Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Impressive: Sask plays hardball with indian gaming authority


Saskatchewan's gaming minister released details of an imposed settlement Monday to resolve stalled negotiations between the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and Prairieland Park.

The settlement will see SIGA pay Prairieland Park $2.6 million annually for 30 years in exchange for closing its casino and also offer an assurance of employment for Praireland's casino staff.

The parties must comply with the decision before final approval is granted for the new Dakota Dunes casino to be built on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation on Highway 219 south of Saskatoon, said Eric Cline, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), during a media conference.

The announcement brings the project, stalled by the negotiations and changes to the size of the proposed casino, closer to fruition.

"The conditions require that all qualified Emerald Casino employees interested in working at the Dakota Dunes casino receive an offer of employment from SIGA," Cline said. "Fair treatment and compensation for Prairieland Park's employees has always been a priority and these conditions ensure that the employees will be treated fairly."

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