambling to 21 and over
The compact between the Seneca Nation and the State of New York allows 18 year olds to gamble. The casino however plans on offering free alcoholic drinks to gamblers.

20th December         Washington          Source: Press release
AGA Position Statement re: TIME Magazine Articles

20th December         Sacramento & Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
National Indian Gaming Commission Approves Seven Year Management Agreement
NIGA has approved Station Casino's to manage the Thunder Valley Casino and receive a 24% share of revenues.

19th December         Bridgeport, Connecticut          Source:
Bridgeport, tribe agree to casino plan

19th December         Syracuse, New York          Source:
Documents give financial picture of Oneida businesses
The Turning Stone Casino in Verona operated by the Oneida Nation made a profit of nearly $70 million in 2001 on turnover of $232 million.

19th December         Arizona          Source: Arizoa Republic
Casino test-drives slots - Gamemakers seek advice of gamblers
The Mazatzal Casino invited 200 of its best slot players to test drive 30 machines from 7 different manufacturers.

18th December         Arizona          Source:
Vegas-style blackjack to bring hundreds of new jobs to state
After the passing of Proposition 202 last month Arizona's Indian casinos are on the lookout for some 1,200 dealers.

18th December         Washington          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gaming regulator vows to be firm
Philip Hogen is the new chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.

17th December         Connecticut          Source: The Hartford Courant
Mohegan Sun Wins Monthly Slots Race
No More Gambling Palaces - Editorial
Total slot handle at Connecticut's two Indian casinos was $1.54 billion in November up 5% from 2001.

17th December         Florida         Source: Miami Herald
Billie: I OK'd Internet gambling - Tribal chairman takes stand in embezzling case

16th December         Indian Gaming         Source: TIME Magazine
Playing the Political Slots - How Indian casino interests have learned the art of buying influence in Washington
TIME continues its statistic filled investigation of Indian Gaming in the 23rd December issue.
Look who's cashing in at Indian Casinos - 16th December issue

15th December         Niagara Falls         Source: Buffalo News
Casino training school graduates 315
The Seneca Niagara Casino will open on New Years Day with some 550 gaming staff - 315 coming from the in-house training school.

14th December         Connecticut        Source: Norwich Bulletin
Place tolls on roads leading to casinos - Opinion
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods receive around 40,000 cars a day a $1 toll would raise $14.6 million per annum.

13th December          Washington         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rule enforcement pushed for tribes - Interior secretary says casinos need effective regulation to be beneficial
The National Indian Gaming Commission has 63 staff and a budget of $8 million. The 300 or so tribal gaming operations are believed to have annual revenues of $13 billion.

13th December          California         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
California Nations Indian Gaming Association: TIME Misses the Point of Tribal Government Gaming
CNIGA is the latest Association to respond to the TIME article that is critical of the development of Indian gaming.

13th December          Indian Gaming         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Indian Country Today Speaks Out Against TIME Magazine's Cover Story on American Indian Casinos

13th December         Maine          Source:
Indian gaming official promotes casino idea in Maine

13th December         Saskatchewan          Source:
Saskatchewan auditor finds problems at aboriginal casinos again
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority oversees 4 casinos under a 25-year agreement with the Provincial Government.

12th December         Sacramento          Source: Sacramento Bee
Yuba County officials weigh deal for casino

12th December         California          Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Barona bets big on new hotel-casino with all the trimmings
Detailed look at the Barona Tribes new casino with 2,000 slots and 52 tables built at a cost of $250 million.

11th December         Indian Gaming          Source: Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)
From The National Indian Gaming Association to Time Magazine
NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. has written to Time magazine in response to the article that will appear in the 16th December edition. The letter can be found at Victor Rocha's (story links below)
CNN Moneyline vote on Indian Gaming - Should it be tax exempt?

10th December         Florida           Source: The Sun-Sentinel - December 5th
Seminole officials went on multimillion-dollar spending spree with gambling profits
The Seminole Indian casino in Hollywood, Florida reportedly has revenues of  $300 million a year. The free spending tribal Councilman has apparently managed to get through $57 million in 3 and a half years - an average of $45,000 a day.

10th December         Connecticut           Source: The Hartford Courant & New Haven Register
Casino Foes Raise $350,000 For Cause
Action urged to bar new casinos

9th December         Indian Gaming           Source: TIME Magazine
Look who's cashing in at Indian Casinos
Wheel of Misfortune
Who Gets the Money?
Family Feud - Whose tribe is it, anyway?
Getting It Right - This tribe plays for keeps
Indian Gaming in the US has made the front cover of the 16th December edition of Time with an indepth and comprehensive report on the now $12 billion industry.

9th December         Connecticut           Source: Norwich Bulletin
Mohegan Sun recruiting casino dealers in Poland
100 English-speaking dealers from Poland are expected to be recruited early in 2003 on 9 month working visas.

9th December         Indian Gaming           Source: & The Hartford Courant
Gaming Is Big Business for American Indian Tribes
These Are Not Indians - Opinion
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGA) details that 200 of the 562 federally recognized tribes presently operate 296 gaming operations in 28 states. NIGA has an annual budget of just $8 million.

9th December         Sacramento           Source: Sacramento Business Journal
Placer casino buys nearby land - Station Casinos

7th December        California         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Construction Begins on New Spa Resort Casino in Downtown Palm Springs - New $90 Million Project Expected to Be Complete in November 2003
The Agua Caliente's casino can be found on the web at:

6th December        California        Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Viejas tribe pulls out of state gaming alliance

5th December        Connecticut        Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Potential Indian casino blocked by fed decision - Connecticut tribe denied federal recognition

5th December        Rhode Island         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's touts economic benefits of casino in R.I.

4th December        Connecticut         Source:
Mohegan Sun hits monetary milestone  - Casino resort has net revenues of $1.042 billion for fiscal year
Average daily attendance during the 2002 fiscal year was 31,000 a day, for a total of 2.9 million

4th December        Connecticut         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End Operating Results
Fact filled look at the world's second largest casino that can now boast a win of almost $1 billion a year.

4th December        California        Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Dissension may split gaming tribes - Some appear to be on brink of leaving alliance

3rd December        Miami        Source: The Miami Herald
Trio on trial for cheating Seminoles

3rd December        Massachusetts        Source: Boston Globe
R.I. tribe to try again with casino proposal

1st December        Connecticut       Source: The Hartford Courant
Indian Backers Take High Risks
A revealing and detailed look at who is bankrolling Indian casino expansion in the U.S. and their motivation for doing so.

1st December        New York       Source: Buffalo News
Washington approves land transfer for casino
The Seneca Indian Nation intend to open the Seneca Niagara Falls Casino on New Years day in the old Niagara Falls Convention Center.

29th November        Connecticut        Source: The Hartford Courant
Tribe sues Massachusetts man over Web site name

29th November        Arizona       Source: Yahoo/Arizona Daily Star
House blackjack headed here
If Governor Jane Hull signs Arizona's new Indian Gaming compacts, tribal casinos will be allowed up to have 100 tables games and 1,000 slots.

23rd November        Phoenix, Arizona        Source: Northern Light/AP
Request to Bar Gambling Deal Denied

22nd November        New York & Arizona       Source: Thoroughbred Times
Accused trio allegedly cashed fraudulent bets for 12 months
Arizona tracks file legal challenge to expanded Indian gaming

18th November        Richmond, California        Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Tribe eyeing Richmond for casino - Proposal brings up familiar questions

17th November        Connecticut        Source: The Hartford Courant
Slots Revenue Rises 5.4%
Slot win at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods for October was $124.8 million from a total of 12,584 machines. Combined slot handle per day for the both is around $50 million.

16th November        Washington        Source: Rapid City Journal, South Dakota.
Phil Hogen named to Indian gambling board
The National Indian Gaming Commission is charged with overseeing gaming on tribal lands in the U.S.

15th November        Kuala Lumpur & Niagara Falls       Source: Malaysian Star
Genting Managing Director lending US$80 million to tribe to build Niagara Falls casino

15th November        Kuala Lumpur & Niagara Falls       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Genting not involved in Lim Kok Thay's $80 million loan for US casino - official
The Buffalo News has reported that an $80 million loan to the Seneca Tribe to build the "Seneca Niagara Casino" is from Lim Kok Thay. The interest rate quoted at 29% per annum. 

15th November        Sacramento, California        Source: Scripps-McClatchy Western Service & Sacramento Bee
Tribe seeks to put casino in Sacramento
Davis says state opposes planned West Sac casino

12th November        New York         Source: Buffalo News
Seneca casino name, logo incorporate image of falls

10th November        Bridgeport, Connecticut        Source: New York Times
Small Tribe's Cry: Give Us a Casino, or Give Us Your Backyard

9th November        Richmond, California       Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
LV company completes proposal for tribal casino

9th November        Niagara Falls         Source: Buffalo Business Journal
Call it Seneca Niagara Casino
After running a competition among tribal members of the Seneca Nation of Indians the name chosen for the operation is the somewhat unimaginative - The Seneca Niagara Casino.

9th November        Sacramento, California         Source:
West Sacramento finalizing casino deal
Bill Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada believes that a casino at the location should win around $300 million a year.

9th November        Sacramento, California         Source: The Sacramento Bee
Casino deal gets city OK
In a closed session the Sacramento City Council has approved a casino for the 140 member Upper Lake Tribe of Pomo Indians.

8th November        Kansas & California       Source: Yahoo/Kansas City Channel &
KCK Says It's Ready To Make Deal With Tribe For Casino
Tribe proposes casino at Richmond port

8th November        Phoenix, Arizona         Source: Yahoo/AP
Indian Gambling Initiative Approved

7th November        Niagara Falls        Source: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Senecas close in on casino deal - The feds are likely to finalize it, but court challenges lie ahead

6th November       Albuquerque, New Mexico        Source: New Mexico Business Journal
Navajos gamble on separate gaming compact with state

5th November        San Francisco & Reno       Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Indigenous Global to Take Over Ownership of Sundowner Casino in Reno

4th November        Connecticut        Source:
Thomas elected chairman of Mashantucket Pequots
The tribe owns the Foxwoods casino and has around 350 members eligable to vote. The casino, the world's largest has some 13,500 employees with almost 7,000 slots.

3rd November        New York        Source: Buffalo News
New games are in the cards at reservation

2nd November        California        Source: Bee
Labor Complaints against Native American Casinos in California Increase