Pennsylvania First State to Offer Online Gambling & Lottery Sales

Pennsylvania became the first state to offer both online gambling and lottery sales when Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed the recent online gambling legislation offered up by a Republican controlled state legislature.

It will be interesting to see how this same type of scenario plays itself out in a state that has Class III compacts with tribes.

More here.

Federal Court Declines to Dismiss California v. Iipay Nation 

Here are the materials in State of California v. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel (S.D. Cal.):

15-1 Iipay Nation Motion to Dismiss

18 California Response

19 Iipay Nation Reply

24 DCT Order Denying Motion to Dismiss

TRO stage materials are here.

Who Won Indian Law and Policy in 2014? First Round Bracket — 3 of 8

Now we move to category 2 (sounds like a hurricane) — Doctrines, Laws, and Issues (aka, grabag or miscellaneous). The first four contests there….

# 1 Indian Child Welfare Act

It’s been a big year for ICWA a year after Baby Girl (we miss you so much). The Attorney General announced the Department of Justice’s commitment to the statute, the South Dakota class action filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe is currently pending after much drama about whether Judge Davis was refusing to disclose evidence, and DOJ intervened as an amicus in an important Alaska case (as well as the South Dakota matter). Alaska will now give full faith and credit to Alaska tribal courts on ICWA matters.

The Virginia SCT issued a split opinion on what parts of state law on best interests are trumped by ICWA here, and the Kentucky Supreme Court reaffirmed its commitment the existing Indian family exception (not good, Kentucky). Montana’s Supreme Court issued a few troubling opinions expressing an infatuation with the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl decision.

State courts from around the country published opinions on a wide variety of ICWA subjects: tribal court transfer (Nebraska — that was a good one), father’s rights in contested adoption (Alaska), qualified expert witnesses (Arizona, Alaska), active efforts (Nebraska, Montana), termination of parental rights (Texas), placement preferences (California, and again), truancy (Nebraska), application (Oregon, North Dakota), and notice, notice, notice (Kansas COA, California –three times here, North Carolina COA, Michigan COA, California COA again, Nebraska COA, Michigan COA again

Important-ish unpublished opinions involved ineffective assistance of counsel (Michigan), active efforts (Michigan), burden of proof (Michigan), placement preferences (California), customary adoption (California), and … you guessed it … notice (Michigan COA, California COA, another Michigan COA, and yet another)

You might see a lot of Michigan here (here’s another), and that’s thanks to MIFPA.


#16 Federal Indian law preemption

The Chehalis/Great Wolf Lodge matter from 2013 helped bring federal Indian law preemption back from the dead. The State of Washington was still feeling the consequences this year. The real impact may be in the BIA leasing regulations.

# 8 Rule 19

My favorite FRCP. Lots of Rule 19 action again this year, including a close call at the Supreme Court, which denied cert in the Buena Vista matter. Other cases involved Jamul Indian Village, payday lending cases, and Skokomish.


# 9 Indian country voting rights

Lots of pre-election voting rights activity in South Dakota, and a big win in a voting rights trial in Alaska. And another in Montana.

# 4 Indian gaming

Billions a year for tribal communities. Relentless litigation. Enough said.


# 13 Internet gaming

So far, pretty much nothing for tribal communities.

# 5 Intra-tribal disputes

This is the bad news part of the game.

Chukchansi. Timbisha-Shoshone. Caddo. Paskenta. Cayuga. Meherrin. Oglala Sioux. Pala Band. Saginaw Chippewa. Nooksack. Shingle Springs.


# 12 Human trafficking

Bakken. Circumpolar region.

United States Files Complaint against Santa Ysabel over Internet Gaming

Here is the complaint in United States v. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel (S.D Cal.):

1 Complaint

Posts with materials in the related suit by the State of California are here and here.

Iipay Nation Responsive Pleadings in Internet Gaming Matter

Here are the new materials in materials in State of California v. Iipay Nation Of Santa Ysabel (S.D. Cal.):

SY Interactive Memo Opposing TRO motion

Appendix A — Memo opposing TRO motion + attachment

Declaration — David Chelette + exhibits Part 1 corrected

Declaration — David Chelette + exhibits Part 2

Vialpando Declaration + exhibits part 1

Vialpando Declaration + exhibits part 2

The complaint and TRO motion is here.

Minnesota Legislature Unhappy with Online Lottery Expansion

The Minnesota Lottery rolled out online sales of PowerBall, Mega Millions, and other lottery tickets four years ago and earlier this year debuted instant online scratch off games. It seems that the online scratch offs have illicit the ire of members of the Minnesota Legislature. Some of the Legislators are calling what the Minnesota Lottery is doing as “online crack.” Interesting articles about this can be found at the following:

Pioneer Press

Star Tribune

CBS Minnesota