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  • Pow wow at Black Bear Casino draws hundreds from in and out of state

    January 17, 2017

    “Organizers believe the attendance of state and federal agencies is important for the event, so those agencies can learn from indigenous communities, whose presence is often overlooked when making decisions on how to take care of the land.”

  • Judge rejects daily fantasy sports company’s argument that its products are illegal

    January 3, 2017

    “A federal judge has rejected a former Las Vegas area company’s novel legal argument that it should not be liable for a $1.1 million contract with a Minnesota hockey team because its daily fantasy sports products are illegal in the state.”

  • Gambling industry hopes casino mogul in White House pays off

    December 22, 2016

    “Donald Trump will be the first U.S. president to have ever owned a casino, and the gambling industry is wondering how he will handle three major issues: internet gambling, sports betting and daily fantasy sports.”

  • Wolves, Lynx name ‘founding partners’ for $130M in arena upgrades

    December 7, 2016

    “Treasure Island Resort & Casino has partnered with the Timberwolves and Lynx teams for 17 years. Its newest sponsorship agreement will give it a more prominent presence inside the Target Center.”

  • Greentube Pro, Treasure Island Resort & Casino partner for social casino platform

    December 7, 2016

    “‘Online gaming has exploded in recent years so it’s a natural shift for Treasure Island Resort & Casino to extend our games to guests outside of the walls of our casino…'”

  • National Indian Gaming Association puts CBS This Morning on notice for misrepresentations of Indian gaming

    November 9, 2016

    “We strongly believe that CBS and its Morning Team have a responsibility to set the record straight…”

  • Angela Heikes to lead Midwest’s largest casino

    October 25, 2016

    “Heikes is known by Minnesota lawmakers and industry insiders as a central and highly credible figure in protecting the state’s Indian gaming industry in its first 25 years.”

  • Firm hopes to be 1st with skill-based slots

    September 28, 2016

    “A New York firm hopes to be the first in the world to install skill-based slot machines on casino floors in which the main determining factor in how much a player can win is his or her ability to play the game.”

  • Nearly 400 Join MIGA for 25th Anniversary Celebration

    September 20, 2016

    A capacity crowd of more than 380 guests joined Minnesota tribal leaders and dignitaries on Thursday, September 15, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state’s tribal gaming compacts. In honor of the occasion, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Thursday “Tribal Government Gaming Day in Minnesota,” and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum read a letter from President Barack Obama in which he saluted tribal leaders for “helping to open a new era of opportunity for our Nation’s first peoples.”

    Dinner guests enjoyed a wind flute serenade by Ojibwe musician Maxwell Blake and a slide show recognizing the early leaders of Minnesota Indian gaming. Another program highlight was a short video telling the story of the compact negotiations and what the agreements have meant to Minnesota tribes. Following the video, each of the MIGA tribal leaders in attendance delivered brief remarks and introduced their fellow elected officials and staff.

    Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), noted the key role that MIGA tribal leaders played in the formation of the organization he leads. “It was Minnesota that led the way in creating NIGA,” Stevens said, “and Minnesota tribes continue to be key players in keeping NIGA strong and effective.”

    Keynote speaker Franklin Ducheneaux noted that MIGA’s contributions go beyond Minnesota and beyond Indian gaming. “Minnesota tribal leaders have always understood that when the sovereignty of one tribe is threatened, all tribes are at risk. By remaining unified and speaking as one voice in the defense of sovereignty, MIGA tribes have set an example for the rest of Indian country to follow.”

  • Tribal Enterprise Jobs, Purchasing Boost Minnesota’s Economy

    September 15, 2016

    St. Paul, MN–A study released September 15 by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) reports that the state’s tribal casinos account for more than 26,800 direct and indirect jobs statewide and a total economic impact of almost $1.8 billion dollars.

    The job numbers include 13,371 gaming and ancillary jobs, as well as 1,916 non-gaming jobs on and off the reservation. Indirect and induced employment accounts for another 11,097 jobs, bringing the total to 26,384. Tribal government jobs, which were estimated at over 6,000 in a 2007 study, were not included in this study.

    MIGA Executive Director John McCarthy said this study is the first to examine the impact of tribally owned non-gaming businesses located both on and off the reservation.

    “As Indian gaming has matured, tribes have begun to focus on diversifying their economies beyond gaming and outside reservation boundaries,” he said. “Many tribes are now operating enterprises that create jobs and pay taxes in their local communities. That makes them even more valuable as economic assets to Minnesota.”

    Other highlights of the study:

    • Tribal gaming and non-gaming enterprises on and off the reservation pay over $0.5 billion in wages and benefits, and generate approximately $126 million in payroll taxes annually. When indirect and induced impacts are included, total wage earnings from tribal enterprises exceed $1 billion.
    • Tribal enterprises account for over $717 million in annual purchases for goods and services, $482 million of which is paid to Minnesota vendors.
    • Since Indian gaming began in Minnesota, tribes have invested more than $2.5 billion in their gaming and non-gaming enterprises both on and off the reservation, including almost $200 million in 2015, and are projecting another $300 million in capital investment in 2016-2017.
    • Minnesota tribal casinos attract almost 23 million visitors each year, making them the 2nd largest tourist attraction in the state, second only to the Mall of America.
    • 9 percent of all tribal enterprise employees are full-time. Approximately 50 percent are women; nearly 30 percent are Native Americans and another 10 percent are other minorities.

    MIGA Chairman Charles Vig, who also serves as Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, said the tribes are proud of their sustained contribution to Minnesota’s economy.

    “Indian gaming has become much more than a tool for tribal development and revitalization,” Vig said. “Thanks to gaming revenues, some tribes are now in a position to invest not only in our own communities, but in our neighbors as well. That means more job opportunities for a diverse work force, more tax revenues for local jurisdictions, and more economic progress for all Minnesotans.”

    The new study, conducted by KlasRobinson QED, was commissioned by MIGA as part of its commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Minnesota’s gaming compacts, which were negotiated and signed between 1989 and 1991. The full report is available here.

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