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Posted 8/29/08 (Fri)
Beaver Bay casino halted by legal wranglings
Eagles Catch Casino, an Indian casino on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, started moving dirt early this summer and as summer comes to an end, the project is halted by legal wrangling between the Three Affiliated Tribe (TAT) business council, which governs Fort Berthold, and private developer and enrolled TAT member, Dale Little Soldier. Little Soldier’s company, Lake Sakakawea & Associates, began locating the project atop a hill overlooking Lake Sakakawea, trust land owned by Little Soldier adjacent to the Beaver Bay Recreation Area north of Zap, after having reached an agreement with the TAT and a decade long effort to bring the casino to construction. Last week, the New Town News, a BHG, Inc. weekly newspaper in New Town, where TAT offices are located, reported the project is now in what is legally termed preliminary arbitration. Little Soldier is represented by attorney Larry Levinthal, Minneapolis, Minn. Earlier, Bismarck attorney, Sarah Vogel confirmed to the Beacon that she had agreed to be an arbitrator for the proceedings. There are no reports on a scheduled hearing between the parties last week and Levinthal’s office has not responded to two calls from the Beacon. At dispute is a participating lease agreement between the tribal business council and Little Soldier. According to reporting by Theodora Bird Bear, New Town News writer who covers the business council meetings, the tribe was to manage the casino under a lease agreement until 2017.