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Oglala Sioux Tribe wins approval for new Class III gaming compact




A view of the gaming floor at the Prairie Wind Casino, owned and operated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Photo from Prairie Wind Casino

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a new Class III gaming compact, the first since voter approved an expansion of gaming in the state.

The tribe is now able to offer craps, keno and roulette at its gaming facilities, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Friday. The amendment was approved by Larry Roberts, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, on April 13.

The compact follows passage of Constitutional Amendment Q in November 2014. The initiative authorized non-Indian gaming facilities in Deadwood to offer craps, keno and roulette.

Pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes can offer the same types of games that are legal in a state. The Oglalas are the first with an approved compact that includes the new games.

Support for Amendment Q was strong in Indian Country. It passed on the Pine Ridge Reservation with 69 percent of the vote and on the neighboring Rosebud Sioux Reservation with 63 percent.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has been negotiating an update to its agreement but it hasn't been finalized. The existing compact has been extended until to August 4, according to a notice that was published in the Federal Register last month.

Historically, tribes have faced a tough time in talks with the state. It took the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe years to amend its compact to allow 750 slot machines, up from 250 in a prior agreement.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe went to the 750 limit in a compact that was approved by the BIA in February 2015.

Federal Register Notices:
Indian Gaming; Approval of Amendment to Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact in the State of South Dakota (April 22, 2016)
Indian Gaming; Extension of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact (Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota) (March 10, 2016)
Indian Gaming; Extension of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact (Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the State of South Dakota) (February 12, 2016)
Indian Gaming [Rosebud Sioux Tribe] (October 5, 2015)
Indian Gaming [Crow Creek Sioux Tribe] (August 18, 2015)
Indian Gaming [Yankton Sioux Tribe] (June 4, 2015)
Indian Gaming [Rosebud Sioux Tribe] (April 23, 2015)

Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux district eyes 'micro-gaming' (04/01)
Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues work on Class III gaming compact (03/10)
South Dakota tribes benefit from expansion of Class III games (06/25)