The Yankton Sioux Tribe Of South Dakota is close to agreeing a new casinno compact with the state that would allow the tribe to to double the number of slots on offer at its Fort Randall Casino And Hotel to 500.
According to a report from The American News newspaper, the proposed deal would also permit the casino a little over three miles east of the town of Pickstown to begin offering craps and roulette in addition to blackjack and poker and resume responsibility for employee background checks.
Fort Randall Casino And Hotel employee background checks are currently carried out by state officials while the proposed compact would additionally tie the Yankton Sioux Tribe Of South Dakota into a system of four-year reviews.
“We felt that we’ve been in business 20 years, we can handle that ourselves,” Arthur Standing Cloud, Chairman for the Yankton Sioux Tribe Gaming Commission, told the newspaper.
Every one of the nine tribes in South Dakota have casino compacts with the Midwestern state although the newspaper reported that the current deal with the Yankton Sioux Tribe Of South Dakota dates back to 2001.
The proposed casino compact, which drew no opposition at a recent Charles Mix County public hearing, is now waiting the signature of governor Dennis Daugaard and would moreover see the Yankton Sioux Tribe Of South Dakota agree not to use a sovereign immunity defense against any claims made against its casino’s liability insurance.
“We have been working on the new compact since late 2012,” said Standing Cloud. “It was just a lot of going back and forth and trying to get the changes through our tribal council.”