A star in the community through charity.

White Earth Nation supports the Native American tradition of giving back to the community through donations to local events and organizations. Shooting Star is proudly owned and successfully operated by the White Earth Nation.

To request a non-monetary donation, download a form here. Or email for more information.

Shooting Star Scholarship 2018-2019

In an effort to support higher education within the White Earth Nation, Shooting Star has founded the Shooting Star Scholarship, to raise money for scholarships to be awarded to White Earth members and descendants seeking post-secondary education. Download an application form here.

A limited number of $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. To be eligible, each student must meet the following criteria:

Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center SM in Mahnomen has undertaken one of the first, most proactive programs in Minnesota designed to increase awareness of compulsive gambling and available treatment.

"Although the vast majority of guests in casinos such as ours gamble as a form of entertainment, there is a certain percentage that is compulsive. We recognize our responsibility in making guests aware of this issue," said Casino General Manager Elizabeth Foster-Anderson. "It's no different than the need to promote responsible use of alcohol. It requires education and moderation. People who visit casinos, or buy lottery tickets or purchase pull tabs, need to know how to identify gaming behavior that goes beyond recreational fun. When play becomes a need, serious consequences can develop for both individuals and their families."

To underscore the Casino's commitment to responsible gaming, Shooting Star has launched an educational program entitled Play It Smart. In addition to sharing information with Casino employees, the organization has published a Gaming Code of Conduct on its Web site, along with information on where to locate confidential, professional counseling assistance. The Code includes a pledge by the Casino to be diligent in its efforts to promote responsible gaming only to adults of legal age, and to identify and act responsibly toward guests who exhibit problem behavior. Play It Smart brochures are available on property with responsible gaming tips. Signage has also been posted in gaming areas to provide guests and staff with a toll-free helpline number.

Announcement of Play It Smart comes on the heels of the eighth annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, sponsored nationally by the American Gaming Association. The Association encourages member casinos to promote the issue year-round and has selected the first week in August as a time to generate even greater understanding of the issue.

Research from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) indicates that most adults who choose to gamble do so responsibly for entertainment purposes. Approximately three percent of those who gamble, however, are considered to have a compulsive disorder. Shooting Star's proactive stance on this issue is consistent with other initiatives the Casino has undertaken in the past year, including living-wage increases at the facility.

"We believe that our responsibility as a good citizen extends to our guests as well as our associates and the surrounding region," said Foster-Anderson.

Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center is proudly owned and successfully operated by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Its unique poker room, 1,100 slots, 16 blackjack tables, upscale convention facility and 390 hotel rooms make Shooting Star one of northern Minnesota's premier gaming destinations. Facilities are located 35 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59. For more information on the Casino and information on responsible gaming, visit


7th Annual Shooting Star Scholarship Golf Tournament

Friday, June 15, 2018

Download golf registration form here


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