• 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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  • Prairie Island responds to Star Tribune “superficial analysis” on gaming regulation

    30 January 2012

    Calling a recent Minneapolis Star-Tribune article about Indian gaming regulation a “superficial analysis” that “omitted key facts,” Prairie Island Indian Community President Johnny Johnson took the newspaper to task in an opinion column published today. The complete text of the piece follows:

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  • Tribal gaming highly regulated with or without state, tribe says

    29 January 2012

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has responded to a recent story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune claiming that lax state regulation means its casinos have been unregulated. Here is the complete text of the tribe’s response. (more…)

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  • State shouldn’t mess with state’s 6th largest employer

    13 October 2011

    Minnesota’s Indian tribes, viewed collectively, are the 6th largest employer in Minnesota, based on a list of the top 50 state employers published last week by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

    MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy said that’s a good reason for the state to avoid any actions that might put tribal jobs at risk. He was referring to recent proposals that would expand gambling to racetracks or other metro area locations, forcing substantial job cuts at tribal casinos as well as reductions in tribal government programs and services. (more…)

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  • Mille Lacs Band responds to track shutdowns

    14 July 2011

    On Wednesday (July 13), legislators from the Shakopee area held a news conference calling attention to the harm caused to employees of Canterbury Park and Running Aces by the state government shutdown. The tracks, which are regulated by state racing commissioners, have been closed since July 1 because they are not permitted to operate without regulatory oversight. (more…)

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  • Leecy: Pro-racino ads promise more than racino can deliver

    12 July 2011

    A costly pro-racino ad campaign funded by Running Aces Harness Track is promising much more than two racinos actually could deliver for Minnesota, according to Chairman Kevin Leecy of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in Northern Minnesota. (more…)

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  • MIGA: Hate speech has no place in racino debate

    4 May 2011

    Today’s edition of the Star Tribune carried MIGA’s response to a recent column by Gary Larson, a “columnist” who is well known to Native Americans for his frequent racist rants and hate speech. Here’s the full text of the response by John McCarthy, MIGA executive director. (more…)

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