Court rules group has no claim to casinos

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  • Updated: March 12, 2009 - 11:20 PM

Decision invalidates earlier ruling based on 19th-century trust, and Congress' land deal.

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dillypotMar. 13, 09 2:04 PM

But Brian O'Neill, an attorney for the Shakopee tribe, said an appeal would be pointless. "This should be the end of it," he said. "It ought to be closure for an awful lot of folks who put their faith on this less-than-substantial lawsuit." How would this be pointless???? It wasn't pointless when he appealed the original decision...At this point I'd say the decisions are a wash....Take it to the Supreme court Mr Kaardal, I do hope that you win this for those people who have been stabbed in the back by the gov time and time again! Thanks for your hard work and many years of dedication. It is really sad to see this tribe being so charitable to different tribes and to places such as The University of Minnesota and then turn around and deny those that are actual lineal descendants....I agree...greed thru and thru....

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terrylbMar. 13, 09 4:50 PM

The sad part is the govt once again comes out smelling like a rose. I have family,Aunts,Uncles and cousins, at two of the three communities involved They,the members, deserve some of the credit also for keeping people out. My Dad left there in the late 60's to FIND A JOB. Once the communities realized what they could do,with the federal governments blessing, they started to turn people away altogether or make it very difficult to become a member. Even for the people that meet their strict guide lines to become a member.I never did meet my dad, he passed away before we had the opportuniy. I have to say though, growing up on the outside so to speak,I almost feel sorry for some of those members. Money does not solve everything and trust me, the ones that are in control of it at theses communities have plenty of their own problems to deal with.Sad deal for sure.

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renosiouxMar. 13, 09 7:55 PM

"The court also found that Congress did nothing wrong in 1980 when it handed control of the lands to the present-day Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community..." The 1980 Act needs a Congressional investigation. It stinks to high hevean, and one has to wonder how many palms were greased for Congress to hand the 1886 lands over to a so called tribe created just eleven years earlier in 1969. A "tribe" made up of thirteen family members. Something stinks in Washington and the stench is coming from the BIA and it lingers over Prior Lake.

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