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A bit of clarification would be helpful before I can answer. Are you asking if it is legal to write a check to a casino?
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Unfortunately, yes, the checks may be legally enforced. While Minnesota statutes provide that checks issued for gambling debt are void, the statute also provides that the statute does not apply to checks written to casinos.
Here is a link to the statute: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=541.21
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Federal law provides for state jurisdiction over criminal cases on reservation. See the following on point opinion for a discussion: http://mn.gov/web/prod/static/lawlib/live/archive/ctapun/0512/opa042046-1206.htm
The case is almost exactly the same situation you describe.
Also, the statute specifically excepts checks written to Indian casinos.
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