Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sees decline in business at casino

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe owns and operates the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Photo from Facebook A blockade set up by law enforcement in North Dakota has contributed to a decline in business at the casino owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, The Bismarck Tribune reports.

The blockade made it harder for patrons to get to the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort. The tribe saw $1 million less in anticipated revenues as a result, council member Chad Harrison said at a meeting on Wednesday night, the paper reports.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier repeatedly defended the need for the roadblock, which he called a checkpoint. It was set up in mid-August and he said it was to ensure safety to and from the #NoDAPL encampment.

The roadblock at one point was removed but it has since been put back up as #NoDAPL resisters try and stop construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline on and near tribal treaty territory.

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