Minnesota Gaming Tribes and Casinos
The 11 federally recognized tribal nations in Minnesota are proud sovereign governments with rich cultures. As a sovereign nation, each tribe interacts on a government-to-government basis with local, county, state and federal units of government. The four Dakota tribes have reservations south and west of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The seven Ojibwe/Chippewa reservations are located north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, all the way to the Canadian border.
Minnesota’s tribes own and operate 18 casinos. They use their gaming profits to improve life for their members and reservations, while the surrounding communities benefit through significant employment, tourism, and tax revenues.
Much progress remains to be made, but the first 25 years of Indian gaming has begun to reverse the tide of poverty and neglect experienced by generations of Minnesota’s Native people due to failed federal policy.
Photos courtesy of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe