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Bits & Pieces from Indian Country - October 2007
"Our financial position at the end of 2006 was not as strong as we had hoped it would be," said Dennis Fitzpatrick, manager of the Glacier Peaks Casino.
Fitzpatrick agreed, noting that payroll expenses peaked at $278,676 during the first two weeks of October last year, but dropped to $94,200 for the last bi-weekly payroll this month after the casino cut two-thirds of its staff. (Eric Newhouse, Great Fall Tribune, 10-2-07)
"Our financial position at the end of 2006 was not as strong as we had hoped it would be," said Dennis Fitzpatrick, manager of the Glacier Peaks Casino.Fitzpatrick agreed, noting that payroll expenses peaked at $278,676 during the first two weeks of October last year, but dropped to $94,200 for the last bi-weekly payroll this month after the casino cut two-thirds of its staff."Corrections were being made (last December) but they weren't being made by management recommendation," Fitzpatrick said."They were being made on my prodding."Unfortunately for the community, our biggest expense was in payroll, and cutting jobs meant cutting local people's employment," he added.The casino currently employs about 100 people, down from 308 employees in early October 2006, he said.Because of a smaller-than-expected number of players, the casino returned 150 of its 500 electronic gaming machines, Fitzpatrick said.Officials never considered reducing payout, he added."Our philosophy has been that the more you pay, the more people play," he said."If we had started down the road of taking more from the machines, we would have reduced people's incentive to play."Another economic move was to downsize the casino's fine dining room to a gourmet grill with cafeteria-style service, he said."People liked the restaurant, but it was way too expensive to operate so we'll go back to our original plan and allow it to grow," Fitzpatrick said.Although the tribe amended its ban on alcohol to allow the casino to continue its alcohol sales during the event, that didn't help profits much, Fitzpatrick said."Our casino was full during North American Indians Days, but it wasn't the beer that brought them in," he said."This is a casino that's based on the local region," Fitzpatrick said."We're not a destination for tourists," Fitzpatrick said."If everything works out, we could get it started in the spring," Fitzpatrick said.
Park Lodge Casino was managed by Siyeh, Blackfeet Country
We already have Class II gaming at Glacier Peaks Casino... Siyeh Development's Dennis Fitzpatrick, General Manager, is set to manage the new venture, which will see the Park Lodge Casino opening for business Friday, June 4, 2004 and running through the tourist season.
Fitzpatrick estimated the Tribe will have about 3,000 square feet of space in the Feather Room, filled with 30 Rocket Bingo and other Vegas-style machines for the use of anyone at the East Glacier Park Lodge.
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Dennis Fitzpatrick, Treasurer, Siyeh Corporation, Blackfeet
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"For a lot of our employees, we are their first job," said Fitzpatrick.
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