Supreme Court rejects Indian land claim

Minneapolis, Minnesota (AP) April 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a case involving some of the nation’s poorest American Indians who wanted a share of casino revenue from the profitable Mystic Lake and Treasure Island casinos near the Twin Cities.

A group led by former Lower Sioux Community Chairman Sheldon Wolfchild asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals ruling rejecting its claims that the government breached a 19th-century trust with the heirs of the Indian land at Prior Lake and Prairie Island, where the casinos are located.

Wolfchild’s group said the federal government breached the trust when it gave control of the land to the Shakopee Community and Prairie Island Indian Community, which own the casinos.

The Star Tribune says Wolfchild’s supporters mainly live on economically depressed reservations in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Morton, in Redwood County.

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Star Tribune