• Gambling proposals abound in 2013 Legislature

    March 12, 2013

    As expected, there is no shortage of gambling expansion proposals awaiting consideration by the 2013 Minnesota Legislature.

    House File 522, authored by Rep. Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis, would authorize sports betting on professional and collegiate sports and athletic events in Minnesota. The bill has been referred to the Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee. Rep. Kahn has introduced similar bills in the past without success.

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  • Mille Lacs hotel purchases reflect diversification push

    March 11, 2013

    The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will announce the purchase of two major hotels in St. Paul at a press conference tomorrow (March 11) at 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel. The hotels, the 470-room Crowne Plaza on Kellogg Boulevard, and the 250-room Doubletree Hilton in the heart of downtown St. Paul, represent nearly half of St. Paul’s current lodging inventory.

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  • Star Tribune names Crooks one of Minnesota’s “Northern Lights”

    January 3, 2013

    The Star Tribune recognized the late Chairman Stanley R. Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community as one of a dozen “Northern Lights”–Minnesotans who passed away in 2012, leaving lasting legacies of singular importance. In short profiles of each, the Strib explained why the twelve were “ordinary but extraordinary.” The profile on Chairman Crooks is reproduced here. It describes the late leader’s humble early life as well as his contributions at the helm of one of the most influential and philanthropic tribes in the nation. (more…)

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  • Late Chairman Crooks named Shakopee Patch Person of the Year

    December 28, 2012

    The late Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Chairman Stanley R. Crooks was named Shakopee Patch’s 2012 Person of the Year on December 27, 2012. Chairman Crooks passed away August 25, 2012, of natural causes. He served as Chairman of the SMSC for twenty years.

    Chairman Crooks garnered 68 percent of the vote in the poll run by the national online news outlet’s Shakopee site. He was one of three people nominated by readers of the website for their contributions to Shakopee. (more…)

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  • Voter ID amendment threatens Native vote, leaders say

    September 14, 2012

    Passage of an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would require state-issued voter ID cards in order to vote could prevent many American Indians from voting, according to officials of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA).

    MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy said the proposed amendment, which will appear on the November 6 general election ballot, would create unnecessary obstacles to voting, especially for elders and those who lack transportation, use post office boxes as their primary mailing address, or may not be able to afford fees associated with the new IDs. If passed, the amendment would make it impossible for tribal members to use their tribal IDs to vote in future elections. (more…)

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  • 1,500 gather to honor memory of Chairman Crooks

    August 30, 2012

    An estimated 1500 relatives, friends, tribal leaders and other dignitaries from across the nation gathered yesterday (Wednesday, August 29) at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) to honor the memory of beloved Tribal Chairman Stanley R. Crooks, who died Saturday, August 25.

    The funeral service at Tiowakan Spiritual Center was preceded by a traditional all night vigil and prayer service, on Tuesday night, during which dozens of relatives and friends spoke about the leader all described as quiet, unassuming, generous, devoted to his family, and dedicated to the service of his community and all Native people. (more…)

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  • Parking information for Crooks wake, funeral

    August 28, 2012

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has provided additional information on parking for today’s wake and tomorrow’s funeral service for Chairman Stanley Crooks. Due to the limited parking available at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center, guests are asked to follow the directional signage to the designated parking areas, located in the Team Member parking lots just northwest of Mystic Lake Casino on Dakota Parkway. Shuttle service will be provided from Team Member lots to Tiowakan.

  • NCAI reflects on Chairman Crooks life, contributions

    August 28, 2012

    The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) released a statement today reflecting on the life and contributions of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Stanley R. Crooks, a lifetime member of NCAI and prominent leader in Indian Country, who passed away this past Saturday August 25, 2012 from natural causes. (more…)

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  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe issues statement on Chairman Crooks passing

    August 28, 2012

    Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) Chairman Norman Deschampe, who also serves as Chairman of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa, issued the following statement today on behalf of the six tribes that comprise the MCT: (more…)

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  • Crooks a “true leader” says Bois Forte Chairman Leecy

    August 28, 2012

    In a statement issued today, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Chairman Kevin Leecy described his friend and colleague Chairman Stanley Crooks as “a true leader on so many fronts.” The full statement read: (more…)

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John McCarthy, MIGA Executive Director