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1 Illegal native casino eyed on Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:44 am

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Two Dakota First Nations are prepared to flout provincial gaming laws by building a native casino at a golf resort west of Brandon.

Owners of the Four Seasons Island Resort at Oak Lake signed a letter of intent last month to make land available to the newly formed Buffalo Nation Dakota Group for a casino development.

"We've asked the Dakota Nation to consider within their rights... to develop this gaming facility, this casino on our resort, and they've accepted," resort co-owner Lawrence Wilkinson said this week.

The Oak Lake resort sits on 260 hectres and has an 18-hole championship golf course. It is located about 40 kilometres west of Brandon, on Highway 254.

The two groups have been discussing the proposal for months and the formal invitation, in the letter of intent, was signed March 23.

The Buffalo Nation Dakota Business Group, led by Dakota chiefs Orville Smoke from Dakota Plains and Frank Brown from Canupawakpa, plans to make a formal announcement to celebrate the development later this week.

But the Manitoba government and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs officials indicated this week the Dakota casino proposal is a complete surprise. While the AMC declined comment Tuesday, the province warned it's illegal to open a casino without a Manitoba gaming licence.

The proposed Dakota casino would compete with a $40-million First Nations casino being built east of Brandon near Carberry. That casino is the only one in western Manitoba with provincial and AMC approval.

A provincial spokeswoman said there's room for only one casino in western Manitoba.

Brown said the Dakota group has a couple of advantages over the project in Carberry. As a location, the resort is closer to Brandon and Dakota has a legal edge over other First Nations within the AMC gaming umbrella in Manitoba.

"As non-treaty people, we don't fall under the gaming process the province has with the treaty nations. We have our own rights," Brown contends.

Dakota sovereignty rights are the subject of a lawsuit before the Federal Court of Canada in Saskatoon, where the Dakota are suing for recognition for treaty rights.

"We have absolutely no alternative but to fend for ourselves," Smoke said. "I don't think anybody in their right mind will stand in the way of any First Nation that is trying to fend for themselves."

Plans for the Oak Lake resort also include a proposal for a museum and a prefab housing plant.

By summer, the development plans call for a temporary casino building to be up and running, with some slot machines and card tables.

A permanent casino would follow, once architectural plans are settled and investors lined up, the Dakota business group said.
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2 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:48 am

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So, let's see if I got this right: WITH treaty rights some indians can flout the laws everyone else has to follow. And WITHOUT treaty rights some indians can flout the laws everyone else has to follow.

Dude goes on to say "I don't think anybody in their right mind will stand in the way of any First Nation that is trying to fend for themselves."

Probably not. Why does every indian band resort to casinos?

What has Smoke been smoking?


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3 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:21 am

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Buffalo Point has been charging their own BPT for years. (Buffalo Point Tax).

That's why they're so rich.

The government has been arguing with them for years over it with no resolution I understand.

4 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:41 am

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We are ALL treaty people!

5 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:23 am

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Hate to be the moron that lends them the money to build their illegal casino. Or the moron that "gives" them land to do it.

once the land is declared Reserve status they lose all legal action, regardless of what agreement is signed.

and if it aint on reserve land... they dont have a hope in hell of actually opening it.


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6 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:24 pm

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grumpy old man wrote:So, let's see if I got this right: WITH treaty rights some indians can flout the laws everyone else has to follow. And WITHOUT treaty rights some indians can flout the laws everyone else has to follow.

Dude goes on to say "I don't think anybody in their right mind will stand in the way of any First Nation that is trying to fend for themselves

Probably not. Why does every indian band resort to casinos?

What has Smoke been smoking?
Probaly cause no white mans bussiness can be located on the researve land. UMMMMMM just a thought . Grumpy read the act you might understand it . It is fairly simple. No insult meant just read and get to know what it encompasses .

7 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:26 am

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Sorry, but your argument IN THIS CASE is moot.

The question was "Why does every indian band resort to casinos?", to which I'm instructed to read the act.

Does the act state that every indian band must resort to casinos in order to fend for themselves?


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8 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:28 am

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Or...

Does the act state that an indian, with treaty rights or without treaty rights, can flout the law?


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9 Re: Illegal native casino eyed on Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:19 am

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A gaming casino will do good, in that it will bring jobs to an area that cannot manage on their $35.00 cartons of cigarettes profit, that the white mans cops, RCMP, chase down!


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