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Grand Forks Council Irritated by Snub

7 June 2006

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota – As reported by the Grand Forks Herald: "The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa's failure to report on the progress of its proposed Grand Forks casino to the City Council may have endangered its chances of getting the council's support.

"Several council members made a point Monday of expressing how 'disappointed' they are with the tribe's decision to unveil a study on the casino's economic impact last Thursday without inviting them.

"Compounding the irritation, the unveiling came only a week after council member Doug Christensen specifically asked the tribe to report.

"…Tribal chairman Ken Davis, interviewed earlier, said the tribe sent a notice to City Hall at the same time it sent similar notices to the press.

"The problem is no one at City Hall can recall receiving the notice, which reporters got May 26.

"…Not all council members are upset, though.

"Curt Kreun said he didn't feel the tribe had to go to the council any more than casino opponents, who held a press conference immediately before turning in a petition to the council…"

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