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September - October 2002
Indian Gaming News

31st October        New York        Source: Buffalo Business Journal
Lawsuit challenging casinos to go to trial

31st October        California Indian Gaming        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Tribes Begin Contributing to Special Distribution Fund

28th October        New York        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ex-Nevada regulator hits road in new job
Former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Steve DuCharme has taken up a position with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Gaming Commission.

27th October        New York        Source: Buffalo News
Muted OK of casino by U.S. is big surprise

27th October        Hollywood, Florida        Source: St. Petersburg Times
Seminoles in court over casino lease
Details of the Seminole Tribes Coconut Creek casino and the original financing deal for the project.

25th October        Albany, New York        Source: Democrat & Chronicle/AP
Loophole found in Senecas' casino deal
Apparently if the Seneca Indians place VLT's in the Niagara Falls casino instead of slots they will not have to pay New York 25% in gaming taxes.

25th October        Washington & New York        Source: Buffalo Business Journal & Buffalo News
Senecas, Pataki hail casino compact approval
Nondecision allows casino compact to take effect

24th October        Connecticut        Source: TheDay.com
‘Without Reservation' author to lead anti-casino lobbying alliance in state

22nd October        Niagara Falls        Source: Buffalo Business Journal
3,000 apply for Falls' casino jobs

20th October        New York         Source: The Buffalo News
Two local tribes try to stop casino pact

18th October        Connecticut         Source: CTNow.com
September Slots Action: $1.6 Billion
Total drop for the near 13,000 slots at Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun was $1.6 billion with a win of $127 million.

18th October        San Diego         Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
2 men indicted on casino theft charges - Viejas case netted more than $21,000

18th October        Bernalillo, New Mexico         Source: TheNewMexicoChannel.com
Casino Workers Lose Jobs Despite Big Profits

17th October        Arizona        Source: Yahoo/Ad Week
Brainchild Urges More Indian Casinos in Arizona
12 of 22 Arizona tribes presently operate casinos with estimated revenues of $1 billion a year.

17th October        Niagara Falls        Source: Buffalo News
Job seekers hope casino cures what ails the Falls
The Seneca Niagara Falls Gaming Corp. have begun taking applications for the casino to be located in the Niagara Falls Convention Center.

16th October        Connecticut        Source: CTNow.com/Hartford Courant
Lost At The Casino
The "Lost and Found" department at the Mohegan Sun has taken in 3,600 items in September alone. Daily attendance averages 35,000.

15th October        Mississippi        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casino operator claims deck is stacked for Indians

15th October        Connecticut         Source: The Stamford Advocate/AP
Foxwoods reports Sept. slot machine win down from 2001
Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun had a combined slot win of $127 million for September.

15th October        Niagara Falls, New York          Source: Buffalo Business Journal
Falls' casino to open employment center

15th October        Wisconsin        Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
Protesters seek longer gaming compacts
Indian tribes are campaigning for longer hours of operation, higher betting limits, expanded games and a lowering of the age limit from 21 to 18.

13th October        Niagara Falls, New York         Source: Buffalo News
Casino job processing center to open
Native Americans get first crack at Falls casino jobs
The Seneca Niagara Falls Gaming Corp. are planning a New Year's eve opening and are looking to hire and train 2,000 staff. Website: www.snfgc.com

13th October        Connecticut         Source: The Norwich Bulletin
Project Sunburst closes profit gap with Foxwoods casino
In the last year the Mohegan Sun's slot numbers have grown from 3,665 to 6,201. Slot win in August was $73.3 million.

13th October        Boise, Idaho         Source: Spokesman Review/AP
Tribes boost campaign spending by $2 million

13th October        Niagara Falls, New York         Source: Buffalo News
For the Senecas' point man, a history of casino success
A detailed profile of G. Michael Brown and his background in casino operations including the early development and financing of Foxwoods. He is now with the Seneca Niagara Falls Gaming Corporation.

11th October        Indian Gaming - Connecticut         Source: The Stamford Advocate
Anti-casino advocates gather grass-roots support

10th October        New York         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Hurley returns to regulating in tribal gaming post
James Hurley retired as chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission 3 months ago and now works for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Gaming Commission

9th October        Florida        Source: South Florida Business Journal - Oct 4th Print Edition
Seminoles up casino ante
The Hollywood casino will have 2,000 slots and 65 gaming tables with a gaming floor measuring 115,00 sq ft. Management of the casino will be by Hard Rock International a subsidiary of Britain's Rank Group

9th October        Saskatoon, Saskatchewan        Source: Canada.com/The StarPhoenix
SIGA ups ante for new casino - Three locations to be unveiled as possible sites for a new casino

5th October        South Dakota         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
NIGA and Sodak Recognize Battin, Rocha and Stevens for Contributions to Indian Country

4th October        Arizona         Source: The Arizona Republic
Casinos unlikely to fuel building boom

3rd October        Connecticut        Source: Norwich Bulletin & CTNow.com
Poll: Two casinos enough for Connecticut to have
Polls: Public Against Third Casino

3rd October        Arizona        Source: Arizona Republic
Tribal communities reap gaming rewards - 'Economic program that has actually worked'

3rd October        Niagara Falls, New York        Source: Democrat & Chronicle
Senecas begin casino of dreams
Senecas say pick for Niagara Falls CEO is not a gamble
The planned opening on New Years Eve will see the Niagara Falls Convention Center housing 2,700 slots and 97 table games. Details of financing for the project are not been made public.

2nd October        Connecticut         Source: CTNow.com & The Norwich Bulletin
Group: No More Casinos - Forum Wants Gambling Policy
Governor campaigning on opposition to new casinos

2nd October        York, Maine         Source: Fosters Online
York anti-casino group demands facts, not fiction
Casino gambling is illegal in Maine and is presently opposed by voters 55% to 41%.

1st October        Arizona         Source: The Arizona Republic
Arizona casino revenues near $1 billion - Estimates are tied to proximity of cities
There are 22 Indian casinos in Arizona run by 15 tribes. Under state and federal laws results are not required to be reported nor is any tax paid on profits.

1st October        Augusta, Maine         Source: Portsmouth  Herald
Groups lay casino cards on the table

30th September         Las Vegas & California         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Acres Signs $4.1 Million Contract With Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

29th September         California         Source: Las Vegas Sun
San Diego casino called competition for Strip high-rollers

29th September         Coachella Valley, California         Source: San Bernadino Sun
Trump builds up his stake in casino - Appears at Coachella grand opening
The Trump 29 casino is at the start of a  5 year management contract with a 70/30 split in favour of owners the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

25th September         Niagara Falls         Source: The Saratogan
State delays Niagara Falls casino work

23rd September         Hartford, Connecticut         Source: New Britain Herald/AP
Rowland, Curry roll dice on casinos

20th September         Indian Gaming       Source: TheDay.com
Indian gambling has become major force in industry - Tribes are now a big presence at national gaming convention
In 2001 there were 321 Native Indian gaming facilities in 29 states generating $12.7 billion in revenue.

20th September         Albuquerque, New Mexico        Source: New Mexico Business Weekly
Tribal business means more than just casinos

20th September         Connecticut        Source: CTNow.com
Tribe Threatens Land Claims If No Deal

14th September         Connecticut       Source: TheDay.com
Slot revenues come in strong for August
The 12,830 slots at Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun won $145.8 million during August. An average daily win of $366 per machine.

13th September         Connecticut & South Dakota       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Sun and Sodak Gaming Sign Slot Replacement Agreement

11th September         New York         Source: Buffalo Business Journal
Senecas invited to name that casino

10th September         Sacramento, California         Source: Yahoo/Reuters Business News
Court stays progress in Station Indian casino

10th September         Sacramento         Source: Reno Gazette Journal & LVRJ
Sacramento casino could break ground this year
Station nearer tribal casino - Court ruling lets tribe take land

6th September         California        Source: San Diego Union-Tribune & Sacramento Bee
State refuses to budge on casino taxes - 'Net-win' definition unfair, tribes contend
State to reap more from casinos - Slot-machine revenues will be taxed before Indians deduct expenses

5th September         New York        Source: CTnow.com/The Hartford Courant
Lawyer To Oversee Casino In New York

5th September         California        Source: Sacramento Bee
Gambling regulators approve slot machine tax

5th September         South Dakota        Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
President nominates South Dakotan to chair Indian Gaming Commission

5th September         Detroit        Source: Detroit Free Press
Tribe to get $545,000 in dispute on casinos

4th September         Indian Gaming        Source: Washington Post
Bureau of Casino Affairs
The Washington Post takes a critical look at the expansion of Indian gaming in the US.

4th September         San Diego, California        Source: Hoovers.com
Tribe Finds Lucrative Market for Southern California Casino Complex
Profile of the Barona Casino that has a gaming floor with 95% coinless slots. San Diego now has 9 Indian casinos serving the city and suburbs. Website: www.barona.com