Wednesday November 7,2012 : STAND-OFF BREWING BETWEEN SASKATCHEWAN TRIBE AND PROVINCIAL GOVT ?
First tribal online offering goes live
The White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan has forged ahead and launched its Northern Bear Casino on the GEOBet Tribal Gambling Network despite the Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Donna Harpauer unequivocably stating earlier this week that any online casino would be deemed illegal .
Bernard Shepherd, chief executive officer of Northern Bear Casino, which is governed by the newly developed Wapi-Maskwa iGaming Act, declared: “After almost 20 years of successful First Nations owned and operated Casinos in Saskatchewan, I decided to become an owner/operator because I believe First Nations need to ‘Occupy the Field” of online gambling.
"I’ll be operating under the same Inherent, Treaty, Constitutional and Sovereign rights as when I opened the first Indian Casino in Canada on February 26, 1993. Our Forefathers traded globally 100 plus years ago and Entrepreneurship has been in our DNA for 10,000 plus years, this is what November 6, 2012 is going to stand for.”
Gerry Gionet, chief executive officer of the GEObet Network added: “In addition to operating one of the finest online casinos in the market, GEObet Network’s goal is to unite tribal gaming in the virtual world by offering a turnkey, live online casino to First Nations and Tribes in North America.”
The professionally presented website on the GEObet Gambling Network which is operated internationally under Olympian Trading Limited, licensed in Curacao, Malta and Kahnawake, offers a sportsbook, poker room and casino.