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September 06, 2017 09:12 AM

Flandreau Santee Sioux To Oppose State Gambling Rule Change

Sioux Falls, SD

A Native American tribe seeking millions of dollars from a company it previously contracted with will oppose a proposed state gambling rule change that the tribe contends would hamstring its collection efforts.

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming on Wednesday is set to weigh removing a requirement that certain electronic wagering businesses use a bank located in South Dakota.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe President Anthony Reider says the tribe believes the change would help Bettor Racing Inc. owner J. Randy Gallo evade paying about $5 million owed to the tribe.

Reider raised the issue in an August letter to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, saying that the rule change appears to only affect Bettor Racing. Gallo and an attorney for Bettor Racing haven't responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

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