OACOMA, S.D. - The Lower Brule Sioux tribe is pursuing a $34 million casino project along Interstate 90 just west of the southeastern South Dakota town of Oacoma.
Rapid City developer Richard Rangel told a crowd at the Oacoma Community Center on Tuesday night that the project is envisioned in two phases - a casino and travel plaza, followed by an events center, hotel and water park. He says the tribe has secured a loan for the first phase.
The tribe needs state and federal approval.
If the project moves forward, the tribe will move all of its gambling operations to the new casino. The tribe owns and operates the Golden Buffalo Casino on its reservation. The new casino would be on land it controls off the reservation.
The Lower Brule Land Owners, Tribal Members and Shareholders Association held a protest against the casino at the Oacoma Community Center.
Officials with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe have not held a referendum vote on this proposed casino and there is question as to current and past missing tribal funding from past business deals made with American Tax Payer Appropriations designated for the tribe without the consent of the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Washington, DC Office and the tribal membership.
They protested the Casino deal on the grounds that it isn't in accordance with the laws as specified by the Indian gaming Regulatory Act and the LBST Constitution. They protested the illegal actions by the Tribal Chairman and Council to pursue the casino without giving its tribal membership, the City and township of Oacoma full disclosure of the legal issues surrounding misuse of tribal funds by the current tribal admin as defined by the New York Supreme Court. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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