Mille Lacs Band Purchases Two St. Paul Hotels

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Today, in an ironic reversal of fortune that would have been impossible to foresee just a few years ago, Minnesota?s native people again are warmly welcoming people to their homes on the Mississippi River. Homes called The Crowne Plaza and DoubleTree Hotels. At a Monday press conference preceded by a drum song and an invocation in Ojibwe praising the Creator and the spirits that have protected the Anishinaabe ? the first people ? The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced that it has purchased the hotels and their combined 720 rooms, almost half of all the hotel rooms in downtown St. Paul. The 22-story Crowne Plaza, originally built as a Hilton and operated for many years as part of the Radisson chain, is the biggest convention hotel in the city and its takeover by a Minnesota-based entity was hailed by Matt Kramer, president of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. ?This is incredibly good news for the city of St. Paul and the state of Minnesota,? Kramer said of the tribe?s takeover of the hotels, which were sold for an undisclosed price, noting that the Mille Lacs Band has plans to improve and invest in the hotels, both of which are showing their age (the entrance to the Crowne Plaza was roped off Monday, due to falling ice).

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