Tribe wants to question Rounds about gambling

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) January 2011

The state’s lawyers are trying to block a request that Gov. Mike Rounds be questioned as part of the evidence gathering process in a gambling-related lawsuit brought by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.

The federal lawsuit filed nearly four years ago alleges the state has unfairly prevented the tribe from adding slot machines at its Royal River Casino at Flandreau.

The tribe’s lawyers subpoenaed Rounds to provide information to them under oath before trial.

The attorney general’s office wants a judge to set aside the subpoena, arguing in part that it doesn’t meet the legal test for deposing a high ranking official and that Rounds wasn’t directly involved in negotiating a gambling compact with the tribe.



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