Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wins approval of gaming compact

The Royal River Casino in Flandreau, South Dakota. Photo from Waymarking

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has won federal approval of a new Class III gaming compact.

The agreement authorizes up to 1,000 slot machines at the Royal River Casino. That's double the number in the prior compact.

In exchange for adding more slot machines, the tribe must make a financial contribution to Moody County, where the casino is located. The agreement requires a payment of $75,000 a year when 500 devices are in operation, $150,000 for 700 devices, $250,000 for 850 devices and $350,000 for 1,000 devices.

"The compact increases the authorized number of gaming machines to 1,000, and establishes tribal contributions to local governments based on the number of gaming machines in operation," a notice being published in the Federal Register on Wednesday reads.

The notice was signed by Larry Roberts, the leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Forthcoming Federal Register Notice:
Indian Gaming; Approval of a Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact in the State of South Dakota (To Be Published September 21, 2016)

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