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The evening began with Grand Entry that included Elders, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Senators, FSIN Princess Carla Omani and various levels of government representation and business people.
The Honourable Keith Goulet, Prince Albert Mayor Don Cody, Interim Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Morley Watson, SIGA Chief Executive Officer E. Dutch Lerat and Peter Ballantyne Chief Ron Michel were all on hand to commemorate the opening.
Following speeches and presentations, the Wanuskewin Dancers, a troop of world champion powwow dancers, performed with the Red Bull Singers. The opening ceremonies were concluded with the ribbon cutting and cries of "Let the gaming begin!"
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The evening's entertainment was rounded out with the multitalented Tom Jackson and with comedian Don Burnstick.
The permanent location of the Northern Lights Casino features a Vegas-style building. The interior highlights a total of 234 video lottery terminals and slot machines, 2 Carribean Stud Poker tables, 2 Let It Ride tables, 12 blackjack tables, 2 roulette wheels, a baccarat table, a red dog table, a poker room and a big six wheel. In addition, the casino boasts a live stage, a lounge, restaurant and gift shop.
SIGA was established in 1995 to conduct, manage and operate four First Nation-run casinos in Saskatchewan.
The Northern Lights Casino was the second casino opened under the authority of SIGA in 1996. The Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford opened five days before it on March 1, 1996. The Bear Claw Casino on the White Bear First Nation and the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton followed with openings at the end of the year.
The four casinos have created a total of 750 jobs over their two-year existence.