White Earth Nation offers Minnesota $400 million for a new Vikings stadium

In exchange, the poorest Minnesota tribe wants the right to build a Twin Cities casino. House Speaker Kurt Zellers says he doubts White Earth can come up with the money up-front.
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In exchange, the poorest Minnesota tribe wants the right to build a Twin Cities casino. House Speaker Kurt Zellers says he doubts White Earth can come up with the money up-front.

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