North Dakota Tribe Seeks Casino - Wednesday 25th of January 2006

NORTH DAKOTA – As reported by the Grand Forks Herald: "A coercive treaty took land in Grand Forks away from the Chippewas, and it would be fair if the descendents of those that took the land helped the descendents of their victims - by letting them build a casino, chief Ken Davis said this week.

"The chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is seeking the city's blessings for a casino south of town. He spoke Wednesday at a Grand Forks Lions Club luncheon.

"...A casino, Davis told the Lions, would give his impoverished tribe a shot at self-sufficiency. The tribe's members are the most numerous in North Dakota and yet reside on the smallest reservation in one of the most remote parts of the state.

"That means its Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino near Belcourt, N.D., could never get as much traffic as tribes with casinos near major highways, though his tribe needs the money just as badly…"

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