tribe close to launching large-scale marijuana operation
KTNV Las Vegas - November 16, 2016
The Paiute Native American tribe in Las Vegas plans to capitalize on
the ... their smoke shop has been a primary source of revenue for the
tribe, but Spotted ...
Lukowski, A.V.; Young, S.E.; Morris, C.D.; Tinkelman,
of American Indian/Alaskan Native quitline callers across 14 states,"
Nicotine and Tobacco Research 18(11): 2124-2129, November 2016.
... These findings demonstrate the disproportionate impact
of commercial tobacco use on the AI/AN population who utilizes quitline
services. These data stress the critical need for tailored efforts to
better reach AI/AN commercial tobacco users who are considering treatment,
in order to make meaningful gains in commercial tobacco cessation for
this vulnerable population. ...
Chief, C.; Sabo, S.; Clark, H.; Nez Henderson, P.; Yazzie,
A.; Nahee, J.; Leischow, S.J., "Breathing
clean air is S?'áh Naagháí Bik'eh Hózhóó
(SNBH): a culturally centred approach to understanding commercial smoke-free
policy among the Diné (Navajo People)," Tobacco Control
25(Suppl. 1): i19-i25, October 2016.
Introduction Indigenous worldviews and research
approaches are fundamental to make meaning of complex health issues
and increase the likelihood of identifying existing cultural protective
factors that have contributed to the resilience and survival of Indigenous
people worldwide. ... Conclusions Indigenous-centred approaches
to public health research and policy analysis contribute to understanding
the cultural knowledge, practices and beliefs that are protective of
the health and well-being of Indigenous people.
Nez Henderson, P.; Roeseler, A.; Moor, G.; Clark, H.W.;
Yazzie, A.; Nez, P.; Nez, C.; Sabo, S.; Leischow, S.J., "Advancing
smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo Nation," Tobacco
Control 25(Suppl. 1): i26-i31, October 2016.
Background Comprehensive smoke-free laws are effective
at protecting non-smokers and reducing tobacco use, yet they are not
widely adopted by tribal governments. ... Conclusions It is necessary
for tobacco control researchers and advocates to build relationships
with tribal leaders and casino management in order to develop the business
case that will take comprehensive smoke-free policies to scale throughout
DeLong, H.; Chriqui, J.; Leider, J.; Chaloupka, F.J.,
state mechanisms regulating tribal tobacco taxation and sales, the USA,
2015," Tobacco Control 25(Suppl. 1): i32-i37, October 2016.
Background Native American tribes, as sovereign
nations, are exempt from state tobacco excise taxation, and self-govern
on-reservation activity in the USA. Under Federal law, state excise
taxes are owed by non-members purchasing tobacco on tribal land, but
states are limited in how they enforce or collect these taxes. This
study highlights the various policy approaches that states have taken
to regulate tobacco sales on tribal lands given jurisdictional challenges.
... Conclusions Many states with a tribal presence have no formal
strategies for non-members purchasing tobacco on tribal lands. Formalising
policies and harmonising tax rates may assist states in collecting tax
revenue from non-tribal consumers.
Gaming moves ahead with expansions costing $153 million
La Crosse Tribune - August 22, 2016
The Ho-Chunk Nation's casino in Black River Falls will get a new hotel
and as ... 86-room hotel, 272 more slots, new high-limit and non-smoking
casino areas ...
City scientist promoting smoke-free policies on reservations
Rapid City Journal August 20, 2016
Taking the time to develop relationships with tribal leaders will be
key to helping reduce smoking rates on reservations across the U.S.,
says Patricia Nez Henderson, who has been appointed to the Interagency
Committee on Smoking and Health. Henderson, who is vice president of
the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health and a Navajo Nation
tribal member, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and
Human Services to serve a four-year term on the committee. The committee
will raise awareness of the issue of smoking and health by sharing information
and collaborating across Department of Health and Human Services agencies,
and with other federal agencies and public health organizations, Henderson
People Of The Water: Squaxin Tribe Open Cannabusiness On ...
Dope Magazine - August 17, 2016
Elevation is a recreational retail cannabis store located
on the tribal land owned by ... of their community, reduce black market
cannabis sales in their community, ...
Winnebago Tribe to grow with 'Project Forward'
World Casino Directory - August 17, 2016
The Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe explained that "Project Forward"
is to see ... and ten gaming tables as well as new high-limit and non-smoking
Approach Needed for Tribes' Anti-Smoking Efforts
Public News Service - August 10, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS - A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
said some racial and ethnic groups have much higher smoking rates than
rates decline overall, except among Native Americans: CDC Report
PerfScience - August 5, 2016
Native Americans have the highest smoking rate and the trend continues
to grow only, unveils a report by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. The report released on Thursday has disclosed that cigarette
use by Native Americans has increased to 38.9% when it has declined
in majority of other ethnic groups.
Youth Driving Force Behind Smoke Free Air Law
Lakota Country Times - August 4, 2016 [subscription only]
EAGLE BUTTE-Young people were the driving force behind the Canli Coalition,
a group who worked on the Smoke Free Air Act enacted by the Cheyenne
Pot Consultants Criminally Charged
Courthouse News Service - August 4, 2016
Two weeks after the Santee Sioux's tribal leadership voted to legalize
marijuana on the ... Monarch America was to receive a percentage of
the net sales.
Tribe pursuing medical marijuana grow after signing deal ...
The Olympian - August 3, 2016
The marijuana testing lab, owned by the Puyallup Tribe, will help maintain
quality ... The tribe has now amended the compact to include production
and sales of ...
Schmidt, L.M.; Reidmohr, A.A.; Helgerson, S.D.; Harwell,
smoke exposure and smoke-free policy support among public housing authority
residents in rural and tribal settings," Journal of Community
Health 41(6): 1116-1121, December 2016.
one step closer to building casino to compete with MGM ...
wwlp.com - March 18, 2016
The two tribes had previously urged lawmakers not to approve the proposed
... Connecticut will lose more than 9,000 jobs and over $100 million
in state tax ...
Park kicks butts
Budgeeter News - March 18, 2016
"To the Native Americans, in their perspective, when you go outside
and say your ... Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke can increase
CO levels in the ...
Tribe signs compact with state for cannabis testing
Tacoma Weekly - March 3, 2016
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has signed a historic Marijuana Compact
with state ... is a pesticides chemist with years of lab experience
in the tobacco industry.
Gaming Outpaces Growth of Commercial Casino Sector
Indian Country Today Media Network - March 3, 2016
Class III gaming; number of facilities, tribes, gaming machines, and
table games; ... state, and local taxes, and $8.0 billion in direct
revenue sharing payments to ...c
Fresh Now Open
Tacoma Weekly - March 3, 2016
... William Manzanares transformed his North Point Smoke Shop into the
Tacoma Fresh ... "Tribes need to be known as the innovators of
healing and not just the ...
Sawchuk, C.N.; Roy-Byrne, P.; Noonan, C.; Bogart, A.;
Goldberg, J.; Manson, S.M.; Buchwald, D., "The
association of panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major
depression with smoking in American Indians," Nicotine and
Tobacco Research 18(3): 259-266, March 2016.
Conclusions: This study is the first to examine the association
between psychiatric conditions and lifetime smoking in two large, geographically
diverse community samples of American Indians. While the direction of
the relationship between nicotine use and psychiatric disorders cannot
be determined, understanding unique social, environmental, and cultural
differences that contribute to the tobacco-psychiatric disorder relationship
may help guide tribe-specific commercial tobacco control strategies.
Kansas Tribal Cigarette-tax Compacts to be Submitted to ...
Kansas City infoZine - March 2, 2016
New Kansas Tribal Cigarette-tax Compacts to be Submitted to Legislature
... improve accounting for cigarettes and tobacco products sold on tribal
lands. ... its obligations under the MSA, including accounting for cigarette
sales within the state.
pot producer wants to team up with pueblos
Albuquerque Journal - March 1, 2016
Shown here is a rendering of Ultra Health's cannabis production and
dispensary site at the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe's Snow Mountain Reservation.
Nation to seek liquor license for Madison casino
Madison.com - February 29, 2016
The tribe, which voluntarily banned smoking at the facility, intends
to seek a city ... at the facility but lacks jurisdiction to impose
a smoking ban on tribal lands.
Vegas Paiutes announce plans to build medical pot dispensaries
Las Vegas Review-Journal - February 29, 2016
Vice chairman Chris Spotted Eagle of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe sprinkles
.... its client base later if the state approves recreational sale and
use of marijuana.
Cannabis Signs Distribution, Branding, and Cultivation ...
PR Newswire (press release) - February 25, 2016
Aquarius will earn 9.77% of the gross wholesale sales of products grown
in the facilities, ... "The opportunity to partner with Native
American tribes for marijuana ...
The Source - February 24, 2016
Also in Central Oregon, members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
... be exempted from the smoking ban along with smoke shops and cigar
Lake Tribal College Goes Commercial Tobacco-Free [VIDEO]
Indian Country Today Media Network - February 19, 2016
Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in northern Minnesota recently took
the bold step of making its entire campus commercial tobacco-free. The
two-year process was completed in August 2014 with the adoption of a
campus-wide, commercial tobacco-free policy. Now, the only tobacco not
prohibited on the school grounds is asemaa, tobacco used for ceremonial
Contribute Millions of Dollars to Washington Communities, Non-Profits
Indian Country Today Media Network - February 19, 2016
SEATTLE Casinos operated by 22 Native Nations in Washington State generated
millions of dollars in contributions to communities, non-profits, and
smoking-cessation and problem-gambling programs in 2013 and 2014, according
to a report by the Washington State Gambling Commission.
moves closer to developing third casino
CT Post - February 8, 2016
They say they've generated $7 billion in tax revenues for the state
over the last 20 years ... No Fairfield County cities or towns submitted
proposals to tribes about ...
Health Sciences Center collaborating with Cherokee Nation on ...
The Oklahoma Daily - February 8, 2016
An upcoming collaboration between the OU Health Sciences Center and
Cherokee Nation will provide a look at tribal tobacco use and resulting
Nation To Grow Medical Marijuana And Build ...
27east.com - February 8, 2016
The tribe's general council, or voting populace on Saturday passed a
measure that would ... According to Tribal Trustee Chairman Bryan Polite,
the ordinance is ... as well as revenue from marijuana sales does not
go to criminal enterprises.
in Minnesota advertises tobacco... for a purpose
Grand Forks Herald - February 5, 2016
If you are downtown or near a Duluth Transit Authority Bus route, you
might see a colorful bus advertising a soda drink. Or you may see a
Cigarettes American Indian
Cops 2.0 - February 4, 2016
These cigarettes are formulated on an American Indian Reservation from
the ... It appears just like a tobacco cigarette but does not have any
of the tobacco, ...
Marijuana Seizure Spurs Lawsuit
Eugene Weekly - February 4, 2016
In regards to a card Mooney says is his tribal identification, Hopkins
says that "Mr. ... beans, squash and tobacco, and that marijuana
is not traditional for them.
the end justify the means?
Norfolk Daily News (blog) - January 27, 2016
That said, we do take exception to a comment recently made by a state
senator in regard to the tribe's plans to legalize the cultivation and
sale of industrial hemp ...
and Fire Over Religious Claim for 'Sacramental' Marijuana
Courthouse News Service - January 26, 2016
Graves does not appear to claim enrollment with any federally recognized
Indian tribe. Her attorney, Matthew Pappas, in Long Beach, Calif., told
Duluth News Tribune - January 26, 2016
A message regarding tobacco and Native Americans soon will be seen on
Twin Ports ... The smoking rate among American Indians in Minnesota
is 59 percent, ...
of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation address tobacco use impact
Tulsa Native American Times - January 22, 2016
NORMAN, Okla. Cancer disparities continue to impact Oklahoma disproportionately
as a direct result of continued tobacco use. With two, four-year grants
totaling $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health, a University
of Oklahoma-led collaborative with the Cherokee Nation is addressing
tobacco-related cancer disparities through a program of research, training
and education for American Indian students and investigators. Our current
research project provides an excellent example of how our affiliation
is building collaboration between the Cherokee Nation and the Stephenson
Cancer Center, said Doescher. This study will characterize how the dual
use of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes affect patterns of smoking,
markers of nicotine addiction and toxicant exposure in a sample of patients
receiving health care at Cherokee Nation Health Services locations.
The study is led by Dr. Ashley Comiford, a Cherokee tribal citizen and
epidemiologist; and Dr. Dorothy Rhoades, a Kiowa tribal citizen and
Stephenson Cancer Center faculty member.
weed outlets, flush in cash, struggle to find financial institutions
Comstock's Magazine - January 19, 2016
"We have to pay all of our bills and our taxes in cash. ... nationwide
legalization could push combined retail marijuana sales to over $35
billion a year. ... a third of legal medical marijuana dispensaries
comply with all of the state's tax laws. ... In a statement, CannaNative
co-founder Anthony Rivera says the tribes would use ...
casino planned for riverfront building purchase, says tribal chair
MLive.com - January 13, 2016
No casino planned for riverfront building purchase, says tribal chair
... The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians has been seeking recognition
from the federal ... Taatjes, who brokered the sale as a principal with
NAI Wisinski of West Michigan.
reveals support for age change on tobacco purchases
East Valley Tribune - January 12, 2016
A third topic was whether Native American tribes should be able to operate
casinos at sites off traditional reservations. Forty-five percent support
tribes' right to ...
Kleipeis, N.E.; Dhaliwal, N.; Hayward, G.; Acevedo-Bolton, V.; Ott,
W.R.; Read, N.: Layton, S.; Jiang, R.; Cheng, K.; Hildemann, L.M.; Repace,
J.L.; Taylor, S.; Ong, S.; Buchting, F.O.; Lee, J.P.; Moore, R.S., "Measuring
indoor air quality and engaging California Indian stakeholders at theWin-River
Resort and Casino: collaborative smoke-free policy development,"
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
13(1): 143, January 2016.
Most casinos owned by sovereign American Indian nations
allow smoking, even in U.S. states such as California where state laws
restrict workplace smoking. Collaborations between casinos and public
health workers are needed to promote smoke-free policies that protect
workers and patrons from secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure and
risks. Over seven years, a coalition of public health professionals
provided technical assistance to the Redding Rancheria tribe in Redding,
California in establishing a smoke-free policy at the Win-River Resort
and Casino. The coalition provided information to the casino general
manager that included site-specific measurement of employee and visitor
PM2.5 personal exposure, area concentrations of airborne nicotine and
PM2.5, visitor urinary cotinine, and patron and staff opinions (surveys,
focus groups, and a Town Hall meeting). The manager communicated results
to tribal membership, including evidence of high SHS exposures and support
for a smoke-free policy. Subsequently, in concert with hotel expansion,
the Redding Rancheria Tribal Council voted to accept a 100% restriction
of smoking inside the casino, whereupon PM2.5 exposure in main smoking
areas dropped by 98%. A 70% partial-smoke-free policy was instituted
~1 year later in the face of revenue loss. The success of the collaboration
in promoting a smoke-free policy, and the key element of air quality
feedback, which appeared to be a central driver, may provide a model
for similar efforts.
facility to be built on Oregon reservation
Daily Commercial News - January 6, 2016
Tribal officials said about 80 per cent of tribal voters favoured the
proposal. ... Many tribes have opposed legalization and marijuana sales,
due to the potential to ...
tribe approves plan to grow and sell marijuana
The Detroit News - December 20, 2015
Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have approved a plan
to build a ... Many tribes have opposed legalization and marijuana sales,
due to the ...
Tricky Relationship Between Marijuana and American Indians
In These Times - December 19, 2015
The Pinoleville Pomo tribe, which is located in Mendocino County in
.... and we all know that drinking a six-pack or smoking a bowl is not
going to ... Because Kevin is being treated by the VHA, he cannot smoke
marijuana, or take it in any form.
Springs tribal members overwhelmingly OK pot grow, sales
KTVZ - December 18, 2015
WARM SPRINGS, Ore - Warm Springs tribal members voted overwhelmingly
Thursday to pursue marijuana growing and sales at tribal-owned stores
off the reservation, unofficial results showed.
Springs tribes vote on growing, selling marijuana
OregonLive.com - December 17, 2015
Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will vote Thursday
on a ... Sales would only be allowed off the reservation at three stores
operated by the ...
doubling marijuana store allocation in Kitsap
Kitsap Sun - December 17, 2015
The Suquamish Tribe also opened a store this month under a compact negotiated
with the ... retailers aren't allowed the same federal tax deductions
as other businesses. ... The state makes gross marijuana sales figures
reported by recreational ... marijuana providers that have paid taxes
and maintained business licenses.
still mulling legalizing marijuana
Jacksoncountychronicle - December 9, 2015
"The Nation's policy can be to 'research all possibilities' regarding
the legalization and sale of marijuana on tribal lands. However, the
General Council cannot ...
Tribe opens marijuana shop
Kitsap Sun - December 9, 2015
The Suquamish and Squaxin Island tribes both signed compacts with the
... members a 37 percent tax, in line with the state's excise tax on
marijuana. ... Tribe had been in discussions with the state regarding
marijuana sales since early 2014.
State's Second Native American-Owned Pot Shop Is a ...
TheStranger.com (blog) - December 8, 2015
Because it's not just about pot, it's about tribal sovereignty, economic
... They also have their own sales tax of about 8.2 percent, ensuring
that their prices don't ...
It Be Pot: Two Washington State Tribes on Board
Indian Country Today Media Network - December 2, 2015
... $259.7 million in sales and paid $64.9 million in excise taxes,
according to the state ... All tax revenue collected by Suquamish and
Squaxin will be used for Tribal ... drug-free, tobacco-free living -
a culture for whom substances were long the ... and many think the sale
and use of marijuana conflict with cultural teachings.
Could Soon Be Legal in Cherokee, North Carolina
WTVC - November 24, 2015
Leaders of the tribe recently passed a resolution to allow a study on
how ... or for sale, in dispensaries, like we've seen in Western states
Explores Idea Of Producing Medical Marijuana
27east.com - November 24, 2015
Tribal Trustee Chairman Bryan Polite explained in a statement that after
the New ... ensuring that revenue from marijuana sales do not go to
criminal enterprises, ...
Pot News: Grower or a Shower? Liquor and Cannabis Board Gets ...
TheStranger.com (blog) - November 24, 2015
Washington's Squaxin Island Tribe made history recently when it opened
the very first ... According to NWNN, the tribe agreed to charge taxes
equivalent to what ...
Years of NIGA: Tribal Gaming's Unique History and Purpose
Indian Country Today Media Network- November 23, 2015
Tribal leaders at the time knew it was important to ensure that gaming
was regulated ... to impose a tax on personal property of a tribal member
living on trust land. ... they could do to create economic development
beyond cigarettes and cattle.
Co-Owners Claim Full Right To Native Wash. Land ($$)
Law360 - November 23, 2015
... minority landowners of an off-reservation property in Washington
fighting an eviction notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs lashed
out... is the site of the Indian Country Store where Edward Comenout
Jr. sold cigarettes and tobacco...
Rates Still High Among Native Americans, LGBT Community, Mentally Ill
PsychCentral.com (blog) - November 20, 2015
While the habit of smoking has declined significantly among the general
public within the last decade, the rates are still relatively high among
three groups of people: Native Americans, the LGBT community (lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender) and people with mental illness.
a stand against tobacco [VIDEO]
WDAZ 8 November 19, 2015
About 42 million Americans smoke cigarettes and use for the first time,
the Spirit Lake Reservation asking non-native department on to the reservation
to help tribe members quit smoking.
federal raids, US tribes cautioned about marijuana
CBS News - November 19, 2015
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Tribes across the U.S. are finding marijuana is risky
business ... Federal raids on tribal cannabis operations in California
followed by a South ... state is another, and just opened a store last
week for retail sales of the drug.
experts urge caution as tribes enter pot business
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription ) November 19, 2015
Tribes across the U.S. are finding marijuana is risky business nearly
a year after a ... Federal raids on tribal cannabis operations in California
followed by a South ... entered into a compact with the state that sets
guidelines for taxing pot sales.
official: Unknown if marijuana discussion will be part of talks ...
Sioux City Journal - November 18, 2015
Tribal leaders have said they see land in Iowa as the most likely venue
for the sale of marijuana to the public. "It will be interesting
if they bring the topic up in our ...
Lights Remain On
Moody County Enterprise - November 17, 2015
That is what the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking as it continues
to meet ... plan to regrow and open the new recreational and medicinal
tribal casinos place bets on millennials
TriValley Central - November 17, 2015
He said he remembers the thick fog of smoke and the dings of the machines
... It's a subject so pressing to tribal casinos, organizers devoted
a panel to discuss ...
public forum will be held Friday in Sioux City to discuss the public
Sioux City Journal - November 17, 2015
Omaha Tribe leaders envision the Nebraska-based tribe's land in western
Iowa as the most likely outlet for the sale of marijuana to the public.
Read more ... News of a South Dakota tribe putting the brakes on its
marijuana business won't stop the Omaha Tribe from moving forward with
Read more ....
Smoke Signals For Tribal Marijuana From DOJ
Above the Law - November 16, 2015
In 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an enforcement memo
addressing how Native American Tribes should go about marijuana legalization.
Dakota Law Can Get You Busted For Smoking Marijuana In ...
The Weed Blog (blog) - November 12, 2015
South Dakota's Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe announced over the weekend
that it was suspending operations on its marijuana resort set to open
on New Year's ...
Pot: What's Next?
KELOLAND - November 12, 2015
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is waiting for the smoke to clear before
it decides whether or not to move forward with its plans for a marijuana
Tribe considers legalizing marijuana
Fremont Tribune - November 10, 2015
The Omaha Tribe is considering a new tactic to strengthen self-reliance
and cultural ... Clay beer sales and economic conditions on the Pine
recreational, medicinal marijuana operation suspended
Grand Forks Herald - November 10, 2015
FLANDREAU, S. D. - A recreational and medicinal marijuana resort planned
for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in southeast South
Dakota has ...
Island Tribe Opens First Marijuana Store On Reservation
The Weed Blog (blog ) - November 9, 2015
The Squaxin Island Tribe announced today that the new retail marijuana
store ... Product sales are taxed by the Tribe with proceeds dedicated
to essential ...
Visit Flandreau's Marijuana Facility
KELOLAND TV - November 5, 2015
As the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe prepares to open a marijuana business,
... a change in federal law allow marijuana production and sales on
AM: Sanders Files Bill to End Federal Pot Prohibition ...
Drug War Chronicle - November 5, 2015
Nebraska's Omaha Tribe Voices Support for Legal Marijuana Operations.
... DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg Wednesday rejected smoking marijuana
as a ...
chief has an axe to grind with marijuana, and with western ...
Extract - November 5, 2015
"But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana - which is
what people are ... But according to Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary
Besaw, the crop was ...
High Cost of Legalized Marijuana
KELOLAND TV - November 4, 2015
By December 31st, a pot smoking lounge will open on tribal land in town.
... in any form, you are breaking the laws in the state of South Dakota,"
Co. Sheriff Concerned About More Marijuana Arrests
KELOLAND TV - November 4, 2015
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley remains firm that smoking
marijuana is illegal in South Dakota. "That includes the Indian
train wreck coming down South Dakota tracks
KELO AM-FM - November 4, 2015
Undated (KELO-AM) Where there's pot smoke there's legal fire as the
Santee Sioux move full speed ahead on the tribe's marijuana resort on
the reservation ...
Surround Legalized Marijuana On Tribal Land
KELOLAND TV - November 4, 2015
"You are breaking the laws in the state of South Dakota. ... out
what legal repercussions non-tribal members could face if they're smoking
marijuana at this resort.
Cost Of Legalized Marijuana
KELOLAND TV - November 4, 2015
The tribal council expects to make $2 million per month on this venture.
However, some people may be confused about who can buy and smoke pot
on tribal ...
to consider marijuana legalization
Smoky Mountain News - November 3, 2015
Three Cherokee men, part of a group calling itself Common Sense Cannabis,
spurred the discussion with a resolution asking Tribal Council to fund
a study ...
Cherokee Indian Hospital has a No-Smoking Policy
Cherokee One Feather - November 3, 2015
You may remember a couple of months ago the EBCI Tribal Council passed
an ordinance prohibiting smoking on any part of the Cherokee Indian
Will This Work?
Moody County Enterprise - November 3, 2015
... states that Native Americans are free to grow and sell marijuana
as long as ... already establishes, and that is, that smoking or ingesting
marijuana is illegal.
should make room for native beliefs
Helena Independent Record - November 3, 2015
The city of Helena ban on tobacco in city parks is not a smoking ban,
but a ban of the "use of any form of tobacco" (res. no. 20147-Sec.1).
It does not differentiate ...
could be hot in Pierre next year
KELO AM-FM - October 26, 2015
Undated (KELO-AM) State lawmakers on the Tribal Relations Committee
in Pierre ... the planned marijuana smoking resort by the Flandreau
Indian Reservation. ... repeatedly warned that non-indians would be
breaking the law if they smoke ...
Raid on Wisconsin Tribe's Cannabis Crop Infuriates and ...
U.S. News & World Report - October 26, 2015
Tribal law experts and hemp advocates were surprised by a massive raid
Friday on the ... Federal agents swarmed the Menominee Indian tribe's
Wisconsin reservation ... which have been allowed to regulate massive
seed-to-sale recreational marijuana marketplaces. ....
American Tribe Converts Bowling Alley into Epic Marijuana ...
AlterNet - October 21, 2015
The tribe, located in South Dakota, is currently converting a bowling
alley into a cannabis "smoking lounge," which is expected
to bring $2 million a month in ...
considers medical marijuana
Marquette Mining Journal - October 21, 2015
Tribal President Warren "Chris" Swartz's office has refused
requests to release ... on the tribe's reservation, with the tribe in
charge of production and sale of cannabis. ... object to tribal legalization
at any level, he said, and sales to non-Natives ...
mayor announces Nov. 16 public forum on casino
Wicked Local Taunton - October 21, 2015
Hoye said he expects the tribe and the owners of the land parcels adjacent
Liberty and Union Industrial Park to finalize a sales agreement "soon."
He also noted ...
Airport Authority Wants A Casino At Bradley
Hartford Courant - October 20, 2015
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes have required that bids contain
... "Obviously, it brings jobs to the area and, for the town, it
expands the tax base," ...
Hartford To Submit Casino RFP
Hartford Courant - October 20, 2015
...6 and the tribes expect to select a site in December. ... would coordinate
safety at the casino, size and scope of the facility, and estimated
local tax contributions.
Nations Breath of Life program starts up
Hiawatha World - October 20, 2015
... traditional tobacco use, stress reduction, weight man-agement, communication
and support, and staying quit and long-term benefits of being smoke
Reads: week of Oct. 21
Navajo-Hopi Observer - October 20, 2015
Tuba City Boarding School and Little Thunderbird Academy will hold events
Oct. 26-30 to encourage kids to stay drug, alcohol and tobacco free.
lawmakers tour pot farm on Flandreau reservation
Daily Republic - October 20, 2015
Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking
... Tribal leaders invited all 105 members of the South Dakota Legislature
to the tour.
Hates It, but Sioux See Bonanza in Pot Smoking Lounge
Courthouse News Service - October 19, 2015
FLANDREAU, S.D. (CN) - The Santee Sioux hope the marijuana "smoking
lounge" they ... a dance floor, a bar, restaurant, smoking lounge
and marijuana dispensary. ... President Reider assured legislators that
the club will have strict rules.
Black Oak Casino Resort Donate $100K to Cancer Center
Indian Country Today Media Network - October 18, 2015
Together the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino Resort
have stepped up to gift $100,000 to the new Sonora Regional Medical
Centers Cancer Center, in Sonora, California.
attorney general asks tribe to scrap plans to sell marijuana
KFGO - October 13, 2015
Tribal leaders say selling marijuana would help pay for housing, build
an addiction treatment center and improve the local clinic. They estimate
a monthly profit ...
Resort To Open Fully Booked On New Year's Eve
Benzinga - October 5, 2015
In September, the Santee Sioux tribe of South Dakota announced that
it was embracing new laws that allow Native American Tribes to sell
and consume marijuana on their reservations by opening a marijuana-themed
resort. The tribe outlined plans to create the ultimate "adult
playground" where people could come to relax and enjoy marijuana
in public spaces without fear of being prosecuted. Now, the Tribe's
lawyers say that reservations for the resort's opening night are flying
in, and that the establishment will likely open its doors for the first
time to a sold out weekend.
'deal with the devil'? Native American tribes push for marijuana ...
The Guardian - October 2, 2015
The idea of legal marijuana has some Native American tribes seeing green
- but will ... the latest to permit the sale of marijuana for recreational
on Thursday - some .... income expected from marijuana sales would help
fund treatment programs. .... only few of them are taking advantages
of federal laws by selling tobacco or ...
officials, inmates group adjust ceremonial tobacco policy
Sioux City Journal - October 1, 2015
The state's prison system went tobacco-free in 2000 but made an exception
for tobacco used in Native American ceremonies. Officials in October
Dakota Native American Tribe To Open First Ever Marijuana Resort
SurfPaducah - September 30, 2015
A small Indian tribe in South Dakota will soon be the first to open
a marijuana resort, according to the Associated Press. On top of running
a successful casino, 120-room hotel and a buffalo ranch, the 400-person
tribe has plans to open the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation,
The Associated Press reports. The tribe has said it will eventually
expand the resort to include gambling options like slot machines as
well as an outdoor music venue in order to create the ultimate "adult
Playground' for Marijuana Smokers in the Works
Money Talks News (blog) - September 30, 2015
The Santee Sioux tribe's ability to grow and sell marijuana in a state
where it remains illegal stems from a 2014 decision by the U.S. Department
Dakota tribe to open nation's 1st marijuana resort
Albuquerque Journal - September 29, 2015
Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking
lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service,
and eventually, ...
Nation Votes To Nix Marijuana Ban
Law360 (subscription) - September 21, 2015
The tribe's general council voted 63 percent to 33.9 percent - 3.1 percent
of ... The resolution does not legalize marijuana or the sale of marijuana
on tribal land, ...
Signals: Washington State And Suquamish Tribe Ink First ...
Above the Law - September 21, 2015
No state taxes will apply to tribal marijuana sales activity. However,
the compact requires the Tribe charge a Tribal Tax equal to "100%"
of the ... use taxes on all sales of marijuana products in Indian Country
unless (1) the sale is to the Tribe, ...
is Life' conference to address dangers of secondhand ...
navajotimes.com - September 17, 2015
9 hours ago - WINDOW ROCK. Do Navajos really understand the health risks
of secondhand tobacco smoke? Probably not, which is why a group of health
organizations is ...
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Votes To Legalize Marijuana
Siouxland News - September 16, 2015
The Federal government says they won't prosecute growth or sale of marijuana
on tribal land as long as the tribe keeps the trade well regulated.
WA reaches pot deal with tribe, legal weed in CA could help ...
Pacific Northwest Inlander (blog) - September 16, 2015
Per the enacting legislation, a tribal tax equivalent to the state excise
tax will be applied to sales to non-tribal customers on Suquamish tribal
lands. "Our Tribe ...
Tribe signs first state cannabis compact
Lexology (registration) - September 15, 2015
The Suquamish Tribe and the Washington State Liquor-Cannabis Board have
agreed to ... processing and sale of cannabis on the Tribe's land located
in Kitsap County, Washington. Under the terms of the compact, a tribal
tax equivalent to the state excise tax will be applied to sales of cannabis
to non-tribal customers on ...
to marijuana facilities gets mixed reactions
Sioux Falls Argus Leader - September 15, 2015
Days after a South Dakota tribe sent letters inviting state lawmakers
to tour its marijuana cultivation and ... Looking at the legality of
smoking weed on tribal lands.
'doesn't mean we endorse' marijuana use
North Kitsap Herald - September 15, 2015
All tax revenue collected by the Tribe will be used for Tribal government
services. ... Tribes can also have gaming and cigarette compacts with
the state, and a ... "Though there is an exemption for sales to
tribal members, tribes entering into the ... Some Tribal members have
a problem with us being in the alcohol and tobacco ..
first state-tribal marijuana compact signed
KXLY Spokane - September 15, 2015
The Suquamish Tribe and Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board have
... processing and sale of pot on the Tribe's land located in Kitsap
County. ... Under the compact, a tribal tax equivalent to the state
excise tax will be applied to sales to ... strike · Portland
State University gets $3.5M to study e-cigarettes · Striking
endorse legalized marijuana
Green Bay Press Gazette - August 21, 2015
KESHENA Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe have voted yes to allowing
both recreational and medicinal use of marijuana on their northeastern
Tribe Votes on Marijuana Legalization
WUWM - August 19, 2015
Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw says the Menominee have been exploring the
idea of ... have removed any kind of positive the sale of marijuana
would have brought. ... One steering clear of sales is the Lac du Flambeau
Band of Lake Superior ...
House Talk: Tribal Marijuana - Good or Bad?
Native Times - August 18, 2015
Tribes are continuously admonishing the federal government to honor
tribal ... tribes for enacting sale and use of marijuana by withholding
federal funding, ...
Must Protect Right to Grow Weed
Indian Country Today Media Network - August 18, 2015
... cannabis industry, a federal law, the proposed KIDS Act would prohibit
federal funding and grant benefits that help tribal citizens with their
health and housing ...
Indian Tribes Wary of Legalized Marijuana
Oklahoma Watch - August 17, 2015
Tribal council leaders, parents and youth are concerned about the impact
that ... Native American sales on reservations are not subject to federal
taxes. Tribes ...
casinos should go smoke-free
Madison.com - August 5, 2015
Five years after Wisconsin made bars and restaurants smoke-free, an
American Indian tribe is doing the same. Thats good news for the workers
and customers of the Ho-Chunk Nations gambling facility on Madisons
Southeast Side. Other tribes across the state should follow suit.
Native American tribes want to grow their own pot and smoke it, too
Christian Examiner - August 4, 2015
If some American Indian tribes have their way, reservation lands may
soon be used to grow and sell marijuana. The Flandreau Santee Sioux
in Flandreau, South Dakota became the first Native American tribe June
11 to legalize the cultivation, consumption, possession and distribution
of marijuana on tribal lands. The tribe's move to sell the controversial
drug came less than a year after the United States Department of Justice
issued a memo in 2014 allowing more than 300 federally recognized Indian
tribes to take part in the marijuana industry.
a factor in health inequalities
Salina Post - July 21, 2015
The Legislature's recent 50-cent per pack cigarette tax increase is
helpful but not ... The state cigarette tax applies to sales on Indian
reservations but some federal taxes ... "Having the reduced-price
cigarettes so readily available makes it so much ... For many tribes,
tobacco use is part of their traditional religion and culture.
Smoking! Ho-Chunk Gaming Is First Tribal Casino in Wisconsin ...
Indian Country Today Media Network - June 17, 2015
On August 1, Ho-Chunk Nation's Gaming Madison will offer its customers
something that no other tribal casino in Wisconsin can: a "100
percent" smoke-free ...
Gaming going smoke-free in Madison
Jacksoncountychronicle - June 17, 2015
"We're excited to offer our guests and employees a completely smoke-free
environment," said executive manager Daniel Brown. Ho-Chunk Gaming
- Madison, ...
with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - June 16, 2015
We invite tribes to engage in a collaborative and respectful government?to?government
approach to the implementation and enforcement of the Tobacco Control
Co. Sheriff Responds to Tribal Marijuana Legalization
KELOLAND TV - June 16, 2015
Customers would also need a valid tribe-issued registration card, which
will be ... "It's illegal to smoke it in South Dakota, but it's
legal to smoke it on tribal land ...
things about tribal marijuana legalization
Sioux Falls Argus Leader - June 16, 2015
Here are a few things you should know about what the ordinance covers
and ... a safety statement and a warning that smoking marijuana can
be hazardous to ...
Gaming Madison Goes Smoke-Free
WMTV - June 15, 2015
Now, one of the six Ho-Chunk Gaming venues is going smoke-free. ...
Even though smoking is ban on the gaming floor, Brown said cigarettes
will still be sold at ...
South Dakota Indian Reservation Legalizes Marijuana
Mintpress News (blog) - June 15, 2015
FLANDREAU, SD - The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation has legalized
the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land. Last Thursday, the Flandreau
on South Dakota Reservation: What you need to know
KSFY - June 15, 2015
Flandreau, SD Last Thursday, the executive committee on the Flandreau
Santee Sioux Tribe approved the use of recreational marijuana on tribal
gaming facility to ban smoking
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3 - June 15, 2015
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison announced Monday it will become the first casino
in Wisconsin to ban smoking. The policy goes into effect on Aug. 1.
A release from operators said the decision is based on data collected
from a smoking survey conducted with guests beginning in November. The
casino is exempt from a statewide smoking ban for restaurants, bars
and entertainment venues, because it is on sovereign tribal land. There
will be separate smoking area for smokers apart from the current facility
so that the smoke will not permeate into the building. Electronic cigarettes
will be allowed.
du Luth Casino undergoing facelift [VIDEO]
Northland's NewsCenter - June 11, 2015
The Fon du Luth Casino is owned by the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe. ...
Casino spokespeople say the addition of a large nonsmoking area has
been in ...
KELOLAND TV - June 10, 2015
People in South Dakota haven't been able to smoke indoors in public
places for a few years already, but there are some exceptions within
the state's borders. That rule didn't automatically apply to reservations.
Still, tribal leaders on the Cheyenne River Reservation decided this
year to extend a smoke-free policy within its borders.
DETAILS: Chinook Casino Celebration
Lincoln City News Guard - June 10, 2015
Chinook Winds Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Confederated
Tribes .... The Casino offers over 1,100 slot machines including a non-smoking
River Sioux Tribe Goes Smoke-Free
Indian Country Today Media Network - June 9, 2015
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council recently passed the Smoke-free
Air Act, making it the first tribe in South Dakota to make sure indoor
public places are smoke-free.
Brick Road Casino Reveals Details for the Grand Opening ...
PR Web (press release) - May 28, 2015
Owned by the Oneida Indian Nation, Yellow Brick Road Casino is a $20
million, smoke-free, 60,000 square foot gaming venue located in Upstate
New York in ...
times for La Center cardrooms
The Columbian - May 26, 2015
Plans for the resort have long been in the works, and the tribe recently
signed ... from tribal casinos, which are allowed to offer electronic
games, indoor smoking ...
River Sioux Tribe Bans Public Indoor Smoking
KELOLAND TV - May 10, 2015
Electronic cigarettes are also banned from these spaces. Fifty-one percent
of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe members smoke, compared to a 19 percent
River Sioux Tribe outlaws smoking in public places
Indiannz.com May 6, 2015
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has gone smoke-free.
The Smoke-Free Air Act outlaws smoking inside all public places, including
restaurants, bars and tribal offices. The new law went into effect on
May 1. We are so proud of our tribal council leaders for taking action
to protect their people from second-hand smoke, Rae OLeary, a nurse
and respiratory therapist who was part of the Canli Coalition that pushed
for the ban.
Smoke free air on Cheyenne River Rez
Native Sun News March 25, 2015
Not available online.
EAGLE BUTTE Youth who spoke up for their desire to breathe clean air
have changed history on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
to begin on casino in downtown Duluth
Duluth News Tribune - March 23, 2015
Two long-awaited Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa construction
projects will begin this summer in central Duluth. a $5.5 million renovation
of the Fond-du-Luth Casino ... Both floors of the Fond-du-Luth Casino
will be renovated, and the first floor will become non-smoking The band
will take a try-it-and-see approach to having a non-smoking floor, but
customers have been asking for it, Ojibway said. Even some smokers,
he said. They are tired of smoking casinos in general. Diver said a
new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, along with the
physical separation of floors, will work to keep the effects of smoke
from the first floor. "We'll try it and see if it has an impact,"
Diver said. "Our history has shown us those areas dont receive
as much play as the rest of the floor, but we will attempt it downtown
to see how receptive customers are to change." ...
Nation state of the nation address reflects on Shelly-Jim ...
Farmington Daily Times - October 21, 2014
... years in office was the execution of the Commercial Tobacco Free
Executive Order, which banned smoking in buildings that house executive
Awards Over $11M to Fight Chronic Diseases in Indian Country
Indian Country Today Media Network - October 5, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced 22 new
grant awards in the amount of copy1.3 million to reduce chronic diseases
and promote health and wellness in Indian country. These awards, financed
by the Affordable Care Act, are part of a coordinated initiative in
all 50 states and the District of Columbia to reduce chronic diseases,
promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control
health care spending.
gets grant to address health disparities in NW Ark.
THV 11 - September 25, 2014
... tribes and tribal organizations, Urban Indian Health Programs, and
tribal and intertribal consortia. They will use public health strategies
to reduce tobacco use ...
Brokenleg, I.S.; Barber, T.K.; Bennett, N.L.; Peart, B.S.;
Blue, B.J., V., "Gambling
with our health: smoke-free policy would not reduce tribal casino patronage,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine 47(3): 290-299, September
Nation President Ben Shelly orders clean air for tribal ...
Farmington Daily Times - August 21, 2014
A 2006 U.S. surgeon general's report states smoking is the leading cause
of ... The ban does not restrict using natural mountain tobacco for
traditional and ...
Smoke Free Workplace
Indian Country Today - August 19, 2014
They also have a similar policy for a smoke free workplace. Thomas Walker,
president of the Navajo Health Coalition, said the authorities granted
to President ...
Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free
NPR - August 18, 2014
Walking onto the gaming floor at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff,
Ariz., is a sensory-rich experience, with winning bells and slot machine
jingles a constant. But in addition to hearing the sounds of the gaming
floor, visitors also smell cigarette smoke. The Smoke-Free Arizona Act
doesn't apply to this casino, located just inside the southern borders
of the Navajo Nation. That means smoking in an enclosed public space
Shelly issues Executive Order No. 12-2014 for smoke free workplace
Window Rock, AZ: The Navajo Nation - August 15, 2014
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.- The right to fresh air in the workplace. Navajo
Nation President Ben Shelly signed Executive Order No. 12-2014 into
law and said it was to protect the health of tribal employees. "The
use of commercial tobacco at is prohibited at all interior spaces operated
by the Executive Branch," President Shelly said. "This includes
a distance of 25 feet from all entrances, windows and ventilation systems."
Executive Order No. 13-2014
Protecting Navajo Nation Employees Exposure to Commercial Tobacco
Products and Secondhand Smoke in the Work Place
The Navajo Nation - August 14, 2014
LAKE OF THE TORCHES RESORT CASINO AND GREAT LAKES INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL
PARTNER TO ASSESS CASINO SMOKING PREFERENCES
Tribal Communications Office Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior
Chippewa Indians - July 23, 2014
Patrons were assessed regarding tobacco use and attitudes toward smoking
in the Casino. Of the 957 surveyed patrons, over three quarters were
non-smokers (77%); 54% indicated that they would be more likely to visit
the Casino if it went smoke-free, and more than a quarter of the participants
(28%) indicated that they would be indifferent to the Casino going smoke-free.
Over the past several months, Isaiah Brokenleg, along with other academic
partners, created a manuscript detailing the findings of the survey.
The findings will be published in the September issue of American
Journal of Preventive Medicine.
camp lays positive foundations for tribal youth
Char-Koosta News - July 17, 2014
Each year the GONA event is held at different locations in Montana
to forward its anti-tobacco/substance-abuse message and this year, the
of Crownpoint Chapter ban smoking in public places
Farmington Daily Times - May 27, 2014
FARMINGTON Members of Crownpoint Chapter have approved a clean air resolution
to prohibit smoking in public places within the chapter. The use of
commercial tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, and chewing
tobacco will not be allowed in public places and places of employment
and "No Smoking" signage must be posted within the chapter,
the resolution states. "I hope other chapters will stand behind
us and pass resolutions of this sort," she said then added that
a reservation wide smoking ban could once again be proposed to the Navajo
and Resolution Makes for Cleaner Air on Navajo Reservation
Cibola County Beacon - May 23, 2014
... in all workplaces and public places, 100 percent smoke free, in
the Crownpoint community to support an increase in health for current
and future generations.
United Tribes Technical College banning tobacco on
campus; 1st ...
The Tribune - November 20, 2013
BISMARCK, North Dakota United Tribes Technical College is becoming
the first tribal college in North Dakota to ban tobacco. The ban will
Rates During Pregnancy Highest Among Native Americans
KUNM - November 19, 2013
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases
and ... the health of smokers in general, as well as those inhaling
second hand smoke. Native Americans have the highest rates
of smoking before, during and after ...
Education, and Human Services Committee discusses report ...
September 20, 2013. Health, Education, and Human Services Committee
discusses report about Smoke-Free Policies on the Navajo Nation. LEUPP,
Young, C.F.; Skorga, P., "Interventions
for tobacco use prevention in indigenous youth," Public
Health Nursing 30(5): 448-450, September 2013.
recognized for having first completely smoke free casino in OK
Native Times - August 19, 2013
KAW CITY, Okla. Americans for Nonsmokers Rights recently awarded the
SouthWind Casino Kaw City for going smoke-free along with the Kaw Nation
and Kaw Enterprise Authority for their leadership in supporting this
smoke-free property. The award was presented during the annual Oklahoma
Indian Gaming Association expo held at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City
Arrows workers should be smoke-free
Arizona Daily Sun - July 20, 2013
Despite progress in other workplaces, tribal members still have to work
in casinos filled with toxic secondhand smoke (SHS). Casino workers
are getting sick and dying from breathing SHS, which includes over 250
toxins and 69 carcinogens. There are now 500 smokefree gaming venues
and casinos in the U.S. (ALL Canadian casinos are smokefree). Please
ask the Twin Arrows Casino to protect the health of the 800 Navajo employees
in the casino by providing them with a safe, healthy smokefree workplace.
Kaw City Celebrates Grand Opening
Kaw Nation Website - 2013
SouthWind Casino Kaw City celebrated its grand opening on Friday, 11
days after it officially opened. A large crowd turned out to recognize
the start of the first smoke-free casino in the state of Oklahoma.
SouthWind Casino General Manager Pam Shaw expressed her gratitude to
the Kaw Nation and Kaw Enterprise Authority leadership for helping get
this historic facility off the ground.
President Shelly celebrates non-smoking in...
The Navajo Post-May 22, 2013
President Shelly praised the efforts of the non smoking
initiative and thanked the officers for their service. He also told
a joke and made everyone laugh, ...
Gov stays quiet on tobacco compacts
Native American Times - May 6, 2013
On April 23, the United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas
sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallins office, asking for an explanation
by April 30 as to why she has not been participating in the tobacco
compact negotiating process and why extending ...
casino in Oklahoma the exception in the area
Kansas.com / Wichita Eagle - April 28, 2013
Searching for a way to stand out among the many tribal casinos in northern
Oklahoma, the new Kaw Nation SouthWind Casino decided not to let customers
smoke while they play the slot machines. It opened smoke-free on April
6 in a small building with 72 slots in Kaw City, about 90 miles southeast
of Wichita, and it has been receiving the thanks of grateful nonsmoking
gamblers and health organizations ever since.
casino to open as Oklahoma Indian gaming revenue continues to rise
NewsOK.com - February 27, 2013
The Kaw Nation is planning to open a totally smoke-free casino this
spring at its tribal headquarters in Kaw City as the state's Indian
gaming industry continues to expand. Oklahoma Indian gaming produced
nearly $3.48 billion in revenues in 2011 a 7.7 percent increase
over the previous year. ...
Margalit, R.; Watanabe-Galloway, S.; Kennedy, F.; Lacy, N.; Red, S.K.;
Vinson, L.; Kills, S.J., "Lakota
elders' views on traditional versus commercial/addictive tobacco use:
oral history depicting a fundamental distinction," Journal
of Community Health [Epub ahead of print], January 22, 2013.
Commentary: Native ties to tobacco run deep
Santa Fe (NM) New Mexican - November 24, 2012
It is believed that in the beginning, tobacco helped Native peoples
arrive safely into this world. In many tribal creation stories, tobacco
plays an illustrious, elaborate and unparalleled role. Numerous tribes
have beliefs that place tobacco in a role o ...
more Alaska tribes adopt tobacco-free resolutions
Alaska Dispatch - November 20, 2012
The Juneau Empire reports two tribes in Southeast Alaska have joined
the growing ranks of entities choosing to go smoke-free. The Skagway
Tribal Council and ...
more tribes go tobacco-free in Southeast Alaska
Sitnews (Ketchikan, AK) - November 17, 2012
Momentum for statewide tobacco-free workplaces continues to spread in
Alaska as the Skagway Tribal Council and the Chilkat Indian Village
(Klukwan) tribes join the growing number of 13 Southeast and 36 statewide
Alaska tribes that have already passed ...
Godlaski, T.M., "Holy
smoke: tobacco use among Native American tribes in North America,"
Substance Use and Misuse [Epub ahead of print], November 15,
Filippi, M.K.; McCloskey, C.; Williams, C.; Bull, J.W.; Choi, W.S.;
Allen, G.K.; Daley, C.M., "Perceptions,
barriers, and suggestions for creation of a tobacco and health website
among American Indian/Alaska Native college students, " Journal
of Community Health [Epub ahead of print], November 13, 2012.
Nadeau, M.; Blake, N.; Poupart, J.; Rhodes, K.; Forster, J.L., "Circles
of tobacco wisdom: learning about traditional and commercial tobacco
with Native elders," American Journal of Preventive Medicine,
43(5 Suppl 3): S222-S228, November 2012.
Native Tribal Health Consortium fighting tobacco use
Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner- October 14, 2012
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium reports that seven tribes
have approved resolutions calling for a ban on all tobacco products
in the workplace. It notes that three tribes have passed resolutions
supporting a statewide smoke-free workplace law. ...
Hawk Casino Named Best Casino in Nine Western States
Melodika.net (press release) - August 10, 2012
Red Hawk Casino is pleased to announce that it was named Best Casino
in ... West category that includes Native American Casinos in nine western
states. ... Casino boasts 88000 square feet of gaming space including
a non-smoking floor.
Million Expansion Makes Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release) - Jul 2, 2012
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a
$75 million expansion, making it the worlds sixth-largest casino,
based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot.
An enclosed smoke-free slot room with 70 machines is located next to
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos newest restaurant, Rise
Kitchen & Bakery.
Tribe not concerned about air quality
Alan L. Maki, Director of Organizing, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing
Council, Warroad, Minn.
Superior Telegram (WI) - June 27, 2012
Mike Wiggins Jr., chairman of the Bad River Indian Nation claims to
be concerned about air quality in an article published June
13 when it comes to iron ore mines, yet workers employed in the Bad
River Casino are forced to work in a smoke-filled workplace, which is
more devastating to human health than any mine would be.
Mike Wiggins Jr. doesnt want to discuss the quality of air in
casinos ... this was his only response to me when I tried to broach
the issue with him. ...
Wolfe, B.; Jakubowski, J.; Haveman, R.; Courey, M., "The
income and health effects of tribal casino gaming on American Indians,"
Demography 49(2):499-524, May 2012.
Abstract: The legalization of American Indian casino gaming in the
late 1980s allows examination of the relationship between income and
health in a quasi-experimental way. Revenue from gaming accrues to individual
tribes and has been used both to supplement tribe members' income and
to finance tribal infrastructure. We assembled annual data from 1988-2003
on tribal gaming, health care access (from the Area Resource File),
and individual health and socioeconomic characteristics data (from the
Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System). We use this information
within a structural, difference-in-differences framework to study the
effect of casino gaming on tribal members' income, health status, access
to health care, and health-related behaviors. Our difference-in-differences
framework relies on before-after comparisons among American Indians
whose tribe has at some time operated a casino and with-without comparisons
between American Indians whose tribe has and those whose tribe has not
initiated gaming. Our results provide identified estimates of the positive
effect of gaming on American Indian income and on several indicators
of American Indian health, health-related behaviors, and access to health
Gaming Linked to Improvements in Indian Health
Indian Country Today Media Network.com - May 21, 2012
Indian casino gaming has substantially improved tribal members income
and in ... Researchers found that, on average, casinos raised household
income by ... Most drastically, a boost in income has decreased the
probability of smoking by 9.6 ...
and American-Indian Health
Wall Street Journal (blog) - May 21, 2012
The influence of casinos on American Indian politics culture
and American culture more generally has often been debated. But
a new study finds that, whatever its other effects, gaming has improved
the health (and health care) of Native Americans. The largest percentage
improvements are for smoking (an average decrease of ... The income
produced by casino gaming reduces the probability of heavy ...
Rock Officials Celebrate Milestone
Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers - May 21, 2012
Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Flintco officials
celebrated the topping out of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsas
new 10-story tower that will add 100 suites and more than 55,000 square
feet of entertainment, gaming and convention space to the resort. Topping
out ceremonies commemorate reaching the highest point of construction
on a project.
The new tower will make Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tulsa the largest hotel in ... The expansion also provides options for
those seeking a non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with
a smoke-free casino floor and hotel rooms.
Bowen, D.J.; Henderson, P.N.; Harvill, J.; Buchwald, D., "Short-term
effects of a smoking prevention website in American Indian youth,"
Journal of Medical Internet Research 14(3): e81, 2012.
...These data indicate that SmokingZine needs more long-term, rigorous
investigation as a way to keep American Indian youth from becoming regular
smokers. Because the intervention group could use computers only 1 hour
per day, increasing access might result in more visits and a greater
effect of the website on smoking behaviors.
Asian food a sure bet at Potawatomi casino
Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel - April 27, 2012
If you don't usually step into the casino, the smell of cigarette
smoke might be jarring - funny how easy it was to get used to the state
smoking ban. (The casino, because it's owned by the Potawatomi tribe,
isn't subject to the smoking ban, just as it needn't charge sales tax.
The casino's restaurants are nonsmoking.)
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino tower topped off
KOKI FOX 23 - April 23, 2012
Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Flintco officials
celebrated the topping out of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsas
new 10-story tower on Monday. .. The expansion also provides options
for those seeking a non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with
a smoke-free casino floor and hotel rooms.
convention gives tribe new tools
Cape Cod Times, April 4, 2012
... The National Indian Gaming Association conference and trade show
is loaded with the flashing lights of the most notorious of casino attractions:
the slot machine.
There are money management firms, a company that sells Native
American cigarettes called "Smokin' Joes" and a nonprofit
organization that's looking to convince the Indian casino industry to
kick the habit in its gambling halls, trying to add to 19 states with
"Young adults have grown up in smoke-free states; it's now the
social norm," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of American
Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. "I think smoke-free is definitely
Dennis, M.K.; Momper, S.L., "'It's
bad around here now': tobacco, alcohol and other drug use among American
Indians living on a rural reservation," Journal of Ethnicity
in Substance Abuse 11(2): 130-148, April 2012.
Using data about members of a midwestern American Indian reservation
in eight focus groups that were conducted like "talking circles,"
the authors describe the participants' (N = 49) views of the current
use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Results indicate
that the use of tobacco is pervasive; that the use of alcohol and other
drugs, especially marijuana and oxycodone, are problems on this reservation
because they are detrimental to health and well-being; and appropriate,
available, and accessible treatment is scarce, nonexistent, or underfunded.
Culturally sensitive substance abuse treatment and increased funding
for treatment are major health issues for this population.
American inmates challenging tobacco ban
Native Times - March 29, 2012
It's traditionally mixed with other botanicals in pipes and smoked
to bring peace and ... and prison officials stopped short of banning
the use of pipes.
ands and butts
Lansing (MI) City Pulse - March 29, 2012
Expect smoking at the proposed Kewadin Lansing casino. Banning it would
have been a deal killer. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
would have felt singled out and at a disadvantage with the only smoke-free
casino in Michigan, those close to the negotiations said.
at least one nationwide group has launched an effort to get all casinos
tribal and commercial to go smoke-free. Cynthia Hallett,
executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, said that
the general common sense argument is: All workers deserve a smoke-free
place. The Bernero administration projects 1,500 permanent jobs
will stem from the casino, if it happens. Hallett disputes claims that
being smoke-free would deter potential visitors. Weather and the
price of gas is what is deterring them from going to the casino,
she said, adding a bad economy to the list.
Americans for Nonsmokers Rights formed in 1976 at a time
when very little was happening in terms of smoke-free areas. Hallett
said 19 states have smoke-free laws that apply to casinos. While no
Native American tribes in the U.S. have uniform smoke-free policies
for all their casinos, There are a number of tribal casinos that
have gone voluntarily smoke-free.
by City Pulse Radio
Lansing (MI) City Pulse, March 28, 2012
Listen to the show:
Wednesday, March 28 - This weeks guests are Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero,
Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights,
and Roger Martin and Martin Waymire of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe to
discuss smoking in the pending Kewadin casino; Jonas Greenberg, co-star
of the play "Next Fall"; and Jamie McAloon-Lampman, executive
director of the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, on the 6th
annual Humanitarian Awards.
Dakota inmate group wants tobacco ban lifted
Indian Country Today, 2012-03-27
A group of Native American inmates has filed a federal lawsuit against
the South Dakota Department of Corrections, saying a new prison policy
that bans the use of tobacco during religious ceremonies is discriminatory.
Tobacco-Free Parks policies proving effective
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News - March 26, 2012
Chippewa County, Mich. In recognition of Kick Butts Day on March
21, the Chippewa County Health Department, the Sault Tribe Community
Transformation Gant Project, and the Sault Tribe Community Health Program,
partners of the Chippewa County Tobacco-Free Living Coalition are teaming
up to highlight tobacco-free parks policies in Chippewa County and the
Sault Tribe seven county service area. ...
casino would be exempt from state smoking ban
MLive.com - March 26, 2012
By Angela Wittrock | firstname.lastname@example.org J. SCOTT PARK | MLive Media
Group The Kewadin Lansing casino would be attached to the Lansing Center.
In addition to offering on-site gaming beyond the lottery games
currently placed in bars, the tribally-owned casino would be exempt
from Michigan's smoking ban, making it the only facility in the city
where one could have a cigarette with their drink.
Timberlake, D.S.; Wu, J.; Al-Delaimy, W.K., "Tribal
casinos in California: the last vestige of indoor smoking,"
BMC Public Health 12:144, February 25, 2012.
High levels of airborne particles from secondhand smoke have been reported
in California Indian casinos. Yet, little is known regarding the smoking
status of casino patrons, their avoidance of secondhand smoke while
visiting, and their views on a hypothetical smoking ban. . . .
Ethnic minorities, older individuals, current smokers and residents
of sparsely populated regions of California were more likely than other
demographic groups to visit a tribal casino. Avoidance of secondhand
smoke was more frequent among the never smokers than former and current
smokers, particularly those who last visited a casino lacking physical
separation between non-smoking and smoking sections. The never smokers
versus current smokers disproportionately expressed a willingness to
extend their stay and visit again if smoking were prohibited.
If casinos became smoke free, then it is anticipated that they would
be visited by a significantly larger number of Californians, including
both patrons and those who otherwise would not have visited a casino.
Satter, D.E.; Roby, D.H.; Smith, L.M.; Avendano, K.K.; Kaslow, J.;
Wallace, S.P., "Costs
of smoking and policy strategies for California American Indian communities,"
Journal of Cancer Education [Epub ahead of print], February 21,
This paper discussed the dire health impacts of commercial tobacco
use in California Native American communities and the tobacco policies
necessary to reduce the burden on the community. Tobacco use is directly
lined to or exacerbates diabetes, cancer and heart disease, diseases
which plague the population. Nationally, Native Americans have the highest
smoking rates (32.4%) compared to non-Latino African Americans at 23%
and non-Latino whites at 21.9% . Statistics for were given for use
among age groups, secondhand some exposure among those with asthma,
cancer rates and costs, etc. The authors maintained that commercial
tobacco must be viewed separately from ceremonial tobacco.
Sawchuk, C.N.; Roy-Byrne, P.; Noonan, C.; Bogart, A.; Goldberg, J.;
Manson, S.M.; Buchwald, D., "Smokeless
tobacco use and its relation to panic disorder, major depression, and
posttraumatic stress disorder in American Indians," Nicotine
and Tobacco Research [Epub ahead of print], February 17, 2012.
This study examined whether panic disorder, major depression, and posttraumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) are related to lifetime smokeless tobacco (ST)
use in Northern Plains and Southwest Native Americans. Odds of lifetime
ST use was 1.6 times higher in Northern Plains members with a lifetime
history of PTSD after controlling for sociodemographic variables and
cigarette use (95% CI: 1.1, 2.3; p = .01). This association was still
persistent after further adjustment for panic disorder and major depression,
but was diminished after taking into account alcohol use. In the Southwest
tribal members, lifetime psychiatric disorders were not associated with
lifetime ST use. Increasing psychiatric comorbidity was significantly
linked to increased odds of ST use in both tribes. While about 30 percent
of tribal members were lifetime users of ST, the association with lifetime
psychiatric disorders was not as strong as among cigarette users.
Addicts Aren't Necessarily Smoking Addicts
San Diego Reader - January 25, 2012
...There are only two smoke-free Indian casinos in California, says
Cynthia Hallett, ... The research suggests that if casinos were made
Pasqual Tribe Sets New Gaming Lending Standard
MarketWatch (CA) - January 17, 2012
The San Diego County Tribe closed today on a refinancing of its $215
million ... well as a complete non-smoking casino in addition to the
main casino floor. ...
prevention program reaches 5,000th student
Claremore (OK) Daily Progress, 2011-11-30
The Cherokee Nation set a milestone by reaching the 5,000th area student
to take part in the tribe's school-based tobacco prevention program.
It happened during a tobacco prevention presentation held recently at
Dewey Middle School. ...
alarm: No noticeable decrease in American Indian smoking
Farmington (NM) Daily Times, 2011-11-14
Smokers across the country are kicking the habit. But in Indian country
in New Mexico, health officials are not finding any evidence of a decrease
in adult smoking rates. And ...
to the chairman system?
Shelly discussing ideas for Navajo Nation government reform
By Bill Donovan
Navajo Times, November 3, 2011
Roanhorse said Shelly is also looking at that process to allow
the Navajo people to weigh in on one of his personal goals - to make
the Navajo Reservation smoke free, including within the tribal casinos.
Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Speak Out
Anchorage, AK -- Tribal leaders unanimously passed a resolution
to support Alaska smokefree workplaces at this Octobers Annual
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention. The resolution sends
a clear message that it is essential to protect the health and well
being of Alaska Native people and others from the dangers of secondhand
SEARHC (SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium) representatives
Edy Rodewald and Andrea Thomas holding copies of these historic resolutions.
Click on the image for a full-size version.
Native tribal leaders speak out against smoking
Juneau Empire - November 1, 2011
Tribal leaders unanimously passed a resolution to support Alaska smokefree
workplaces at this October's Annual Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
ban on smoking in public places fails
Associated Press (AP), 2011-08-20
FLAGSTAFF - Smoking is still legal on the vast Navajo reservation after
tribal lawmakers failed to override a presidential veto of a bill that
would have banned it in public places, with the exception of casinos.
still free to light up on Navajo Nation
NECN - August 19, 2011
(AP) Navajo Nation lawmakers have failed to override a presidential
veto of a smoking ban that exempts tribal casinos. An override requires
a two-thirds ...
lawmakers consider overturning presidential veto of smoking ...
The Republic -August 19, 2011
Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering a bill Friday to overturn a
presidential veto of a smoking ban that exempts tribal casinos. ...
vetoes smoking ban, cites protection
By Noel Lyn Smith
Navajo Times, August 13, 2011
President Ben Shelly has vetoed the Navajo Nation Smoking Regulation
Act of 2011, which would have exempted casinos from a ban on smoking
in public places.
President Vetoes Bill to Exempt Gaming Houses from Smoking Ban
Indian Country Today Media Network.com - August 9, 2011
Navajo gaming executives had feared a smoking ban would negatively impact
their business. Still, the exemption would have been reconsidered once
the tribe ...
Call: Navajo leader backs off casino smoking ban
Phoenix Business Journal, August 8, 2011
, has vetoed the Navajo Nation Smoking Regulation Act of 2011
because it lacked the teeth to protect that if smoking were to be banned
in casinos, the Twin Arrows casino and resort planned near Flagstaff
Nation president vetoes smoking regulation
Associated Press (AP), 2011-08-05
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly on Friday vetoed a smoking regulation
act passed last month by the tribal council, saying the measure doesn't
go far enough to protect the health of Navajos.
casinos exempt under smoking ban
by Felicia Fonseca - Associated Press
azcentral.com, July 21, 2011
WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation lawmakers have voted to prohibit smoking
in public places on the vast reservation, with an exemption for tribal
casinos. The Tribal Council voted 14-5 in favor of the measure Wednesday
during its summer session in Window Rock.
lawmakers take up smoking ban measure
Associated Press (AP), 2011-07-17
FELICIA FONSECA * Associated Press
Navajo lawmakers are revisiting a smoking ban on the reservation with
a bill that would exempt tribal casinos at least until their financing
debts are paid off. ...
czar spending big to fight smoking ban
By Bill Donovan
Navajo Times, July 14, 2011
Bob Winter, CEO of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, said he is planning
to be in Window Rock next week when the Navajo Nation Council holds its
summer session to air the enterprise's concern about a smoking ban at
not included in smoking ban bill
By Noel Lyn Smith
Navajo Times, July 14, 2011
A new bill that would allow smoking to continue in Navajo gaming facilities
while prohibiting its use elsewhere is making its way to the Navajo Nation
The Smoke-Free Navajo Nation Act of 2011 would allow smoking at casinos
until the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise pays back the money it owes
the tribe and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority for casino construction
loans and new infrastructure to serve them.
Nation President Receives Honorary Doctorate and Public Health Award
Indian Country Today Media Network.com - July 7, 2011
The Shelly-Jim Administration is currently working on legislation
to protect the health of our children, families, workers and citizens
against secondhand smoke, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases
caused by using commercial tobacco products, ...
Satter, D.E.; Roby, D.H.; Smith, L.M.; Wallace, S.P., "Costs
of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in California American Indian
communities (anniversary report)," Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center
for Health Policy Research, October 2010.
This report examines both the health and economic costs of commercial
tobacco use and secondhand smoke inhalation in the American Indian and
Alaska Native communities in California. The authors estimate the cost
of smoking in health care and lost productivity totals
nearly 800 million dollars a year. It provides detailed breakdowns of
productivity losses, as well as costs per individual and by specific
health condition, of commercial tobacco use. The authors also describe
complicating factors, such as confusion over the role of traditional
tobacco use or sacred smoking, and offers practical guidance
and resources to tribes and American Indian communities seeking to implement
tobacco-control and prevention activities in culturally-appropriate
Day, S.; Ortiz, Y.; Scott, S., "Creating
healthier policies in Indian casinos tribal report," Minneapolis,
MN: Indigenous Peoples Task Force, August 2007.
This report provided information on Native American casinos in Minnesota
and on the reasons they might implement smokefree policies to protect
the health of their workers and patrons. The report discussed the economic
contribution of casinos to tribes in the state, as well as smoking rates.
The report provided a history of religion, tobacco use, and sovereignty
for Minnesota tribes. The authors compared smokefree Native American
casino trends in the U.S. and in Canada, as well as global smokefree
trends. The report provided details on various smokefree casinos and
a chart of tribal casinos in the state with details about their smoking
policies. [Ed. note: this report uses a map provided by ANRF of local,
county, and state smokefree laws in the U.S.]