Tribe Seeks Trust Status for Land, Raising Casino Questions
ST. PAUL -- An American Indian community is seeking federal trust status for land near Lake Elmo, a sign the tribe could be planning a casino there.
The Prairie Island Indian Community is seeking trust status for 112 acres it purchased in West Lakeland Township along Interstate 94. The designation could lead to Indian-built businesses unaffected by local zoning and tax laws.
Tribal officials say they don't have any immediate or definitive development plans. The community already owns The Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Indian land near Red Wing, but the tribe says that land is under constant threat of contamination by the Prairie Island nuclear power plant and much of the land lies in a flood plain.