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Tribe Says Move to Pine Island is a Must

The Prairie Island Indian Community has lived on their land in Welch, Minn., for generations; but they’re a growing community. The tribe owns Treasure Island Resort and Casino, which has been hugely successful, but there are issues the tribe’s dealt with for decades, and with no more space to grow, they say the solution is in Pine Island.

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10/29/2019

article Bipartisan bill proposed to replace Prairie Island Indian Community land
(Minnesota) -- For more than 80 years, Prairie Island Indian Community has been a federally recognized reservation. Tribal Council President Shelley Buck told 5...

10/28/2019

article Tribe's move to Pine Island is one step closer
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community, which owns Treasure Island Resort and Casino, is moving forward with its plans to move. Last week three...

10/25/2019

article Bill to add land to Prairie Island introduced in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- In 1938, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Lock No. 3 on the Mississippi River. The lock is one of the structures built along the river to...

10/23/2019

article Bill aims to add 1200 acres of land to Prairie Island Indian Community
(Minnesota) -- A new bill in Congress, introduced by Minnesota Representatives Angie Craig and Jim Hagerdorn and co-sponsered by Representative Betty McCollum, aims to...

10/22/2019

article Bill to add Prairie Island land into federal trust introduced in Congress
(Minnesota) -- In 1938 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Lock & Dam No. 3 on the Mississippi River. The structure maintains a channel at least nine feet deep so...

10/10/2019

press release Minnesota Indian Affairs Council Voices Support for Prairie Island’s Effort to Make Elk Run Tribal Land
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, which is comprised of representation from Minnesota’s federally recognized tribal nations, passed a resolution...

10/5/2019

article Minnesota lawmakers get cultural, historical lesson at Prairie Island Indian Community
(Minnesota) -- Lawmakers from the Minnesota House spent three days this week in “mini-sessions” in southeastern Minnesota. The representatives toured...

9/23/2019

article Building project addresses Prairie Island tribal housing shortage
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community has begun work on a housing project near the corner of Highway 61 and Highway 316 that should provide 41 home sites...

8/9/2019

article Prairie Island Tribal Council looks for answers about the still-vacant Goodhue County Board seat
(Minnesota) -- The debate over filling the Goodhue County Board District 1 seat followed the board from Red Wing to its annual meeting at the Goodhue County Fair. Though...

7/30/2019

article Prairie Island Indian Community’s plans for Elk Run land address concerns, offer opportunities
(Minnesota) -- Leaders from Rochester and the Prairie Island Indian Community met face-to-face Monday to discuss Prairie Island's plan to convert 1,200 acres of Elk...

7/29/2019

article Prairie Island Indian Community seeks to expand reservation land
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community — commonly referred to as the Minnesota Sioux or Dakota — is asking Congress to add 1,200 acres of land to...

7/20/2019

article Prairie Island president: Housing is main goal at Elk Run
(Minnesota) -- Shelley Buck said the Prairie Island Indian Community hopes to help fuel Southeast Minnesota’s continued growth.“We want to be good neighbors...
article Prairie Island president: Housing is main goal at Elk Run
(Minnesota) -- Shelley Buck said the Prairie Island Indian Community hopes to help fuel Southeast Minnesota’s continued growth. “We want to be good neighbors...

7/12/2019

article Tribe responds to concerns over its plans for the Elk Run site
(Minnesota) -- The leader of Prairie Island Indian Community said this week that their goal is to work in partnership — not compete — with the City of...

7/9/2019

article Tribe Says Move to Pine Island is a Must
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community has lived on their land in Welch, Minn., for generations; but they’re a growing community. The tribe owns...
article Council tackles Prairie Island request, circulator study and Trinity alley
(Minnesota) -- The Rochester City Council on Monday postponed a decision on a request to support the Prairie Island Indian Community Land Trust, which Includes Elk Run...

5/31/2019

article Prairie Island tribal police authority ensured
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill on Wednesday, May 22, that allows the Prairie Island Indian Community to maintain a police department without the approval of...

4/3/2019

article The Prairie Island tribe wants to get to net-zero emissions. Its biggest roadblock may be House DFLers
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community wants to drastically change their energy use in order to reach net-zero carbon emissions in their power grid. And they...

3/25/2019

article In-House Counsel: Jessie Stomski Seim
(Minnesota) -- Law is a common enough second career, but few lawyers have Jessie Seim’s professional background. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation member and University...

3/21/2019

article From sandbagging to bagging food: Prairie Island Indian Community to assist Santee Sioux Nation in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- After three days of sandbagging efforts this week in preparation for flooding at home, Prairie Island Indian Community announced Thursday it will host a...

3/19/2019

article WATCH: Flood preparations begin on Prairie Island
(Minnesota) -- Flood preparations were underway this week on Prairie Island where officials are closely monitoring rising river levels. Dozens of volunteers were filling...
article Prairie Island Indian Community: Adapting to the rising water
(Minnesota) -- The theme of the week in flooding preparation continues to be: Ice jams. They're unpredictable, they're tough to address and they can have...

3/13/2019

article Minnesota Senate panel greenlights Prairie Island push to ensure tribal police authority
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota Senate panel on Wednesday, March 13, advanced a proposal to let the Prairie Island Indian Community maintain a police department without...

1/7/2019

article Tribe buys land once marketed as billion-dollar bioscience park for $15M
(Minnesota) -- A parcel of southeastern Minnesota land once touted as the home of a $1 billion biotech industry park has been sold to the Prairie Island Indian Community...

1/6/2019

article Prairie Island buys land near Pine Island
(Minnesota) -- A planned biosciences park in southeastern Minnesota that struggled for 12 years to draw investment effectively collapsed last month when two-thirds of...

1/2/2019

article Elk Run land purchased by Indian community
(Minnesota) -- A large plot of vacant land – formerly known as Elk Run is getting new life. The Prairie Island Indian Community purchased some of the property on...

12/31/2018

article Heard on the Street: Indian community buys former Elk Run land for $15.5 million
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community on Friday paid $15.5 million for an estimated 65 percent of the former Elk Run development land by Pine Island. PIIC...

11/22/2018

article Art Owen, Dakota spiritual leader and Army vet, dies at 68
(Minnesota) -- When Art Owen died of a heart attack on Oct. 27, he left a role as spiritual leader in the Prairie Island Indian Community that will be difficult to fill...

10/20/2018

article Red Wing residents, tribal members find common ground on He Mni Can
(Minnesota) -- The sign behind Art Owen said Barn Bluff, but the spiritual leader from the Prairie Island Indian Community told more than 75 people gathered around him...

8/9/2018

article OP/ED: Tribe diversifies with Welch assisted living home
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community recently celebrated the opening of Tinta Wta Tipi, a 20-unit assisted living facility in Welch, which gathers together...

12/8/2017

article Prairie Island Indian Community celebrates $86 million expansion at casino
(Minnesota) -- In Welch, Minnesota, the Prairie Island Indian Community’s $68 million casino expansion project was commemorated on Tuesday, Dec. 5 with a ribbon...

10/30/2017

article Prairie Island community gives public safety grants
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community's tribal council has awarded $31,000 in public safety grants to its neighboring communities. The grants included $...

10/21/2017

article Minnesota Tribe Seeks New Land Be Taken Into Trust, Residents Don’t Want a Casino
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota tribe has asked the US government to place 112 acres of land it bought in 2015 into a federal trust, which would allow the property to become...

10/19/2017

article Answer Man: Tribe has room to grow in Washington County
(Minnesota) -- Dear Answer Man, while waiting for my wife to play just about every slot machine at Treasure Island the other night, I heard that the Prairie Island tribe...
article Eastern Minnesota township concerned tribe will use land for casino; Prairie Island leaders say housing is main priority
(Minnesota) -- A Native American tribe has asked that a large swath of land in eastern Minnesota be placed into a federal trust, saying the land will likely be used for...

10/18/2017

article Minnesota Residents Concerned Tribe Will Use Land for Casino
(Minnesota) -- A Native American tribe has asked for a large swath of land in eastern Minnesota to be placed into a federal trust. Prairie Island Indian Community...
article Minnesota residents concerned tribe will use land for casino
(Minnesota) -- A Native American tribe has asked that a large swath of land in eastern Minnesota be placed into a federal trust, saying the land will likely be used for...
article Prairie Island tribe wants housing near Lake Elmo, but neighbors fear casino
(Minnesota) -- The Prairie Island Indian Community is moving to add 112 acres of land it owns in West Lakeland Township into a federal land trust — a step in...

10/17/2017

article Will land near Woodbury spawn a casino? Residents worried, but Indians say not now
(Minnesota) -- An American Indian tribe has taken the first step to reclassify 112 acres in West Lakeland Township as part of its “sovereign nation,” opening the door to...

10/23/2016

article Crowds turn out for public meeting about land purchase by tribe
(Minnesota) -- There’s significant public interest in a recent land purchase made in West Lakeland Township by the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe.

10/17/2016

article Casino or no casino? Question haunts West Lakeland meeting
(Minnesota) -- Public interest in an Indian tribe’s plans for 112 acres in West Lakeland Township is spiking. About 500 people crammed into the Oak-Land Junior...
article Prairie Island leaders say anti-casino literature ‘racist’
(Minnesota) -- The Pioneer Press reports today that people in the Lake Elmo – Lakeland Township area are upset that the Prairie Island tribal community will build...

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