SMSC Business Council re-elected
With an astounding 88.1% of voters participating in the primary election, all three members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks, SMSC Vice-Chairman Glynn A. Crooks, and SMSC Secretary/Treasurer Keith B. Anderson each received more than 51% of the vote of enrolled Community members 18 years of age and older in the primary election; according to the Tribe's Election Law, because the 51% threshold was met, no general election is necessary.
The three officers will be sworn in at an inaugural ceremony at noon on January 31, 2007, at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Chairman Stanley Crooks has served as Tribal Chairman since 1992. He will begin his fifth consecutive four-year term. He also serves as the Chairman of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association and is the SMSC representative to the National Indian Gaming Association, as well as to the National Congress of American Indians. SMSC Vice-Chairman Glynn Crooks has served as Vice-Chairman since 1996, having previously served as the Tribal Chairman. He will begin his fourth consecutive four-year term. SMSC Secretary/Treasurer Anderson has held his position since 2004, having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SMSC Gaming Enterprise. He will begin his second consecutive four-year term as Secretary/Treasurer.
This is the first time in the Tribe's history that three incumbents have all been re-elected for the subsequent four-year term.
Under the Tribe's Constitution, the governing body of the Tribe is the Tribal membership, also called the General Council. The Business Council is delegated authority to promote the health, education, and welfare of Community members and their families and it is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Government.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is the largest employer in Scott County, employing 4,100 employees at the Gaming Enterprise, The Meadows at Mystic Lake, the Shakopee Dakota Convenience Stores, Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, Playworks, Playworks LINK Event Center, the Dakota Mall, Dakotah Meadows Mini Storage, Dakotah Meadows RV Park, and for the Tribal Government.