CROW AGENCY – The Little Big Horn Casino was built in the mid-1970s as a hotel
and later became a casino. Over the years it no longer meets the structural
regulations of the federal government. Therefore, the National Indian Gaming
Commission has given the tribe until November 1 to replace the building with a
This will be a difficult task because the Crow Agency must also pay a $400,000
debt to the IRS to continue operating on the Crow Reservation.
Crow Chairman Cedric Black Eagle said Wednesday that the tribal executives are
working to solve the structural and financial issues of the casino. “And it
can’t be rehabilitated to meet those requirements,” he said.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Prior Lake, Minn., has agreed to
give the Crow Tribe a $1 million grant and a $2.5 million loan for the casino
The money would pay for the first phase of construction. The plan is to build a
new casino with a new gaming floor, state-of-the-art ventilation, new slot
machines, and special areas for poker and bingo. It would also improve the
A later phase would build a 100-room hotel, a convention center with meeting
rooms and an RV park.
Black Eagle said construction will begin on the new casino when the funding is
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