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Opponents hope to stop expansion of gaming in South Dakota




The Prairie Wind Casino, owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Photo from Prairie Wind Casino

Opponents are hoping to stop lawmakers in South Dakota from enacting an expansion of Class III games.

In November, voters approved Constitutional Amendment Q by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent. In Indian Country, support was much higher -- 69 percent on the Pine Ridge Reservation and 63 percent on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

The amendment allows allow keno, craps and roulette at non-Indian casinos in Deadwood. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes would be able to offer the same games.

Religious groups however, are trying to convince lawmakers not to follow through with the voter's wishes. But supporters in Deadwood are hoping they will be able to offer the games as early as July 1.

"We need to continue to change and evolve as gaming has changed and evolved across the country in order to be competitive," Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman told KELO. "And these games are that next step in keeping us competitive with other jurisdictions."

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