One of the legends of Indian gaming passed last month when Stanley Crooks, the longtime chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, died at 70 of natural causes. The 480-member tribe operates the Mystic Lake casino hotel in suburban Minneapolis. The fortunate location made the tribe the most successful of the many tribes that operate casinos in Minnesota.
But Crooks made sure the largesse earned from the casino was shared with other tribes via grants or low-interest loans. In an interview with GGB’s Tribal Government Gaming in 2011, he explained how that came about:
“Most of the members of our tribe,” he explained, “and certainly the leadership, went through some very tough times economically prior to gaming. We recognized groups that had helped us before gaming and we wanted to support them. We started modestly, sharing our extra revenues with them. I think in the first year, it was something like $3 million. Now our charitable donations reach more than $21 million a year.”
Crooks was eulogized by Shakopee tribal officials.
“Chairman Crooks was a leader in every sense of the word,” tribal Vice Chairman Charlie Vig said in a statement. “I am honored to have worked with Stanley over the last 20 years. We join with his family, friends and all those who were privileged to know Chairman Crooks in mourning his passing.”
National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens said Crooks’ contributions to Indian Country will never be forgotten.
“Chairman Crooks respected his people, neighbors, tribal, state and federal leaders, and they respected him,” said Stevens. “His leadership and the Shakopee Mdewakanton’s generosity are legendary. Traveling through Sioux country, one can see Shakopee’s support for other Indian tribes—at Rosebud, the Turtle Creek Crossing Grocery Store, at Pine Ridge, Prairie Winds Casino, at Standing Rock, the new wing at Prairie Knights Hotel; and at Cheyenne River, the nursing home. These are just a few examples of his determination to support Indian Country.”
Konami Announces Promotions
Slot manufacturer Konami Gaming announced the promotions of Glenn Masada and Spencer Peterson. Masada has been named senior director of accounting and finance, and Peterson has been named senior director of technical compliance.
Masada will oversee the accounting and finance operations at Konami, responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the company to achieve short- and long-term financial and strategic objectives. He has been with Konami since July 2007, and has over 35 years of experience in accounting and finance.
Peterson will be responsible for ensuring that the business practices, policies and dealings related to regulatory requirements for Konami products are maintained to the highest standards. He is responsible for overseeing gaming products and associated equipment submissions to regulatory authorities and labs, including software testing and quality assurance, as well as serving as the company liaison with regulatory personnel on products, implementation of internal procedures, and revision updates. He has more than 17 years of experience in technical, engineering and compliance roles within the gaming industry.
Peterson joined Konami in 2005 as assistant director, technical compliance.