Under Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, that would mean the land could be used for a casino. The tribe, however, plans to use the site for housing and other types of development. “Adding the Elk Run property to our reservation land base has deep meaning to our people,” Buck said in a press release from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, a state body of which she serves as vice chair. “Most importantly, it provides us with a safe alternative homeland, something that is crucial to righting the historical and current wrongs committed against Prairie Island.” The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. A hearing has not been scheduled.
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Bill would add Prairie Island land into federal trust (The Rcohester Post-Bulletin October 23, 2019)
Bill aims to add 1200 acres of land to Prairie Island Indian Community (Fox 9 October 23, 2019)
'A huge step forward': Minnesota commissioners take historic tribal relations training (The Duluth News Tribune October 7, 2019)
Minnesota lawmakers get cultural, historical lesson at Prairie Island Indian Community (Forum News Service October 5, 2019)
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