|Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists - Peter S. Popovich Freedom of Information award "given by the board of Minnesota SPJ to the person or organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment rights" awarded to Native American Press/Ojibwe News publisher Bill Lawrence in 2003, for "pursuit through bureaucratic and legal channels to make the audited financial statements of Indian casinos public information under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act."|
Press/ON wins ruling that state-held gaming data is public information
( Ojibwe News, The, 6/15/2001 )
Editorial: Sunshine comes to the Indian gambling industry in Minnesota
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 6/15/2001 )
Dept. of Public Safety caves in to tribal gambling interests: Commissioner Charlie Weaver Applies for Temporary Classification of Gambling Audits as "Private" on June 27, 2001
( Ojibwe News, The, 6/29/2001 )
of Public Safety caves in to tribal gambling interests: COMMISSIONER
CHARLIE WEAVER APPLIES FOR TEMPORARY CLASSIFICATION OF GAMBLING AUDITS
AS "PRIVATE" ON JUNE 27,2001 Charlie Weaver, Commissioner ...
Editorial: Minnesota Indian gambling - unregulated, unaccountable, monopoly with nearly unlimited cash hiding behind sovereign immunity
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 7/13/2001 )
Indian gambling--unregulated, unaccountable, monopoly with nearly
unlimited cash hiding behind sovereign immunity Minnesota Commissioner
of Public Safety Charlie Weaver expressed a remarkable ...
Official correspondence reveals unusually cozy relationship between DPS, Indian gambling interests
NiiSka, Clara; Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 7/13/2001 )
1993 Report on Indian Gaming Compacts reveals genesis of present problems
Pagano, Jean ( Ojibwe News, The, 8/10/2001 )
September of 1993 saw a report to former Governor Arne Carlson on
Indian gaming compacts from the Tribal-State Compact Negotiating
Committee. Members of the Committee included Harry Baltzer; Senator ...
"Sunshine laws" at Minnesota's Indian casinos: Public comments on DPS application to reclassify State-held casino audits as "private data"
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 8/10/2001 )
The Minnesota Department of Administration invited public comment on its pending ruling on the Department of Public Safety's (DPS) June 27 request to classify tribal gambling enterprise audits as ...
Editorial: Closing the books on the people's right to know: State Commissioner re-classifies casino audits as non-public
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 8/24/2001 )
A 'blank check' for Indian secrecy?
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 8/31/2001 )
Department of Administration Commissioner David F. Fisher released his
August 20, 2001 decision to classify Indian tribal gambling audits as
nonpublic information eight days after it became official, ...
Editorial: Hatch decision in best interests of state and Indian people
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 9/21/2001 )
Attorney General Rules: Indian Gambling Audits are Public Information
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 9/21/2001 )
Editorial: Lawsuits focus attention on Indian gambling
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 9/28/2001 )
Casino Audit Update: Five Minnesota Indian 'tribes' respond to Attorney General's ruling with lawsuits
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 9/28/2001 )
Attorney General Mike Hatch's office released a ruling on Friday, September 14th determining Indian casino audits held by the state under the terms of the state-tribal compacts are "public under ...
Prairie Island's, Mille Lac's casino audit lawsuit hearing scheduled in Ramsey County
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 10/5/2001 )
Publisher files as intevenor in casino audit lawsuits
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 10/26/2001 )
Minnesota tribes resist making casino audits public
( Ojibwe News, The, 12/7/2001 )
Star Tribune to file amicus brief in Indian casino audit cases
( Ojibwe News, The, 12/14/2001 )
Mille Lacs, Prairie Island argue casino audits should be secret
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 2/1/2002 )
Press/ON publisher Bill Lawrence went to court on Monday, January 28, representing himself and this newspaper in the legal cases Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians v. State, et al., and Prairie Island ...
Editorial: Judge Bjorkman rewrites the law
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 4/19/2002 )
County District Court Judge Louise Bjorkman's decision in the lawsuits,
Prairie Island Indian Community vs. Minnesota Department of Public
Safety, Court File No. C5-01-8766, and Mille Lacs Band ...
Ramsey County judge says 2 Indian bands' gambling audits are nonpublic
Pat Doyle (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A Ramsey County judge ruled Tuesday that the gambling audits of two Indian groups that own some of Minnesota's biggest casinos should not be made public. ...
Press/ON takes quest for casino audits to Court of Appeals
NiiSka, Clara (Ojibwe News, The, 6/21/2002 )
Thursday, June 20th, Native American Press/Ojibwe News publisher Bill
Lawrence appealed Ramsey County District Court Judge Louise Bjorkman's
April 23, 2002 ruling that the Indian casino audit data ...
Publisher appeals casino
audit cases (MINNESOTA) -- A federal
district judge has rejected two tribes’ arguments that federal law
prevents a Minnesota state agency from releasing financial audits of
Federal judge denies Shakopee, Grand Portage motion for summary judgment in casino audit lawsuit
NiiSka, Clara; Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 6/28/2002 )
U.S. Federal District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery denied tribal arguments and granted the state's motion for summary judgment in the case Shakopee and Grand Portage v. Mike Hatch, David F. Fisher, and ...
State, Press/ON file briefs in casino audit appeal
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 9/20/2002 )
Garry, attorney for the Minnesota attorney general's office, filed
briefs with the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday, September 13th,
in the consolidated cases Prairie Island Indian Community ...
Editorial: Court debunks myth that audits are "trade secrets"
Lawrence, Bill ( Ojibwe News, The, 4/4/2003 )
was gratifying to learn on Tuesday this week that the Minnesota Court
of Appeals threw out a Ramsey County District Court decision which had
found that Minnesota tribal casino audited financial statements ...
Court of Appeals rules casino audits held by state are public information
NiiSka, Clara ( Ojibwe News, The, 4/4/2003
On Tuesday, April 1, a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that most of the information in Indian casino audits, which Minnesota state-tribal gambling compacts require the tribes ...