Issue 246
May 30 - June 5, 2005
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Northern Cheyenne Nation Signs Casino Management Agreement With Full House Resorts

Tribe breaks ground for $20 million casino expansion

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Northern Cheyenne Nation Signs Casino Management Agreement With Full House Resorts
Press Release

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Full House Resorts, Inc. announced today that the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana (the Tribe) has signed a Development and Management Agreement with the Company which is subject to the approval of the National Indian Gaming Commission in accordance with federal law.

The Northern Cheyenne's proposed site is land already held in trust, located approximately 25 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming at a recreational destination on the Tongue River Reservoir in southeastern Montana.

Sheridan County, with a population of almost 30,000 and no other legal gambling, will be the primary target market. The two parties will work together on the design, size and site plan of the gaming facility on the tribe's 554 acre Tongue River site. The first phase of the project will include a 20,000 to 25,000 square foot, first class facility, housing approximately 200 to 250 video gaming machines, live poker, restaurant and an RV Park. The design will allow for expansion of the gaming area, additional food and beverage outlets and a hotel in a future phase. It is anticipated to open 12 to 18 months from now, pending all regulatory approvals, with a cost for the first phase of $10 million to $15 million. The tribe currently has a Class III Gaming Compact with the State of Montana and will be consulting with the State on the new casino.

Greg Violette, Chief Operating Officer of Full House, stated that "I'm honored that the Northern Cheyenne Nation has signed a Management Agreement with Full House Resorts. They have a very aggressive plan for economic development. The Tribe has a great deal of land with an abundance of opportunity, and Full House will assist the tribe with the implementation of all phases of its economic development plan."

Eugene Little Coyote, President of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, stated that "We are confident that Full House is the right partner to assist the Tribe with the means by which the Tribe can begin to independently generate the capital resources that are needed to adequately finance our socio-economic development. The signing of the casino management agreement is the beginning of long term growth and prosperity for our Nation. The Tribe wants to ensure that its economic development is environmentally sound and culturally appropriate to preserve its beautiful homelands. There is a long way to go, but the most important step in any journey is the first step. It is exciting and wonderful."

Andre Hilliou, Chief Executive Officer of Full House, stated that "We have been working very hard to identify growth opportunities since we took over the management of Full House one year ago, and it is gratifying to now see the fruit of our efforts. We promised our Board that we would increase shareholder value. We have the possibility of three, and possibly more, new projects. With the signing of this management agreement with the Northern Cheyenne we are now seeing the results of these efforts."

Tribe breaks ground for $20 million casino expansion
As reported by the Duluth News Tribune

CARTER, Wisconsin - The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe launched a $20 million casino expansion Thursday, calling it the largest construction project ever in Forest County and an improvement that will create 100 new jobs.

"It is an exciting day for the Potawatomi and Forest County," Tribal Chairman Harold "Gus" Frank said during a traditional ground-blessing ceremony.

Ken Walsh, a tribal spokesman, said the tribe's planned $240 million expansion of its Milwaukee casino remains on hold because of legal challenges about the scope of gaming in Wisconsin and uncertainty about its compact with the state.

Frank said the northern Wisconsin project will provide 150 construction jobs and a payroll of $8 million for the short term while increasing tourism in the area for years.

The new Northern Lights Casino will include a new poker room and sports bar and lounge, a larger bingo hall and more space for slot machines and food services, he said. It will connect to the Potawatomi Indian Springs Lodge, next to a new 60-space recreational vehicle campground.

Walsh said the new casino will offer about 500 slot machines and 16 tables for blackjack, roulette and craps.

The current casino, built 14 years ago as a temporary pole building to house bingo, has about 425 slot machines and has outlived its use, he said. It will be torn down to make way for a parking lot.

Cheryl Waube, the casino's general manager, said the new wood and brick facility will be bigger and will offer a better gaming and entertainment experience for the 400,000 people who visit the casino annually.

The casino now employs about 250 people, Frank said. The new facility will employ another 100 hotel and casino workers. Construction is expected to take about a year.

Walsh said the Milwaukee project remains in limbo.

Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled Gov. Jim Doyle exceeded his authority when he entered into a perpetual compact with the Potawatomi that included allowing more games, such as craps, poker and roulette, in exchange for a much higher payment to the state.

Whether the tribe makes a scheduled $44 million payment to the state by June 30 remains up in the air, Walsh said Thursday.

"There isn't a new compact yet. We are in discussions with the state right now," he said. "Both parties are hopeful we will have a new compact amendment by that time."

The tribe paid the state $40.5 million a year ago in what Walsh called evidence of the tribe's "good faith and commitment" despite the legal uncertainties.

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