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SMSC Elects New Business Council

January 20th, 2016

Prior Lake, Minn. – Members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) elected incumbent Charlie Vig as Chairman, incumbent Keith B. Anderson as Vice-Chairman, and Freedom Brewer as Secretary/Treasurer of the Business Council on Tuesday. The SMSC's three-person Business Council is responsible for the operations of the tribal government.

Vig became Chairman in August 2012 after the passing of then-Chairman Stanley Crooks. He also served for 14 years on the SMSC Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors, which oversees Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino. In his earlier career, Vig worked his way up from project manager to vice president of facilities at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

Anderson has served as Vice-Chairman since August 2012; he previously served as Secretary/Treasurer for eight years. Before serving on the Business Council, he was on the SMSC Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors for seven years and worked as a design drafter for Rosemount Inc. and as a store planner for Target Corporation.

Incoming Secretary/Treasurer Freedom Brewer will serve her first term on the Business Council. She presently serves as Chairwoman of the SMSC Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors, which she has been a member of since 2002. She also is a board member for the SMSC's Hotel Development LLC, which owns the JW Marriott at Mall of America.

Current Secretary/Treasurer Lori Watso, who has served since 2012 and held her first term from 2000-2004, did not seek re-election. The newly elected Business Council members will be sworn in to their four-year terms in office on January 31.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Together the SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Having donated more than $325 million since opening its Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s, as well as providing more than $500 million in economic development loans to other tribes, the SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

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