Three First Nations to partner on new Manitoba casino

Three First Nations to partner on new Manitoba casino

Article brief provided by Brandon Sun
  • Miranda Leybourne, Brandon Sun
February 11, 2024 9:02 AM

Three Westman First Nations are taking economic reconciliation into their own hands by signing a memorandum of understanding to open a casino on land owned by Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.

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On Friday, Sioux Valley Chief Vince Tacan and his council met with Chief Raymond Brown of Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation, while Chief Don Smoke of Dakota Plains First Nation joined the meeting via video call.

The proposed site would be…about 38 kilometres west of Brandon.

Having a casino that is owned by all three First Nations — with Sioux Valley owning 34 per cent and the other First Nations 33 per cent each — will greatly enhance their ability to provide employment for their young people and will bring about other benefits such as revenue streams and spin-off businesses like a convention centre and hotel, Tacan said.