Information on the Tribe and Native American Gaming

The Prairie Band Potawatomi's main website used to be pbpindiantribe.com. In Fall 2007 they created a second site, pbpnation.org. The original site appears to be still active; it has most of the nation's governmental information. (The second site was hacked in early March 2008, and as of 3/8/2008 is still down.)

At pbpindiantribe.com/orgchart.htm is what had been a link to their organizational chart that shows the Tribal Court reporting to the Tribal Council; as of 3/8/2008 it was a link to a page that said "Bad Request". As far as we know, Tribal Court does still report to the Tribal Council.

Mr Steve Ortiz was elected October 10, 2007 as Tribal Chairman. During hiscampaign, Mr Ortiz made the following statement:

Some look to Shabeynay as a Ace in the hole and it is but with a price tag initially starting out at 25 million to build a Class II facility and progressing to a 250 to 300 million dollar project as presented to General Council awhile back. [emphasis added]
To date the PBPN has only officially acknowledged the "bingo hall" (the $25 million "Class II" facility), but it is clear from this quote that the tribe has a tenfold larger project already planned out. The "bingo" hall is only the foot in the door.

While we're on the topic, here's what now-resigned Tracy Stanhoff had to say about the PBPN's long-term plans:
I will continue to lead our Tribal efforts to: ... pursue the Shab-eh-nay Reservation re-jurisdiction negotiations for the historic complete reacquisition of our lost Reservation.... [emphasis added]
So much for limiting themselves to the 128 acres they purchased. Stanhoff might, however, wish to look up the case of Yankton Sioux Tribe of Indians v. United States, decided by the Supreme Court in 1926, in which the court ruled that "it is impossible, however, to rescind the cession and restore the Indians to their former rights, because the lands have been opened to settlement and large portions of them are now in the possession of innumerable innocent purchasers." This "impossibility" rule has held force ever since in cases where tribes have sought reacquisition of former reservation land through court action.

Both these quotes are part of The Native Blog, written by the late Larry Mitchell.

As for bingo itself, this is a decided misnomer, although one with established usage. Electronic bingo is completely unlike traditional bingo; it is virtually indistinguishable from slot machines. You even still see bells, bars, and cherries whirling around; what makes it legally "bingo" is only that some microchip plays an instantaneous bingo game against other players in the room and awards winnings based on that.