Information on the Tribe and Native American Gaming
The Prairie Band Potawatomi's main website is pbpindiantribe.com.
In early 2008 there was an organizational chart at pbpindiantribe.com
that showed the
Tribal Court reporting to the Tribal Council. This has now been changed;
the current link to the Judicial
Council describes it as a "separate and independent branch of
Mr Steve Ortiz was elected October 10, 2007 as Tribal Chairman. During
his campaign, Mr Ortiz made the following statement:
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 much 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:
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.