White Earth tribe wants stadium action
Minneapolis stadium rendering (Ellerbe Beckett)
Minneapolis stadium rendering (Ellerbe Beckett)
Posted Feb 15, 2012

The White Earth tribe in northwestern Minnesota is looking to be part of the Vikings stadium solution with a Twin Cities-area casino.

Leaders of Northwestern Minnesota's White Earth Tribe will ask the Legislature to let them build a Twin Cities-area casino as a way to help pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Tribal chairwoman Erma Vizenor will pitch the proposal Thursday at a Capitol news conference. She first raised the idea in December at a state Capitol hearing on various proposals to bankroll the Vikings' stadium push.

Backers say casino revenue estimated at $300 million a year could be split between the 20,000-member tribe to meet financial needs, and the state to pay stadium costs.

But the proposal will be a tough sell to lawmakers wary of expanded gambling. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed a White Earth-owned Twin Cities casino in 2005, but a state Senate committee killed the proposal.

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