Online Gambling Triggers Interest in Saskatchewan First Nations?

August 31st, 2012
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Tribe explores “opportunities to develop an online gambling solution”

An announcement was made on Aug. 30 by the GEObet Gambling Network that it has been appointed by Saskatchewan First Nations to look into opportunities and develop an online gaming solution, with which the reach of the Saskatchewan First Nation Gaming network operating in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan would be extended.

In relation to this task, GEObet has already made several presentations, among the recent ones being the one before the Special Indian Gaming Assembly in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, which assured all parties that agreements will meet and exceed Saskatchewan First Nations’ expectations of online gambling.

Bernie Shepherd, the former Chief of the White Bear First Nation specified: “We are exploring online opportunities in order to create revenue for our communities and provide business and employment opportunities for our members. We are doing this by exercising our Inherent and Constitutional rights.”

Also, in a comment on the recent developments in the U.S., Shepherd said: “The draft i-gaming bill [prepared by the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs] is a positive and unified step on behalf of our southern relatives who are on the path of self-governance and self-sustainability.

"The success of the regional tribal casinos and their professional operations has led to this commonsense approach and is the right approach to extending First Nation gaming businesses into the online world with the same rights and freedoms that other industries enjoy."

With more than 4 million guests annually, “First Nation casinos can’t afford to lose their many land-based casino customers to offshore online operators. So we’ve developed a turnkey i-gaming solution that will enable Saskatchewan First Nations to get up and running online as quickly and smoothly as possible,” added GEObet CEO Gerry Gionet.

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