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1993 Inductee

Leonard Prescott

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Leonard Prescott was one of the founders of the National Indian Gaming Association and an outspoken advocate for Indian gaming

Prescott was born into poverty and worked at several jobs before being elected secretary-treasurer of the Shakopee Mdwakanton Sioux tribe. When the tribe was recognized by the federal government in 1969, it had only 13 charter members and few options.

But after the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act provided a framework for Native American gaming enterprises in 1988, the Mdwakanton Sioux, with lands only a half-hour from downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, was in an enviable position.

Prescott, who'd become tribal chairman the year before, presided over the construction of the Mystic Lake casino, which became a true Indian gaming success story. Mystic Lake opened in 1992 and was immediately one of the top-grossing tribal government casinos in the nation.

He also laid the groundwork for the National Indian Gaming Association, a trade and lobbying group for tribal casino operators.

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