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FIVE NEW CHIPPEWA TRIBAL HOMES DELIVERED; 20 MORE EXPECTED SOON

 TURTLE LAKE, Wis., Nov. 27 ~PRNewswire~ -- Citing the success of the St. Croix Casino, officials with the St. Croix of Chippewa announced today that five modular homes were delivered Wednesday to the Tribe and are ready to be installed. Officials said that 20 homes will be built over the next few weeks to provide housing for needy Tribal members.
 St. Croix officials also announced that several homes in Turtle Lake had been acquired for casino employees and an employee apartment building will be constructed.
 "Our gamble with the Casino is paying off in a big way for our Tribe," Tribal Chairman Don Saros said. "These homes represent one of the ways that our people are benefiting from Casino gaming."
 The St. Croix Casino, located in Turtle lake, Wis., is owned by the Tribe. The Casino opened on May 22.
 "Before the casino opened, we had no money, few jobs and even fewer prospects for survival. But with the Casino, we have made more progress than any other tribe in Wisconsin. Now, Tribal employment is at 100 percent, we're developing new programs for all Tribe members and today we're building homes for our people," Saros said.
 Saros said the Tribe has already installed foundations for homes in Danbury, Maple Plain, Round Lake and in the Turtle lake-Sand Lake area. Plans call for 10 modular and 10 stick homes to be in place over the next few weeks. He said two crews have been working full-time to finish the stick homes.
 "There's a real need for Tribal housing with the approaching winter," Saros said.
 Saros also said that two of the homes were donated to the Tribe by Buffalo Management, Inc., a casino-management company that operates St. Croix Casino on behalf of the Tribe. The remainder of the homes have been or being purchased by the Tribe.
 Casino officials said that due to the lack of housing, a number of homes had been acquired in the Turtle lake area to meet demands for casino employees, and that a zoning agreement had been reached to allow for construction of a 96-unit apartment building for Casino employees. The building will be constructed in spring 1993 and the cost of the facility has yet to be determined.
 The Casino employs more than 800 persons.
 Saros said the acquired homes and the apartment building will be owned by the Tribe when Tribal financing is arranged. A modification of the St. Croix Casino management agreement is pending with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the Tribe to finance capital expenditures. The properties were acquired by Buffalo Brothers Management.
 "Our arrangements with the management company have allowed the Tribe to direct these acquisitions while we wait for the power to make capital expenditures. Once that is approved, the Tribe will assume ownership of the employee housing purchased for the Casino," Saros said.
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 ~CONTACT: William Fuesz of Colle & McVoy, 612-851-2525, for St. Croix Casino~


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