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  • Stacey Thunder to Host MIGA 25th Anniversary Event

    6 September 2016

    STACEY THUNDERStacey Thunder, well-known Native American producer, actress, television host and attorney, will serve as emcee and host for the nearly sold-out MIGA 25th Anniversary Gala Banquet on Thursday, September 15 at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront.

    The former host of “Native Report,” Thunder now hosts and produces her own video series, “Indigenous with Stacey Thunder.” She was recognized as one of the inaugural “50 Faces of Indian Country” by Indian Country Today Media Network, and as one of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “40 Under 40” award winners. She is of Red Lake and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe descent.

    MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy said nearly 400 guests are expected to attend the gala, including Minnesota tribal officials, state and federal dignitaries, national Indian gaming leaders, tribal vendors and suppliers, and community members.

    The festivities begin at 6 pm with a social hour followed by dinner at 7 pm. The program highlights include songs by Dakota and Ojibwe drum groups and a short video telling the story of Minnesota’s tribal-state compacts, the first in the nation to be signed under IGRA.

    Scheduled speakers include MIGA Chairman Charles Vig, who also chairs the Shakopee Mdewekanton Sioux Community; National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr.; U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum and John Kline, both members of the House Native American Caucus; U.S. Senator Al Franken, a member of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, who will address the group via video message; and John McCarthy. A special keynote speaker will be announced later this week.

    A limited number of individual seats are still available for purchase on the MIGA website.

  • Fond du Lac solar farm ready to make electricity

    30 August 2016

    “The $2.2 million solar project is among the largest to come online in the Northland.”

  • Duluth Casino Completes Comprehensive System Upgrade to IP with Implementation by North American Video

    23 August 2016

    “‘IP really enhances our options for scalability and flexibility…'”

  • New Shooting Star Casino near Bagley opens Wednesday

    23 August 2016

    “We did a feasibility in early 2015, and through that it was found that this area had a great demographic and offered a good opportunity for market penetration.”

  • Red Lake Nation to build affordable housing in Minneapolis

    17 August 2016

    According to Red Lake Economic Development Director Sam Strong, it’s the tribe’s first attempt to provide affordable housing to members who live outside the northern Minnesota reservation

  • Tribes plan gala to celebrate gaming milestone

    13 August 2016

    Minnesota Indian tribes will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the state’s final gaming compacts on Thursday, September 15 with a gala banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront, a property now owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

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  • Ojibwe storyteller and writer Jim Northrup dies at age 73

    2 August 2016

    “Northrup embraced his Anishinaabe language and heritage and helped non-Indians understand it through his plays, including a one-man show…”

  • Federal judge rules in favor of tribal members, blocks N.D. voter ID law

    1 August 2016

    “Recent changes to North Dakota’s voter identification laws have placed an ‘undue burden’ on Native Americans and other voters, a federal judge ruled Monday…”

  • The real history of Mount Rushmore

    29 July 2016

    “The Black Hills story has many beginnings, but it was the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 that opened westward settlement that would seal the fate of Plains tribes, including Minnesota’s Dakota.”

  • Treasure Island breaks ground on $86 million resort renovation

    22 July 2016

    “Treasure Island Resort and Casino recently broke ground on an $86 million project that will significantly increase and upgrade its hotel rooms.”