BIA backs extension of Rosebud Sioux Tribe gaming compact

The exterior of the Rosebud Casino in South Dakota. Photo from Facebook

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved an extension of the Class III gaming compact between the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota.

The tribe and the state agreed to the extension on August 6. The deal now runs through February 6, 2016, giving the parties more time to negotiate potential changes to the compact.

The 2001 compact limits the tribe to just 250 slot machines at the Rosebud Casino. Meanwhile, non-Indian facilities in Deadwood have exploded from 863 slot machines 1990 to more than 8,200 in 2005.

Tribes are slowly breaking the limit. In 2011, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe negotiated a compact for 500 machines.

Last year, the Oglala Sioux Tribe negotiated a new compact for 750 machines. It was approved by the BIA in February.

Additionally, tribes are able to offer keno, craps and roulette at their facilities after voters approved Constitutional Amendment Q last year. The initiative applied to Deadwood but the Class III gaming compacts allow tribes to offer the same types of games that are legal in the state.

Federal Register Notices:
Indian Gaming [Rosebud Sioux Tribe] (October 5, 2015)
Indian Gaming [Oglala Sioux Tribe] (February 3, 2015)

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