First Nations casino
October 18, 2011 by staff
A CBC News investigation has found that many indigenous communities have received a lump sum and 13 128 in December 2010.
“I consider it a joke, a slap in the face,” Chief John Thunder of the Nation First Buffalo Point.
Your community does not keep the money. Instead, Thunder sent him to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, where the casino funds reserved for data sharing among the first nations are kept in confidence.
“You definitely will not see any poverty in the country of India is being solved,” said Thunder.
CBC News has learned the South Beach Casino and Resort Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in the spent thousands of dollars to send its entire Board of Directors and staff members – a total of 14 people – at a convention in Las Vegas casino in early this month.
“It’s always a learning adventure for us when we come here, because there are always new inventions coming up, new technology …” said Chairman Barker South Beach Furlon CBC News at the show in Las Vegas.
Barker says he and the whole counsel of South Beach have attended the show several times.
However, Thunder and other heads questioned the need to send so many people.
“I have a problem with two or three delegates of the course and do the job. But you need a contingency total of 14 people to do that,” said Thunder.
In an interview on South Beach Casino, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief Debbie Chief defends how revenues are shared.
“What did they before that? Zero,” the president said.
The provincial government launched a call for proposal in 2000 to establish a maximum of five First Nations casinos.
In 2002, a group of six nations, opened Aseneskak Casino near El Paso, man. Who lost money in its early days, but has since produced a total net profit of slightly less than + 10 million.
A group of seven First Nations casino opened in South Beach Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in 2005. There has been a total net profit of 39 million.
Agreements between the casinos and the province initially expected that 27.5 percent of net revenues should be shared equally among all the nations of Manitoba 63 First.
Since then, the sharing formula has been changed to give those outside the ownership group a smaller part.
“I can not really say they have benefited everyone,” said Yale Belanger, associate professor of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge and an expert in First Nations casinos in Canada.
“A single payment of 13,000 and is negligible at many levels and hope that casinos could become could be lost, only on the basis of the minimum yields have experienced,” Belanger said in an interview with CBC News.
Meanwhile, the top seven nations that own South Beach have been significantly higher dividends, with a total 2.4 million each.
“Remember, going back in history, the amount of work went into planning this casino. It came from nowhere ‘like that’” the president said, justifying most of their income community .
“It took me years and years of planning. Was not given just for us. We had to work for it,” he said.
Brokenhead and its partners in the ownership group have been able to enjoy additional benefits of casino revenues, such as cash payments to members of their community.
For example, offer Brokenhead and 100 for each of the members of his band in the Christmas season. Driving through Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, along Highway 59, near Lake Winnipeg, one can see signs that the casino’s money at work. Heavy equipment has been moving around the earth, where the First Nation is building a new community room and improved roads.
However, some leaders outside the property of South Beach are critical of the costs of casino, as more than 43 million dollars and the costs of hiring a Minneapolis-based company, the game of the Hemisphere, to finance and manage the casino.
To that criticism, the owners say they would not be a casino at all without the start-up loan provided by hemisphere.
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