• UMD Offers 1-Week Summer Certificate in Tribal Administration, Governance

    May 30, 2017

    The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has received a Blandin Foundation grant to offer a one-week summer pilot program leading to a Professional Certificate in Tribal Administration and Governance at a reduced cost of $250 per person. The 2017 Summer Academy is set for July 31-August 4 at the Griggs Center on the UMD campus.

    The program includes the week-long course with expert presentations and hands-on case study projects as well as a fall symposium and spring 2018 retreat. Covered topics include tribal ethics, law, human resources, project management, budgets and leadership. The content is designed to benefit those currently serving in tribal leadership positions, aspiring future leaders, and individuals serving tribes in various administrative/management roles.

    More information is available here.



  • Interblock brings electronic table games to Minnesota

    May 23, 2017

    “Interblock announced its first product placement in the state of Minnesota: The automated Big Six wheel, now available to players at Black Bear Casino.”

  • LEECH LAKE: Leech Lake voters approve new casino plan

    May 18, 2017

    “Construction is expected to start on the new Palace in spring 2018, with completion likely at the beginning of 2019. Historically, the Palace has employed between 300 and 360 workers, while the new casino will employ an estimated 450 to 500.”

  • Star Lake casino use permit decision still on hold

    May 15, 2017

    “Environmental reviews are still taking place related to a proposed casino submitted by the White Earth Nation on the southwest side of Star Lake in central Otter Tail County… If the five-person county board believes that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has answered all environmental questions, they will most likely say an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not needed.”

  • 24th Annual MIGA Golf Tournament Set for June 19

    May 7, 2017

    MIGA will host its 24th annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 19 at The Meadows at Mystic Lake starting at 10:00 am. The gathering is the association’s only yearly fundraising event.

    MIGA Chairman Charlie Vig said the golf tournament helps MIGA sustain its advocacy on behalf of Indian gaming, which has proven to be a successful economic development tool for tribes for more than 25 years. “However, there are still many unmet needs in Indian country, and the tribes must continue to build on what they’ve accomplished,” Vig said.

    Chairman Vig expressed appreciation to the tribes, vendors and suppliers who show their support through participation in the tournament. “Some of these vendors have been part of this effort from the earliest days of Indian gaming,” he said. “We’re very proud of these relationships, and very grateful for them.”

    A registration form for the event is available here.

  • Canterbury Park opens on Derby weekend for first time since 2008

    May 5, 2017

    “Canterbury Park partnered with Mystic Lake Casino in 2012 and the Mdewankanton Sioux invested $80 million over 10 years. ‘It’s a big reason why racing is still viable in Minnesota.’”

  • Leech Lake to vote on new casino, hotel in Cass Lake

    May 2, 2017

    “If the referendum passes, [Chairman Faron] Jackson said construction will start in spring 2018 and be set on a nine-month schedule with completion expected at the beginning of 2019. Historically, the Palace has between 300 and 360 employees, but between 450 and 500 workers are expected with the new Palace.”

  • Trump administration erects new hurdle for off-reservation casinos

    April 19, 2017

    “… in addition to erecting a new procedural hurdle for tribes, the Trump team has placed a hostile official in charge of off-reservation gaming, a move that threatens the eight years of gains seen during the Obama administration, when off-reservation casinos slowly but surely made a comeback amid renewed focus on the land-into-trust process.”

  • Treasure Island Casino launches social casino

    April 5, 2017

    “Treasure Island…. will be one of the first casinos in Minnesota to launch a digital gaming platform with a range of slot and gaming offerings comparable to its brick-and-mortar establishment. The playTIcasino experience is designed to engage players while enticing them to visit the Treasure Island property in-person.”

  • How the legalization of gambling on sports could impact MN companies

    April 1, 2017

    “If a change in law were made, a sports data company with its U.S. office in Minneapolis would almost undoubtedly be one of the key players involved in the establishment of a (somewhat) new gambling market that already sees hundreds of billions of dollars wagered each year.”

Media contact

John McCarthy, MIGA Executive Director