Saskatchewan First Nations Online Gambling Research

Published Tuesday, November 30, 2010 -

According to a report in the Regina Saskatchewan’s Leader-Post newspaper the First Nations Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority will help the Saskatchewan government develop a knowledge base for the development of the online gambling industry in the province.
The government  and police at one time, 17 years ago, raided the White Bear Reserve's Bear Claw casino at 4 am and seized money and machines in an effort to gain control over the Native gambling industry. The First Nations gaming industry in which First Nations leadership has clearly earned trust and respect was established back then and with a firm resolve and lots of growing pains has made significant contributions to the well being of the First Nations people.
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority recently served notice that it was releasing a "request for information on the products offered by suppliers that could assist SIGA in conducting research on Internet gambling." The province is entrusting the SIGA to do the research on the potentially lucrative Internet gaming market. Saskatchewan’s Gaming Minister Ken Cheveldayoff  told reporters recently that the SIGA is a well-run and highly professional organization, pointing out that the relationship between the government and the First Nations gaming industry is vastly improved.

FSIN Grand Chief Guy Lonechild first introduced the idea of internet betting and partnering with the province back in August of 2010. It has been a some what rocky road that has led to this place with jurisdictional squabble after squabble over everything from revenue to compliance with the province's ban on indoor smoking.
Lonechild commented that, "We have yet further study to do," adding, "But you can bet we'd be looking at that opportunity." Minister Cheveldayoff did say however that while SIGA is going ahead with the initial research on its own, the province is working in partnership with SIGA. At this point no mention has been made about revenue sharing of the possible millions of dollars the provincial government could make if they venture into the online gambling industry.




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