American Indian/Alaska Native

A landmark resolution in support of commercial tobacco-free policies for Native American Nations was recently adopted by the General Assembly at the 2016 Midyear Session of the National Congress of American Indians, June 27 to June 30, 2016, with a quorum present. Please take a look at Resolution #SPO-16-046 TITLE: Supporting Policies to Reduce Commercial Tobacco Use, Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Tobacco-Related Disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
There is also a draft smokefree Tribal Nation resolution included at the end of the NCAI resolution.

Implementing policies that substantially limit or eliminate commercial tobacco use in tribally-controlled spaces is an effective way of reducing the health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure. Despite common misconceptions about non-smoking sections and expensive ventilation systems, 100% smoke-free polices remain the only proven method of protecting tribal members, employees, and tribal business patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

As states and local municipal governments move toward securing smoke-free public spaces for their citizens, smoke-free polices are becoming the global trend. Tribal governments have a unique opportunity to protect those individuals residing, working, or visiting sovereign tribal lands. Everyone should have the right to breathe clean air.

For further resources, please visit Keep It Sacred.


Get the facts. Read ANR's 4-page document on Smokefree Tribal Casinos.


CDC: Tips from Former Smokers
Nathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke and Asthma

Accompanying Materials


Traditional Use of Tobacco (Can-sa-sa, Kinnickkinnick, Asemaa…)
Tobacco has an important role in traditional American Indian life. For tribes throughout North America, the use of traditional tobacco plant for spiritual, ceremonial and medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years. Most Indigenous nations have traditional stories explaining how tobacco was introduced to their communities, many of which emphasized the sacred properties of the plant, containing both the power to heal if used properly and the power to cause harm if used improperly.

This historic and enduring relationship with sacred tobacco must be recognized and addressed when shaping meaningful, culturally appropriate tobacco-related policies in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Tobacco-free Spaces

Establishing commercial tobacco-free spaces is one of the most important things that can be done to protect the health of tribal nations. Cigarette and chew-free spaces provide five significant benefits to the community:

  1. Commercial tobacco-free spaces protect community members from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. (Glantz, S.A. & Parmley, W., "Passive Smoking and Heart Disease: Epidemiology, Physiology, and Biochemistry," Circulation, 1991; 83(1): 1-12; and, Taylor, A., Johnson, D. & Kazemi, H., "Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Cardiovascular Disease," Circulation, 1992; 86:699-702 and Health Harms from Smoking and Other Tobacco Use, National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, October 8, 2002.)

    Secondhand Smoke: Destroying Health and Tradition (YouTube video)
    White Earth Tribal Health Theater Ad (WMV format; large file, may be slow to load)
    White Earth Tribal Health Children Are Sacred Ad (WMV format; large file, may be slow to load)

  2. Commercial tobacco-free spaces reduce children's exposure to adults modeling unhealthy behaviors.

    It's Everybody's Air (YouTube video)
    My Children Are Sacred (YouTube video)

  3. Commercial tobacco free spaces provide support to those who are choosing to quit.

  4. Commercial tobacco-free spaces save limited tribal dollars. The Indian Health Service estimates that it spends about $200 million dollars annually to treat tobacco related diseases. (W. Ron Allen, President of the National Congress of American Indians, to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Oversight Hearing on the Unmet Health Care Needs in Indian County. May 21, 1998)

  5. Commercial tobacco-free spaces protect the environment. Tobacco use is not just a health issue; it is also an environmental issue. Cultivation of tobacco for commercial products rapidly depletes nutrients from the soil and requires extensive use of herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals. Commercial tobacco use also contributes to air pollution, deforestation, and increases in landfill. Globally, more than nine million acres of forests are cut down each year to make cigarettes. (Novotny, T.E., Lum, K., Smith, E., Wang, V., and Barnes, R., Int J Environ Res Public Health, 2009 May, 6(5): 1691-1705, published online 2009 May 20. doi 10:3390/ijerph6051691)

Tribal Commercial Tobacco Smokefree Policies

There has been a tremendous amount of growth in Commercial Tobacco-Free Policies on tribal lands in recent years. A recent assessment of tribal tobacco free policies showed overwhelming support to make tribal offices completely smokefree (90% of respondents from 11 different tribes surveyed support this policy) and most support restaurants going smokefree. Although we do not know the exact number, but many tribes and Native Communities now have smokefree policies for tribal buildings.

Recent Tribal Smokefree Policies:

  • Blackfeet Tobacco Free Act
    Blackfeet Tobacco Free Act 2005, the first codified commercial tobacco ordinance in Indian Country. (See also the smokefree Resolution.) On May 11, 2011, in a 5-4 tribal council vote, the Blackfeet Nation enacted a smokefree policy for the Glacier Peaks Casino in Browning, Montana. "The council believes we're putting our people's health above all," Chairman Willie A. Sharp Jr. told the Great Falls Tribune. "The opportunity will still be there to go and gamble, just minus the smoke."

  • Fort Peck Tribes Ordinance 1906-2007-8
    Fort Peck's "Ohinni Candi Wakandapi/Chani Wakan K/Nusa" (Keep Tobacco Sacred) Act has a 100% commercial tobacco free ordinance for all tribal buildings, workplaces, bars/restaurants and casino/gaming.

  • Cherokee Nation Tobacco Free Environment Policy
    Cherokee Nation prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, inside or outside all Cherokee Nation Governmental properties, facilities, clinics, including rest rooms, conference rooms, lounge areas, break rooms, storage areas, warehouse spaces, and lunch rooms/cafeterias.

  • OST Smoke-Free Ordinance
    Oglala Sioux Tribal buildings and all offices of the Oglala Sioux Tribal programs are designated as smoke-free.

  • Navajo Nation Executive Order No. 02-2011
    2011 Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an Executive Order for 100% smokefree workplaces including casinos to protect the health of the Navajo people and public.

Smokefree Tribal Gaming

"We opened 100% smoke-free in 1997. We've expanded 100% smoke-free. And even smokers thank us for it."
- Mark Kaplan, former Marketing Director, Taos Mountain Casino, Taos, New Mexico

  • The Taos Mountain Casino in New Mexico is 100% smokefree.

  • In 2006, the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington, which operates the largest casino in the state, opened a completely non-smoking casino.

  • The Lucky Bear Casino in California is 100% smokefree.

  • The 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in North Dakota is 100% smokefree.

  • Two Onieda one-stop casinos in Wisconsin are 100% smokefree.

  • Turtle Mountain Chippewa Casino in Belcourt, ND is 100% smokefree.

To read the full article Measuring Indoor Air Quality and Engaging California Indian Stakeholders at the Win-River Resort and Casino: Collaborative Smoke-Free Policy Development, click here.

Stay Tuned:

  1. Bois Forte Tobacco Education & Policy Development group will be working with the Bois Forte Culture Committee to designate traditional Pow-wows as smokefree by 2012.

  2. Minnesota held its first Commercial Tobacco-Free Intertribal Pow-wow where only traditional tobacco was allowed in and outside this event.

  3. Nez Perce held it's first completely smokefree Pow-wow May 2011 in Lewiston, Idaho.

  4. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is actively advancing policy to make all tribal workplaces 100% smokefree

Benefits of Smokefree Tribal Policies SMOKEFREE TRIBAL POLICIES

Implementing policies that eliminate commercial tobacco use in tribally-controlled spaces is an effective way of reducing the health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure.

Tribal governments have a unique opportunity to protect those individuals residing, working, or visiting sovereign tribal lands. Everyone should have the right to breathe clean air.

A smoke-free resolution or ordinance will protect many tribal employees, children, and adult tribal members from secondhand smoke, improving health and decreasing sick days.

Our tribal governments can demonstrate their leadership in being proactive to protect the health of all tribal members.




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Rapid City Journal August 20, 2016

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PerfScience - August 5, 2016

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Courthouse News Service - August 4, 2016

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Tacoma Weekly - March 3, 2016

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... 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 ...

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Albuquerque Journal - March 1, 2016

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Ho-Chunk Nation to seek liquor license for Madison casino - February 29, 2016

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Las 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.

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PR Newswire (press release) - February 25, 2016

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Smoke Signals 2/24-/2
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 bars.

Leech 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 purposes.

Tribes Contribute Millions of Dollars to Washington Communities, Non-Profits
Indian Country Today Media Network - February 19, 2016

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Connecticut 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 ...

OU 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 cancer rates.

Shinnecock Nation To Grow Medical Marijuana And Build ... - February 8, 2016

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Bus 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 bus with

Natural Cigarettes American Indian
Cops 2.0 - February 4, 2016

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Sacramental 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.

Does the end justify the means?
Norfolk Daily News (blog) - January 27, 2016

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Smoke and Fire Over Religious Claim for 'Sacramental' Marijuana
Courthouse News Service - January 26, 2016

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Health notes
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, ...

University 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.

Legal 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 ...

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Poll reveals support for age change on tobacco purchases
East Valley Tribune - January 12, 2016

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Marijuana facility to be built on Oregon reservation
Daily Commercial News - January 6, 2016

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The Detroit News - December 20, 2015

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KTVZ - December 18, 2015

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State doubling marijuana store allocation in Kitsap
Kitsap Sun - December 17, 2015

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Ho-Chunk still mulling legalizing marijuana
Jacksoncountychronicle - December 9, 2015

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Suquamish Tribe opens marijuana shop
Kitsap Sun - December 9, 2015

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Washington State's Second Native American-Owned Pot Shop Is a ... (blog) - December 8, 2015

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Let 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.

Marijuana Could Soon Be Legal in Cherokee, North Carolina
WTVC - November 24, 2015

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Tribe Explores Idea Of Producing Medical Marijuana - November 24, 2015

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In Pot News: Grower or a Shower? Liquor and Cannabis Board Gets ... (blog) - November 24, 2015

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30 Years of NIGA: Tribal Gaming's Unique History and Purpose
Indian Country Today Media Network- November 23, 2015

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Law360 - November 23, 2015

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Smoking Rates Still High Among Native Americans, LGBT Community, Mentally Ill (blog) - November 20, 2015

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Taking 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.

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CBS News - November 19, 2015

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Legal experts urge caution as tribes enter pot business
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription ) November 19, 2015

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Iowa official: Unknown if marijuana discussion will be part of talks ...
Sioux City Journal - November 18, 2015

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The 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 smoking lounge…

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TriValley Central - November 17, 2015

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A public forum will be held Friday in Sioux City to discuss the public ...
Sioux City Journal - November 17, 2015

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Mixed Smoke Signals For Tribal Marijuana From DOJ
Above the Law - November 16, 2015

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South Dakota Law Can Get You Busted For Smoking Marijuana In ...
The Weed Blog (blog) - November 12, 2015

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Tribal Pot: What's Next?
KELOLAND - November 12, 2015

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Omaha 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 Ridge Reservation.

Tribe's recreational, medicinal marijuana operation suspended
Grand Forks Herald - November 10, 2015

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Squaxin 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 ...

Tribes Visit Flandreau's Marijuana Facility
KELOLAND TV - November 5, 2015

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Chronicle AM: Sanders Files Bill to End Federal Pot Prohibition ...
Drug War Chronicle - November 5, 2015

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DEA chief has an axe to grind with marijuana, and with western ...
Extract - November 5, 2015

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The 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," Lewis said.

Moody 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 reservation.

Legal train wreck coming down South Dakota tracks
KELO AM-FM - November 4, 2015

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Questions 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.

High Cost Of Legalized Marijuana
KELOLAND TV - November 4, 2015

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Cherokee to consider marijuana legalization
Smoky Mountain News - November 3, 2015

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LETTER: Cherokee Indian Hospital has a No-Smoking Policy
Cherokee One Feather - November 3, 2015

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How 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.

City should make room for native beliefs
Helena Independent Record - November 3, 2015

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Pot 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 ...

DEA 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. ....

Native 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 ...

KBIC 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 ...

Taunton 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 ...

Connecticut 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," ...

East 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.

All 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 free).

Quick 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.

State 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.

Governor 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.

Tribe, 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.

SD 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 ...

Pot 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.

A '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 ...

SD 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 2009 ...

South 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".

'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 of Justice.

South 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, ...

Ho-Chunk 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, ...

Smoke 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, ...

'Air is Life' conference to address dangers of secondhand ... - 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 ...

The 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.

WW: 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 ...

Suquamish 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 ...

Invitation 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.

Compact '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 ..

Nation's 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 Pasco ...

Menominees 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 ...

Menominee 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 ...

Round 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, ...

Tribes 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 ...

Most 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 ...

More casinos should go smoke-free - 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.

Some 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.

Tobacco 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.

No 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 ...

Ho-Chunk 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, ...

Engagement 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 Act.

Brookings 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 ...

6 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 ...

Ho-Chunk 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 ...

Trailblazing 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 ...

Marijuana 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 lands, ...

Madison gaming facility to ban smoking - 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.

Fond 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 ...

Smoke-Free Cheyenne River
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.

NEW 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 section ...

Cheyenne 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.

Yellow 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 ...

Troubling 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 ...

Cheyenne 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 national ...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe outlaws smoking in public places 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.

Renovations 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." ...

Navajo 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 branch offices.

CDC 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.

UAMS 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 ...

Navajo 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 ...

Navajo's 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 ...

Casinos 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 is legal.

President 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

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.

GONA 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 Flathead ...

Members 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 Nation Council.

Grants 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

Health, 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, Ariz.

Kaws 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 last week.

Twin 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.

SouthWind Casino 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.

Navajo 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, ...

Okla. 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 ...

Smoke-free casino in Oklahoma the exception in the area / 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.

Smoke-free casino to open as Oklahoma Indian gaming revenue continues to rise - 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. ...

McKOSATO: 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 ...

Two 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 ...

Two 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 ...

Alaska 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. ...

Red Hawk Casino Named Best Casino in Nine Western States (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.

$75 Million Expansion Makes Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ... (press release) - July 2, 2012

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s 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 & Casino’s newest restaurant, Rise Kitchen & Bakery™. …

LETTER: 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. doesn’t 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. ...

Tribal Gaming Linked to Improvements in Indian Health
Indian Country Today Media - 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 ...

Casinos 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 ...

Hard 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 Tulsa’s 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. …

RuYi's 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.) …

New 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 Tulsa’s 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. …

Gaming 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 smoke-free casinos.

"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 the trend."

Native 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. …

Ifs, 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. … But 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.” …

3/28/12 Radio Show
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. …

South Dakota inmate group wants tobacco ban lifted
Indian Country Today, 2012-03-27
Dirk Lammers

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. …

Local 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. ...

Lansing casino would be exempt from state smoking ban - March 26, 2012

By Angela Wittrock | 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. …

Gambling 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 smoke-free, ...

San 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. ...

Tobacco 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. ...

Smoke alarm: No noticeable decrease in American Indian smoking
Farmington (NM) Daily Times, 2011-11-14
Ryan Boetel

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 ...

Back 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 October’s 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 smoke.

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.

Alaska 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) Convention ...

Navajo ban on smoking in public places fails
Associated Press (AP), 2011-08-20
Felicia Fonseca

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. ...

Smokers 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 ...

Navajo 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. ...

Shelly 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. …

Navajo President Vetoes Bill to Exempt Gaming Houses from Smoking Ban
Indian Country Today Media - 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 ...

Morning 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 would…

Navajo 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. …

Navajo casinos exempt under smoking ban
by Felicia Fonseca - Associated Press, 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. …

Navajo 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. ...

Casino 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 the casinos. …

Casinos 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 Council.
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. …

Navajo Nation President Receives Honorary Doctorate and Public Health Award
Indian Country Today Media - 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,” ...

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