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Indian Gaming Magazine: Spotlight on Economic Development

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in News | 0 comments

In this month’s Tribal Leader Roundtable, we spoke with three tribal leaders about the status of gaming at their casino properties and what plans they have for the future with regard to economic development. Here is what they had to say… Spotlight on Economic Development Share this:

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Sovereignty shapes county’s relationship with tribal casinos

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Eleven years after the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians opened Sonoma County’s only casino in the Geyserville hills, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will throw open the doors to its far larger gambling palace next to Highway 101 outside Rohnert Park. Both casinos were flatly opposed by Sonoma County government officials and many residents. But one factor above all hamstrung county officials and shaped their dealings with the tribes. That factor is tribal sovereignty. “It’s very significant,” said Bruce Goldstein, an Indian law expert and the county’s...

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National Congress of American Indians Joins NAFSA’s Fight to Protect Sovereign Rights

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2013) — Following repeated attacks on the lending businesses owned, operated, and regulated by sovereign Native American tribes, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is today joining the fight led by the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) to empower tribal enterprises and protect sovereign rights. NCAI, established in 1944, is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. This action reinforces the long history of federal protection of sovereign rights, including Executive...

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Governor George Rivera, Native American Leader, Joins NAFSA Board of Directors to Advance Tribal Economic Development through Online Lending

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (October 7, 2013) – As the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) continues fighting to preserve tribes’ sovereign rights through strong businesses that are adequately regulated by tribal entities, NAFSA is pleased to announce the addition of Governor George Rivera, noted Native American Leader, to its board of directors. Rivera currently serves as Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in northern New Mexico, where he serves as a political leader, cultural preservationist, artist, and art instructor, among many other roles. “It is a great honor...

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Court Agrees: New York State Department of Financial Services Perpetuating Irreparable Harm to Indian Country

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2013) — After the Hon. Richard J. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court, Southern District ofNew York denied a preliminary injunction in The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, et al. v. New York State Department of Financial Services, et al., effectively allowing the state of New York to overstep its jurisdiction onto Native American sovereign territories, Barry Brandon, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), provided the following comment: “Today’s ruling failed to address hundreds of years of legal...

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