Shakopee tribe offers a peek into its financial might

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2012 - 2:23 PM

As it faces questions over more acreage it wants to take off the local tax rolls, the tribe is disclosing its impact on the local economy.

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ccbeanJan. 11, 12 9:09 AM

The newly elected mayor of Shakopee has called a press conference for 4 p.m. Wednesday to proposite a site in his suburb for a new Vikings stadium, according to the Shakopee Valley News. The report says that the property owner at the undisclosed location has signed a letter of intent to sell the land to the Vikings. According to the report, Tabke is expected to be joined at the press conference by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Claire Robling (R-Jordan), Rep. Michael Beard (R-Shakopee), the president of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce and the founder of savethevikes.org, Cory Merrifield, who lives in Shakopee.

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ruphinaJan. 11, 1211:59 AM

Be careful of that philanthropist label- most of it is to foreign governments (other tribes) and even then, a lot of that is in loans, a curious kind of charity at best. To their credit, they granted at least $17 million to other tribes, mostly out of state. They also loaned those same tribes about $36 million, plus another $30 million loan guarantee to the 3 Affiliated Tribes in ND. All numbers from their own website. Bill G.

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privateeyeJan. 11, 1212:18 PM

open up gambling to the rest of the state. This is enough of a head start for them to reclaim thier soveriegn land.

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horacedjonesJan. 11, 12 1:53 PM

Perhaps it time to continue to recognize sovereignty but limit tax free land acquisitions. Additional land the tribes purchase would be subject to taxes the same as others.

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mrdaveJan. 11, 12 3:31 PM

I'd like to know how much money they're making and not paying taxes on, like every other business in this country.

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swmnoldguyJan. 11, 12 4:28 PM

As far as I can tell, and I HAVE done some research, the tribes pay NO FEDERAL or STATE INCOME TAXES at all!

Individual members however DO pay FEDERAL INCOME TAXES on their profit sharing.

Individual members however DO NOT pay STATE INCOME TAXES on their profit sharing if they live on (or CLAIM to live on) the reservation.

Individual members DO NOT pay STATE SALES TAXES on any items DELIVERED to the reservation. Most of the BIG purchases, cars, TVs, etc. are, for that reason, DELIVERED to the reservation.

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farmsworthJan. 11, 12 4:55 PM

My great-greatgrandmother survived Sioux raiding her family farm they lived in the woods. They the Sioux were family and friends allowed to put up their homes on the land. In the end after all was said an do no one in my family got a dime back for all damage to the property and none of the raided families got a casino. Good reason to get one. They are betrayers, and they killed a lot, and got handed down hanging. So Us surviving mixed raced family got nothing. . .

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jarboyJan. 11, 12 5:12 PM

The Tribes in Wisconsin make billions of dollars in payments to the State of Wisconsin for their casinos, yet Minnesota tribes pay nothing. The Democrats who made the deal with the tribes must have really gotten a lot of campaign contributions to let this happen.

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angel123Jan. 13, 12 8:48 AM

I cannot believe some of these comments. All you are worried is about is what you think should come to you! I am glad the Native Americans are doing so great. Isn't that what we are about? Hey, aren't they the first Americans, so why shouldn't they also reap what they sow? Like we were so generous when the US started to be a great nation. Did they also receive the benefits then? Hey No! Now everyone thinks they are entitled to what they have built. Let me ask a question, and I don't think it is racist, might be, but why do white people think if they are not involved in the advancement of people of color, they get upset. And now that the Native Americans have found their pot of gold, we feel we are entitled to have some of it? Let me hear an answer to that question.

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monalisaJan. 13, 12 9:59 AM

@ swmnoldguy additionally, from what I have heard, native americans are exempt from quite a bit of requirements with DHS and from having to pay Minnesota care premiums...

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