Saskatchewan gets seventh tribal casino

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The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will get a new tribal casino in the city of Lloydminster after the provincial government signed off on the plan.

On Tuesday, Saskatchewan granted conditional approval for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) to operate a casino in Lloydminster, a northern city that straddles the border with Alberta (and is not too far from the birthplace of a certain gaming industry pioneer with whom this site shares its name).

There’s no firm date for when shovels might hit the ground, as FSIN must first get municipal approval from the city, develop a community consultation plan and such. But FSIN chief Bobby Cameron said the plan was to get construction underway “as soon as possible.”

Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority minister Don McMorris told reporters that the proposed venue would not be a “large, large casino,” with a gaming component of “roughly four or five gaming tables and 250 [slot] machines.”

FSIN’s gaming arm, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), already operates six casinos in the province that employ over 1,800 people, 65% of whom are First Nations. Half the profits generated by SIGA casinos fund development projects led by the First Nations Trust, while one-quarter goes to fund initiatives in casino-hosting communities and the other quarter goes to the province.

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