Flandreau Santee's gambling records off limits

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) November 2010

A federal magistrate is blocking state access to some financial information from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in a lawsuit between the two over gambling.

The tribe’s 2007 lawsuit says it’s been unfairly prevented from adding more slot machines at its Flandreau casino and that the state has negotiated in bad faith over a longer gambling compact that would allow more slot machines.

As part of the discovery process before trial, the state wanted to know how much money the tribe gets from gambling, how the money is used, and how much goes to each tribal member.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Simko says that information is not relevant and he granted the tribe’s request to keep it confidential for now.

The case is scheduled for trial next June.