North Dakota Indian tribes to seek casino licenses as part of Tunica resort

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - Two North Dakota American Indian tribes are among several groups seeking gaming licenses to operate the proposed Myriad World Resorts in Tunica.

Myriad World Entertainment and Resorts' $1.9 billion development calls for a casino resort featuring a climate-controlled, fully enclosed, 18-hole, covered golf course and botanical gardens.

High Plains Equity LLC, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians based in Rolette County, North Dakota, and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota have each published a notice in The Tunica Times weekly newspaper that they plan to seek a gaming license.

Myriad has an agreement to sell three separate casino parcels within its 540-acre development and plans to close on the sales on June 1, 2007, according to information on its website.

The groups are expected to seek site approval at the commission's July or August meeting. The developers told the Mississippi Gaming Commission in March that they would like the resort to eventually include six casinos in addition to the one they hold a license to operate.

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