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  • NIGA official praises Chairman Crooks in official statement

    27 August 2012

    National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. has issued an official statement praising the leadership and contributions of Chairman Stanley Crooks. Here is the full text with accompanying graphic:

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  • Red Lake Chairman pays tribute to Stanley Crooks

    27 August 2012

    Floyd “Buck” Jourdain, Chairman of the Red Lake Nation, has issued the a statement paying tribute to Chairman Stanley Crooks, who died Saturday after more than two decades of service to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and MIGA. (more…)

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  • Crooks funeral arrangements announced

    27 August 2012

    Funeral arrangements for Chairman Stanley Crooks now are confirmed. Visitation will begin at 5 pm Tuesday, August 28, at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center on the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Reservation. Eulogies and remarks by guests will begin at 7 pm. The visitation and traditional vigil will continue through the night. The funeral service will be held at Tiowakan at 11 am on Wednesday, August 29. (more…)

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  • “This quiet, unassuming man…” a heartfelt tribute to Chairman Crooks

    27 August 2012

    Long-time MIGA lobbyist Andy Kozak, who worked closely with Chairman Stan Crooks for more than twenty years, posted this comment and photo on his Facebook page yesterday. It is a heartfelt tribute, and one that expresses what many who worked with Stan Crooks are feeling today. (more…)

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  • Legislative, congressional leaders comment on passing of Chairman Crooks

    26 August 2012

    U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement yesterday on the death of Chairman Stanley Crooks: (more…)

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  • MIGA mourns loss of Chairman Stanley Crooks

    25 August 2012

    Minnesota Indian tribes are mourning the loss of Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) Chairman Stanley Crooks, who passed away today at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee, MN.

    Crooks, 70, had led MIGA since 1992, shortly after being elected to his first term as chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. He brought unprecedented stability and continuity to his tribe and MIGA during more than two decades of service.
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  • TPT’s Almanac airs interview with Chairman Stanley Crooks

    23 July 2012

    In a rare TV interview last week, Chairman Stanley Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) told TPT “Almanac” reporter Mary LaHammer that he and Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson reached their historic joint marketing agreement after “a great conversation” that lasted only two hours. “The handlers took it from there,” he said.
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  • Mystic-Canterbury joint agreement takes racino off the table

    6 June 2012

    Mystic Lake Casino, an enterprise of the Shakopee Mdewkanton Sioux Community (SMSC), has entered into a long-term joint marketing agreement with Canterbury Park that takes racinos off the table for ten years, fostering growth at both properties and preserving rural jobs in gaming and the horse industry.

    The agreement was described by Canterbury Park President and CEO Randy Sampson as “a milestone that will mark the rebound of Minnesota horse racing and our local equine industry.” Under its terms, Mystic Lake will contribute $75 million over ten years to enhance purses at the track, and another $8.5 million over that period to fund joint marketing efforts. In exchange, Canterbury Park will no longer pursue legislation authorizing racinos in Minnesota, and will join forces with SMSC to defeat other proposals for gambling expansion that could hurt both businesses. Other joint promotional efforts will be developed as well. (more…)

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  • Racino bill may be dead for session

    6 April 2012

    A racino bill passed by the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee on March 30 may be dead for the 2012 session, according to yesterday’s edition of “Hot Dish Politics,” a political blog written by Star-Tribune reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger. (more…)

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  • White Earth casino plan ‘misguided’ MIGA tribes say

    22 February 2012

    A statement issued today by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) says the White Earth Band of Ojibwe’s offer to partner with the State of Minnesota on a casino to benefit the Minnesota Vikings is “misguided,” and contrary to long-term tribal interests. Here is the full text of the statement: (more…)

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