What Is the History Behind the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen?


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The Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota was created by White Earth Nation, one of the United States' largest Indian tribes. The casino began gaming operations in temporary facilities in November 1991. Its own facility was finished in May 1992.

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The Shooting Star underwent a $30 million expansion in 2001. The casino is 72,055 square feet and holds over 1,000 slot machines. The concert venue is 15,000 square feet. Past headliners include Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels and Gabriel Iglesias. The Shooting Star pays over $25 million per year to employees and generates about $7 to $8 million per year for the tribe and northwest Minnesota.

On March 19, 1867, President Andrew Johnson signed a treaty with the Mississippi Band of Chippewa Indians, granting the tribe a section of land in northwest Minnesota. The land had a layer of white clay underneath its surface, giving it the name of White Earth Reservation. The reservation is over 1,800 square miles and home to over 8,000 members of the tribe. It has three Minnesota counties within its borders, including Mahnomen County.

The White Earth Tribal Council governs the tribe. It consists of five members who are responsible for preserving, promoting and enhancing the tribe. The Shooting Star has been the tribe's most successful initiative, as of 2015.

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