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Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce Hosts 33rd Annual Dinner


December 6, 2021

The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce presents National Indian Gaming Chairman Ernie Stevens with an autographed glove signed by Muhammad Ali at the Mystic Lake Casino on Friday, December 3, 2021. (Photo/Darren Thompson)

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. - After a two year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC) hosted its 33rd annual dinner on Friday at the Mystic Lake Casino. More than 400 people attended the popular gala and awards show that highlights tribes, tribal leaders, and tribal entrepreneurs in Minnesota and beyond.

The dinner was opened with a prayer by Jerry Dearly, Sr. and comments about the pandemic during the last couple of years by MAICC's Secretary and Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton. Joanne Whiterabbit, MAICC's Executive Director, spoke about the evening's event and requested an honor song by Spirit Boy Singers to be presented to Ernie Stevens, Jr., the National Indian Gaming Association's long-standing chairman.

"There are so many people in this room who have benefitted from the leadership and generosity of Ernie Stevens," said Whiterabbit during the presentation. She was presented a lifetime achievement award by the National Indian Gaming Association by Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr.


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