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South Dakota tribal casinos sign gaming compact extensions

Tribes sign extensions in South Dakota.
Tribes chide the state for the Dakota Access Pipeline and the number of slots in state's casinos.

Despite their constant confrontation with the state, The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have signed extensions to their gaming compacts.

US.- The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have signed in South Dakota short term extensions to their Class III gaming compacts. The tribes have agreed with the state despite having serious clashes about the number of slots that are permitted in non-tribal casinos and their opposition to South Dakota’s oil pipeline projects.

Crow Creek’s Lode Star Casino and Hotel received a compact extension until June 28 as Rosebud’s Rosebud Casino has prolonged its own to June 31. Both operators have been protesting about the state’s non-aboriginal casinos being collectively permitted to offer up to 3,200 slots while tribal venues are limited to 250.

Even though the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe threatened to cease contact with the state in order to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, this is the tribe’s fifth extension in the last three years. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, on the other hand, has been doing so since 2012.

“South Dakota, now, has knowingly entered into that and condones the pepper spray, the shooting down of a drone, the felony charges of our young men and women, the actions of using batons and using military tactics on our people, which, who by the way, are not armed,” Tribal Council Chairman for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Brandon Sazue, told South Dakota Public Broadcasting in October. “We can’t be a part of that.”

Bolstered by the unity it found while opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, Thanks to the support received in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has explained that it is likely to provide space to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project.

“We want to bring our voice out, you know, for everybody to hear us,” Alex Romero-Frederick from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe told KVRR-TV. “We thought a national platform would bring more attention to what’s going on.”

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