Native Americans Research Winnipeg Urban Reserves

Media Release – September 11, 2015


Native Americans Research Winnipeg Urban Reserves

 For immediate release, September 11, 2015 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Mr. Joel Frank, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is in Winnipeg meeting with First Nations leadership.  The Seminoles were the first Native Americans to spearhead the gaming industry in the United States, successfully creating source revenue for their communities.  As a result of their lucrative business ventures, the Seminole Tribe were able to purchase the renowned Hard Rock Café chain of restaurants in 2006. Mr. Frank serves as the head of economic development and investments for the Seminole.  While meeting with Treaty One Chiefs on potential economic ventures, Native Americans from California conveyed their support for First Nations in Canada.

A recent federal court decision on the Kapyong Barracks ruled in favour of Treaty One Territory First Nations, and an offer was made to Chiefs for a possible out of court settlement.  Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Terrance Nelson who is hosting the meeting said

“Native Gaming in the United States is a thirty billion dollar per year industry–Winnipeg’s GDP is $26 billion, so it is definitely in the best interest of First Nations to meet with Native Americans to develop partnerships and a strategic plan, and engage in joint ventures to invest in Urban Reserves in Canada.”

There are currently an additional 110 acres of reservation lands in and near Winnipeg, slated for future development.

Mr. Joel Frank will be a presenter on Friday evening at the 10th Annual International Music Awards for Manito Ahbee. The broadcast will be seen across Canada and picked up by 14 American outlets. Meanwhile Mr. Joel Frank continues to meet with First Nations today.

“The Southern Chiefs’ Organization would like to thank Mr. Joel Frank for making this trip and spending 2 and half days meeting with us and learning about our situation”.

First Nations have continuously been excluded from the profits of resource development in their own Territories.  As one of the most prominent donors in election campaigns for U.S. politicians, the Native American Gaming industry is highly regarded by the United States government.  With the political support of Native Americans, lobbying Washington for fair and equitable access to source revenue from resources that are being extracted daily in First Nations Territories, is imminent.

For Further Information contact Grand Chief Terrance Nelson, 204-223-7730