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Tribal Observer Issue: March 1, 2004

Election protests dismissed

Two protests filed over the Feb. 10 special election for District 1 have been dismissed by an election appeals judge.

One of the protests—filed by eventual winner and District 1 Tribal member Delores Jackson—occurred on Feb. 2 or eight days before the special election.

Poker room reopens at Soaring Eagle

Casino goers will have several more entertainment options with the recent reopening of the poker room.

Patrons were allowed to occupy the six tables during a soft opening on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., according to Director of Table Games Operations David Otto. Two of the tables have 10 seats, while the remaining have seven.

Tribes initiate united front against pending racino legislation

Using pending legislation to legalize slot machines at Michigan horse racing tracks as a rallying point, officials representing 12 federally recognized Tribes in Michigan vowed to stay united on common issues affecting all of them.

Tribal leaders said the Feb. 20 summit at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was an opportunity long overdue to discuss various issues impacting Indian Country.

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