Resolution No. 6223
A Resolution Supporting the Prairie Island Indian Community's Position
on Expansion of Gambling in Minnesota
WHEREAS, the Prairie Island Indian Community is opposed to the expansion of gambling in Minnesota, and
WHEREAS, the Prairie Island Indian Community opposes any attempts by Minnesota lawmakers to unfairly single out tribal government revenues as a source of potential funds to address the state's budget problems, and
WHEREAS, the Minnesota State Senate has introduced Senate Files 174 and 308 to expand distribution of electronic linked bingo, electronic pull tabs and video lottery terminals, and
WHEREAS, the statewide impact of tribal gaming can be measured at $2.75 billion, including over 40,000 direct and indirect jobs, purchased goods and services, health care spending and capital investment, and
WHEREAS, Treasure Island Casino is the top major employer in Red Wing, with 1,500 locally employed, and
WHEREAS, the expansion of gambling in Minnesota would hurt rural communities where tribal casinos are located by taking away jobs and diminishing economic activity.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Red Wing supports the Prairie Island Indian Community's opposition of the expansion of gambling in Minnesota.
Adopted this 28th day of March, 2011.