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The richest Indian tribe in America: Casino profits pay $1MILLION a year to each member

America's richest Indian tribe has 99.2 per cent unemployment -- and it's all voluntary, tribal leaders boast. There's little need for any member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribe to work.

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5/30/2014

article City, tribe sign water purchasing agreement
(Minnesota) -- Prior Lake will draw water from a tribe-owned water treatment facility as part of a water purchasing agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux...

5/29/2014

article Lower Sioux tribal council addresses federal lawsuit
(Minnesota) -- In the 1850s, a treaty signed between the United States and members of the Mdewakanton tribe in Minnesota established what is known as the Lower Sioux...

5/14/2014

article Canterbury Park's new expo facility hopes to draw visitors to Shakopee
(Minnesota) -- For a bunch of folks who are supposed to be in harness together, it might have seemed a bit unneighborly recently when Canterbury Park announced that it...

5/4/2014

article Patrick Plus: Horse track, tribe thrive as partners, not adversaries
(Minnesota) -- The gates to the racetrack facility in Shakopee reopened on May 6, 1994, with the simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks as the main attraction.

4/8/2014

article Scott County's entertainment titans joining forces
(Minnesota) -- Scott County’s four major entertainment attractions have begun working together with the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee in an attempt to boost...

2/12/2014

article Shakopees Donate $870K to Tribes Coping With Propane Shortage
(North Dakota) -- Shortly after the death of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal member Debbie Dogskin, 61, as a result of the midwest's propane shortage amid below-zero...

2/10/2014

press release Shakopee Mdewakanton Provides $870,000 in Propane Grants to 3 Northern Plains Tribes
(Minnesota) -- In the wake of widespread propane shortages and excessive costs this winter, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) today announced three grants...

1/21/2014

article Tribe holding jobs fair Monday
(Minnesota) -- More than 125 full- and part-time jobs are available with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and its gaming enterprise – Mystic Lake Casino...

1/14/2014

article Tribe's largesse making things happen in Scott County
(Minnesota) -- The completion of a biking link between the two long-merged cities of Elko and New Market and the creation of public access to a natural treasure in...

1/7/2014

article City of Shakopee gets $100,000 trail grant from tribe
(Minnesota) -- The city of Shakopee is among five local governments that will receive a combined $366,000 in grants to make trail improvements in Scott County, the...

12/21/2013

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Makes $176,500 in Holiday-Focused Donations
(Minnesota) -- Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, distributed holiday cheer near and far through copy76,500 in...

12/20/2013

article Tribe says it gave $176,000 in holiday donations
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) says it has donated $176,500 to 37 causes for the holiday season.

11/19/2013

article Canterbury Park meet to remain at 69 days in 2014
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park will hold a 69-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet in 2014, the same number of race days as this year, after receiving approval...

11/3/2013

article Tribe's winnings could create Scott County trails
(Minnesota) -- The casino-enriched Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is offering $350,000 toward trail improvements in Scott County. Charitable groups, as well as...

11/2/2013

article Tribe's winnings could create Scott County trails
(Minnesota) -- The casino-enriched Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is offering $350,000 toward trail improvements in Scott County.

8/23/2013

article With alcohol ban lifted, Mystic Lake launches three new bars
(Minnesota) -- For all its flashing lights and ka-chinging slot machines, Mystic Lake was a longtime buzz kill. Literally. The inability to catch a buzz at the Prior...

8/3/2013

article Betting On Canterbury Park Holding
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park Holding Company (CPHC) is a small-cap stock, that conducts pari-mutuel wagering operations and hosts unbanked card games at its racetrack...

7/31/2013

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Awards $650,000 to Support Crow Creek Tribal Farm
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has given the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota a $650,000 grant to go toward the tribe’s farm.

7/17/2013

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Donates To Santee Programs
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will donate $550,000 to the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska for several community improvement and...

7/11/2013

article Lower Brule to Receive $500,000 Shakopee Mdewakanton Grant
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today announced a $500,000 grant to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for economic development and...

7/2/2013

article Shakopee Tribe To Give City Thousands To Pay For Police
(Minnesota) -- According to the Star Tribune, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have inked a deal to pay the City of Shakopee $250,000 to pay for police service.

6/23/2013

article Shakopee, tribe mark another milestone
(Minnesota) -- In yet another sign of a thaw in relationships between formerly bitter foes, Shakopee will get $250,000 from the casino-rich Shakopee tribe in exchange...

6/7/2013

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Gives $10 Million to Tribes
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is donating more than copy0 million to 18 American Indian tribes in eight states. This brings the SMSC...

6/6/2013

article Minn. American Indian tribe donates honeybees to green roof of Mpls. City Hall, Courthouse
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis City Hall is abuzz with honeybees. The green roof of the downtown City Hall and Courthouse building is now home to honeybees, thanks to a...

6/5/2013

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Gives $10 Million to 18 Tribes
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced Tuesday that it would be donating more than $10 million to 18 American Indian tribes across 18 states.

5/31/2013

article Mdewakanton Sioux may invest in Mall of America hotel
(Minnesota) -- Financing for the Mall of America’s new luxury hotel could come from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which operates the Mystic Lake and...
article New MOA hotel could be bankrolled by Shakopee tribe
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community could wind up being one of the biggest players in the Mall of America's next expansion.

3/8/2013

article Running Aces fights shutdown threat, blames Mystic Lake
(Minnesota) -- Officials at Running Aces Harness Park made an emotional plea to the Minnesota Racing Commission to keep the horse track open as it faces a petition by 1,...

2/27/2013

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Award copy Million Grants to Bois Forte, Upper Sioux
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has donated copy million each to two Minnesota tribal nations: the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and Upper Sioux...

2/3/2013

article America's most luxurious reservation: Huge homes of country's richest Native American tribe where members make $1m EACH
(Minnesota) -- Sprawling mansions, exotic cars, yachts and round-the-world trips all without the need to lift a finger - sound too good to be true? Not for the Shakopee...

1/17/2013

article Shakopee Supports Urban Housing Complex With Native Preference
(Minnesota) -- The only urban American Indian-owned and –subsidized housing complex in the United States with Native preference just received a boost from the...

1/15/2013

article Canterbury Park Purses Continue to Increase
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park's first condition book for 2013 shows yet another increase in purses, with about $12 million to be paid out during its Thoroughbred...

1/13/2013

article Shakopee Awards $302,500 in Education and Youth Grants
(Minnesota) -- On January 7, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, Minnesota announced $302,500 in grants to 13 organizations, most of which are...

1/7/2013

article Stanley Crooks, Former SMSC Chairman, Shakopee Patch Person of the Year
(Minnesota) -- As chairman for 20 years, Crooks left a mark on the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, as well as the city of Shakopee.

1/6/2013

article Late Shakopee Chairman Crooks Named Person of the Year
(Minnesota) -- The late Stanley R. Crooks, who served as the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for 20 years, was named the 2012 Person of the Year by...

1/3/2013

article IN MEMORIUM: Stanley R. Crooks: Lifting a people
(Minnesota) -- In 20 years as tribal chairman, Stanley R. Crooks, 70, became perhaps the most powerful and philanthropic force in Indian Country, transforming the...

12/29/2012

article Bomb Threat on Bus Heading From Mall of America to Mystic Lake Casino
(Minnesota) -- A Saturday evening bus trip to Mystic Lake Casino from the Mall of America was delayed after someone called in a bomb threat, saying that there was a bomb...
article Bomb threat stops bus headed to Mystic Lake Casino
(Minnesota) -- A bus headed to Mystic Lake Casino Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29, stopped in Richfield after a bomb threat forced riders to evacuate.
article Bomb threat waylays passengers going to Mystic Lake
(Minnesota) -- A bus en route from the Mall of America to Mystic Lake Casino was stopped and emptied after someone called in a bomb threat to the casino.

12/22/2012

article Large donations for CAP Agency
(Minnesota) -- Mystic Lake Casino Hotel’s 15th annual fundraiser for Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties (the CAP Agency) on Dec. 7...

12/18/2012

article Spirit of Giving: Shakopee Mdewakanton Donate $144,650 this Holiday Season
(Minnesota) -- Stemming from a deeply respected cultural tradition, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has generously contributed $144,650 in charitable...

11/20/2012

article Shakopee Loans $48 Million to Lower Sioux for Debt Consolidation, Casino Redevelopment
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), whose reservation is located just south of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, has a reputation for helping...

11/19/2012

press release Shakopee Mdewakanton Extend $48 Million Loan to Lower Sioux Indian Community
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has approved a $48 million loan for the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton, Minnesota. The loan is divided...

11/17/2012

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Award $995,000 in Grants
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today announced several grants that have been made recently which total nearly $1 million.

11/7/2012

article Alcohol sales start today for Mystic Lake diners; bars in casino imminent
(Minnesota) -- A significant policy shift -- the serving of alcohol -- begins today at Mystic Lake Casino's hotel, with drink service soon to follow for gamblers...
article Mystic Lake Casino Hotel Announces Alcohol Sales
(Minnesota) -- Mystic Lake Casino Hotel announced that it will begin offering beer, wine and liquor sales starting Wednesday. The service will first be offered at the...
article Mystic Lake Casino Hotel to begin alcohol sales
(Minnesota) -- They've been dry since opening Minnesota's most successful casino operation in 1992, but beginning Wednesday Mystic Lake Casino Hotel will begin...
article The bar is open for Mystic Lake diners
(Minnesota) -- Alcohol started flowing for the first time on Wednesday at Mystic Lake Casino's hotel, with drink service soon to follow for gamblers doubling down at...

10/19/2012

article Scott County's once icy relationship with tribe starts to thaw
(Minnesota) -- Recently, the mayor of Prior Lake got the sort of text message that can easily mean trouble. The new chairman of the Shakopee tribe, he was told, needed...

9/15/2012

article Compost has noses out of joint in Shakopee
(Minnesota) -- Neighbors of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's compost heap are complaining about the smell. The compost site, which takes manure as well as...

9/2/2012

article Who Is The New Leader Of The Shakopee Mdewakanton?
(Minnesota) -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune on Saturday published a profile of Charlie Vig, the new chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton community.

9/1/2012

article Powerful tribe has new face
(Minnesota) -- He started working construction right out of high school, specializing in masonry. He loves motorcycles so much that he built his own campground south of...

8/31/2012

article Chairman Stanley Crooks, a Great Leader, Is on His Journey to the Spirit World
(Minnesota) -- How do you describe the loss of a modern day warrior, a chief, and a friend? That’s where I am at today after hearing about the loss of Chairman...

8/29/2012

article Gov. Dayton attends funeral services for Stanley Crooks
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Mark Dayton is attending the funeral of Stanley R. Crooks, chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Wednesday morning in Prior Lake.
article Mdewakanton Sioux leader laid to rest
(Minnesota) -- The beloved leader of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, one the nation's richest and influential American Indian tribes, was laid to rest...
article Reactions to the Passing of Stanley Crooks
(USA) -- In the days since the passing of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Chairman Stanley Crooks many throughout Indian country and the federal government have shared their...
article Throngs remember Stanley Crooks
(Minnesota) -- Diane and Don LaPointe walked through the whirring canyon of slot machines, past the stocked buffet, through a gauntlet of flower bouquets and into Mystic...

8/28/2012

article Mdewakanton Sioux Community Mourns Loss of Tribal Chairman Stanley Crooks
(Minnesota) -- The Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Pryor Lake, Minnesota is mourning the loss of Tribal Chairman Stanley Crooks, 70, who walked on Saturday, August 25.

8/27/2012

article Shakopee Mdewakanton Chairman Stanley R. Crooks Remembered and Missed By Many
(Minnesota) -- Stanley R. Crooks, the beloved chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and revered Indian country leader, died on Saturday, August 25 at the...

8/26/2012

article Stanley Crooks, Chairman of Minnesota Tribe, Dies
(Minnesota) -- Stanley Crooks, the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for the last two decades, died Saturday. He was 70.

8/25/2012

press release Shakopee Mdewakanton Chairman Stanley R. Crooks 1941-2012
(Minnesota) -- It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Stanley R. Crooks, Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community since 1992, who passed away...
article Tribal leader Stanley Crooks dies at 70
(Minnesota) -- Stanley Crooks, leader of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, one of the nation's wealthiest and most influential tribes, died Saturday morning...

8/14/2012

article HILGER: Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake agreement offers new beginning for horse industry
(Minnesota) -- When someone doesn’t tell the full story, you need to call them out. Even when it is your local newspaper. ECM Newspapers missed the boat with its...

8/12/2012

article The richest Indian tribe in America: Casino profits pay $1MILLION a year to each member
(Minnesota) -- America's richest Indian tribe has 99.2 per cent unemployment -- and it's all voluntary, tribal leaders boast. There's little need for any...

8/9/2012

article Shakopee Mdewakanton – Nation's Richest Tribe
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is the nation's richest tribe, according to a story in The New York Times today.

8/8/2012

article $1 Million Each Year for All, as Long as Tribe’s Luck Holds
(Minnesota) -- A generation ago, the Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe lived in a motley collection of beat-up trailer homes, melting snow for bath water when wells froze over...

8/1/2012

article OP/ED: Canterbury agreement deserved stronger vetting
(Minnesota) -- A 10-year agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community reached in early June is neatly billed as a “cooperative...

6/26/2012

article Sioux gain major role at Canterbury in pact
(Minnesota) -- The new agreement between the Mdewakanton Sioux and Canterbury Park goes beyond having the tribe increase race purses in exchange for the track dropping...
article The Sioux-Canterbury contract at a glance
(Minnesota) -- The agreement between Canterbury Park and the Mdewakanton Sioux, the owners of Mystic Lake Casino, has the tribe funnel $75 million to racing purses in...

6/23/2012

article Canterbury-tribe deal is no help for Mower County's last quarter horse breeder
(Minnesota) -- Two years ago, it might have helped him hang on, but it’s too little and too late now. Canterbury Park’s agreement with the Shakopee...

6/16/2012

article MRC Approves Track/Native Casino Deal
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Racing Commission, which regulates horse racing and card clubs at race tracks in the state, approved the Cooperative Marketing Agreement...

6/15/2012

article Canterbury adds new $150,000 stakes
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park's purses have increased by approximately 35 percent following Wednesday's approval by the Minnesota Racing Commission of a...
article Canterbury Hikes Purses, Adds Turf Derby
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park raised purses 35% and added a $150,000 stakes after the Minnesota Racing Commission approved a purse and marketing pact between the...

6/14/2012

article Minnesota racing commission OKs no-racino deal
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Racing Commission has approved a business deal between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Canterbury Park.
article Our View: Putting an end to racino
(Minnesota) -- Last week the Mdewakanton Sioux tribe, which owns Mystic Lake casino, and the Canterbury Park horse-racing track announced the tribe would contribute $75...

6/13/2012

article Canterbury-Mystic Lake Deal Approved; Not Everyone Happy
(Minnesota) -- The historic deal between Minnesota’s largest Indian casino and the largest horse racing track is taking a lot of heat. But on Wednesday, the...
article Racing board backs Canterbury Park-Mystic Lake Casino alliance
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Racing Commission gave its blessing Wednesday to an alliance between former rivals: struggling Canterbury Park racetrack and nearby Mystic...
article State racing board approves Canterbury/tribal agreement on 'racino'
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Racing Commission on Wednesday, June 13, approved a deal between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for the track...
article Running Aces feels like ‘redheaded stepchild’ in Canterbury-Mystic Lake deal
(Minnesota) -- Running Aces Harness Park asked the Minnesota Racing Commission to delay its vote on a Canterbury Park deal with the Mdewakanton Sioux until they can give...

6/12/2012

article Editorial: A promising deal for Canterbury, tribe
(Minnesota) -- Today -- fittingly in Shakopee, named for a Dakota chief -- the Minnesota Racing Commission will consider whether to approve a chance for a positive turn...

6/9/2012

article SMSC and Canterbury Park Reach Unprecedented Joint Marketing Agreement
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has agreed to pay the Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) $8.5 million over the lifetime of a 10-...

6/8/2012

article Canterbury Park, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux cut deal that upends gambling debate
(Minnesota) -- The catalyst for a landmark gambling deal cut between horseracing track Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe was a minor bill that...
article Courrier column: State failed to put bet on racino
(Minnesota) -- Like betting on the wrong horse that turns out to be a winner, Canterbury Park has finally caught a break. The Shakopee horse palace has teamed up with...

6/6/2012

article Canterbury deals Aces a blow with tribal deal
(Minnesota) -- Two days before Running Aces opened its fifth season of live harness racing, word broke of an agreement between Canterbury Park and the Mdewakanton Sioux...

6/5/2012

article Canterbury Drops Racino Push After $75M Deal with Tribe
(Minnesota) -- The operator of Canterbury Park has agreed to drop its push for a combination racetrack and casino after striking a deal through which the owners of...
article Minnesota Racing Commission to take up Canterbury-casino deal
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Racing Commission will hold a special meeting next week in Shakopee to consider a proposed agreement that would send tens of millions of...
article Racino debate is a scratch, following landmark Canterbury Park-Sioux agreement
(Minnesota) -- It appears that the legions of lobbyists on both sides of the racino debate can take a brief rest for the first time in nearly a decade.

6/4/2012

article A $75 million deal: Canterbury, Shakopee Mdewakanton shake hands
(Minnesota) -- Purses will more than double by the end of a 10-year gaming deal announced this afternoon between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux...
article Canterbury and Mdewakanton Sioux strike $75M deal
(Minnesota) -- They once stood on completely opposite sides of the fence, but on Monday the owners and Canterbuy downs and the the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (...
article Canterbury inks 10-year marketing agreement with Sioux Community
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park Holding Corporation and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced Monday a 10-year cooperative marketing agreement.
article Canterbury Park and Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribe Ink 10-Year Marketing Agreement
(Minnesota) -- In what officials are calling a strong win-win for both Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the two organizations announced an...
article Canterbury Park and tribe cut deal on gambling
(Minnesota) -- The state's premier horseracing track is joining forces with one of the state's wealthiest tribes in a deal that will enrich purses at ailing...
article Canterbury Park, Mdewakanton Sioux tribe reach agreement to drop racino pursuit
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced a 10-year marketing partnership that will call for the...
press release Canterbury Park, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Sign Ten-Year Cooperative Marketing Agreement
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park Holding Corporation and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today a ten-year cooperative marketing agreement.
article Canterbury, Indian tribe in no-racino agreement
(Minnesota) -- Officials with the Canterbury Park horse track and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have reached a major deal for the track to drop its long...
article Canterbury, Indian tribe in no-racino agreement
(Minnesota) -- The Canterbury Park horse race track has agreed to drop its long pursuit of slot machines in exchange for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community paying...
article Deal Would Give Canterbury $75M for Purses
(Minnesota) -- Canterbury Park Holding Corp. and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community struck a 10-year “cooperative marketing agreement” by which the...
article End of the push for racinos? Tribe makes multimillion-dollar deal with Canterbury
(Minnesota) -- A multimillion-dollar deal struck by the Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community with a local horseracing track could kill the push for racino legislation.
article MPR: Canterbury Park, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community nose out competitors
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota horse racing track is getting a major financial boost from a former competitor. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community says it will spend $...
article Source: Canterbury, Shakopee Mdewakanton cut deal that kills push for racino legislation
(Minnesota) -- The Canterbury Park horse-racing track and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have reached a historic agreement that calls for the tribe to...

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