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Minnesota Tribal Gaming

Only tribal casinos are legal in Minnesota, and all function according to tribal-state compacts. Blackjack, poker and slots are the only legal Class III games. Tribes do not need a compact to offer Class II games.

Minnesota was one of the first states to negotiate gaming compacts under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Many states and tribes placed a time limit on the compacts, but Minnesota tribes acquired no-limit compacts. Attempts to force the state's gaming tribes to contribute to the tax coffers are ongoing. In Minnesota, compacts were signed about 15 years ago and didn't include revenue sharing with the state.

In August 2004, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe offered to enter into discussions with government leaders about profit sharing. However, negotiations broke down after Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for the tribes to pay $350 million a year and threatened that Las Vegas operators might be invited to participate in Minnesota's gaming industry.

Though a measure failed in early 2012 to allow slot machines at racetracks, in May 2012, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill that would allow simulcast betting at Indian casinos. The bill also includes more poker tables and increased betting limits at the racetracks.

Minnesota Tribal Gaming Properties

American Legion Post 31
Bear's Sports Bar
Berry's Bar
Black Bear Casino Resort
Bone's 113
Callaway Liquors
Cedar Crest Resort
Cedar Lakes Casino Hotel
Elbow Lake Store
Fond-du-Luth Casino
Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Golden Eagle Bingo
Grand Casino Hinckley
Grand Casino Mille Lacs
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
Hilltop Supper Club
Ice Cracking Lodge
Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
Lean To Tavern
Little Six Casino
M & W Foods
M & W Service Center
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Northern Lights Casino Hotel
Ogema Municipal Liquor Store
Pappy's Cafe and Pizzeria
Pinehurst Resort
Prairie's Edge Casino Resort
Prairie's Edge Convenience Store
Ruffed Grouse Roadhouse
Seven Clans Casino Red Lake
Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls
Seven Clans Casino Warroad
Shingobee on the Bay
Shooting Star Casino - Bagley
Shooting Star Casino - Mahnomen
Strawberry Lake Store
Stump's Bar & Grill
Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Village Store
White Oak Casino
Wild Rice Lounge
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