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  • MIGA jobs rally draws 3,000 tribal supporters

    27 April 2011

    Despite rain, cold winds and 40-degree temperatures, an estimated 3,000 tribal employees, tribal members and supporters gathered on the mall in front of the Minnesota State Capitol yesterday to highlight their concerns about potential tribal job losses if the state legislature authorizes slot machines at licensed racetracks in Minnesota. The “Don’t Gamble with Our Jobs” rally was organized by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA). (more…)

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  • Tribal employees to rally at Capitol on Tuesday

    24 April 2011

    Tribal employees, vendors and supporters will hold a “Don’t Gamble With Our Jobs” rally on the steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday (April 26) at 1 pm. The event is designed to highlight the fears of thousands of tribal employees who could lose their jobs if the legislature adopts any of the gambling expansion proposals now on the table. (more…)

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  • “Racino no solution,” says Winona Daily News

    31 March 2011

    The March 26 edition of the Winona Daily News carried a strongly worded editorial opposing proposed racino legislation in Minnesota. Here’s the full text of the column: (more…)

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  • Gambling expansion “a crusade for bigger government,” think tank CEO says

    27 March 2011

    The top official of a conservative Minnesota think tank has called the campaign to expand gambling “a crusade for bigger government.” The March 26 edition of the Star-Tribune featured a guest column by Freedom Foundation CEO Annette Meeks. Meeks challenged the basic assumption that gambling expansion would produce significant benefits for the state. Here’s the complete text. (more…)

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  • Don’t ignore tribal gaming benefits, experts urge state

    24 March 2011

    A March 21 blog by internationally recognized Indian gaming law experts Kathryn R.L. Rand and Steven Andrew Knight, co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota, urges Minnesota legislators to think carefully before adopting gambling policies that might harm rural areas of the state. Here’s what Rand and Knight had to say: (more…)

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  • Racino a “public policy distraction,” says MN2020

    24 March 2011

    MN 2020 says that Racinos are a public policy distraction. The full blog post, Bet the Nag: Racino as a Policy Distraction,  is included after the break. (more…)

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  • Citizens speaking out against racino

    23 March 2011

    Minnesota citizens are speaking out against the racino, and giving their legislators an earful. According to statistics from the MIGA Website Action Center, more than 100 Minnesotans have emailed Governor Dayton and their local legislators with messages over the past 24 hours opposing the racino and other proposed forms of gambling expansion. Many of those messages have been targeted to Sen. Claire Robling and Rep. Michael Beard, who represent District 35, where the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is located. Robling is a strong supporter of the racino. (more…)

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  • Fond du Lac Band protects jobs and programs

    20 March 2011

    For many Indian tribes, their casinos are not only their primary revenue source, but also among the largest employers in the counties where they are located. A February 20 article in the Duluth News Tribune highlighted the commitment of one tribe to protecting its employees as well as its tribal members from recession-related cuts. Here’s the whole story: (more…)

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  • Shakopee Sioux Community speaks out on racino claims

    18 March 2011

    The staff counsel for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has spoken out in response to a recent racino story that appeared in several southern Minnesota newspapers. Here is William J. Hardacker’s commentary: (more…)

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  • Racino poses risk of regional job loss, Leecy says

    13 March 2011

    The Chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa has expressed concern that the push for slot machines at racetracks in Minnesota could lead to a racino in his tribal casino’s backyard.

    Chairman Kevin Leecy said a proposed racino in Hibbing could cost hundreds of jobs at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower. His comments appeared in the March 8 edition of the Duluth News Tribune. The Hibbing racino is one of as many as four that would be authorized if the Minnesota Legislature passes a bill allowing slot machines at state racetracks.

    Here’s what Chairman Leecy had to say: (more…)

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