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Minnesota tribes get exclusive rights to sports gambling in DFL bill

Pro teams support the bill, which wouldn't allow them or racetracks to run operations


February 22, 2023

Mike Nelson, Associated Press

In this 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports booking area of the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Key Democrats released their plan Tuesday to give sports gambling licenses exclusively to the state's American Indian tribes, allowing betting at their casinos and on mobile devices, but not at the state's two racetracks, an exclusion criticized by Republicans.

Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, said the Legislature is "back to finish the job" it started last year when the House passed his bill but the Senate did not.

Senate sponsor Matt Klein, DFL-Mendota Heights, said, "Minnesotans are demanding sports betting really, and they are in many cases already accessing it on a black market. And much as with Sunday [liquor] sales a number of years ago, they often don't understand why their wishes are being obstructed by government and creating inconveniences in their lives."


Reader Comments(2)

IndianOutlaw55 writes:

I am enrolled with the White Earth Nation since 1964 I live off the reservation simply because it's almost impossible to contact anyone there and we both know why Since 1964 I have gotten 300.00 for help in 48 years So try and convince me how it will help the the People who have been forgotten by their own people again

Southmn writes:

They want to talk about prejudice !!!, How is this not being prejudice when the democrats only want tribes to be able to have gambling of sports ??? , what about all of the other nationalities like polish, Irish, black, white , etc. . I’m of polish and German decent, I feel like we may need to also get on the get it for free band wagon.!!!


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