South Dakota tribe closer to expanding gaming options

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) July 2011

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is one step closer to getting 100 new gaming machines at its Royal River Casino.

The Argus Leader reports that a public hearing that took place Friday morning at the Moody County Courthouse was a key step in ratifying a new tribal gaming compact negotiated between the tribe and Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The agreement now goes to the Secretary of the Interior for approval. The secretary has 45 days to act on it.

If approved, the tribe plans to buy 100 new machines by late October. Tribe President Anthony Reider says each machine will cost $20,000.

The new machines would increase the number at River Casino from 250 to 350. The new compact allows the tribe to have as many as 500 machines.