Just in case you don’t know — there are four reservations largely located in North Dakota. A small part of the Sisseton/ Wahpeton reservation is also located in North Dakota.
1. Turtle Mountain Reservation is the home of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, accessiblehotels.org president and founder, Willie Davis is proud to be an enrolled member. Lodging is provided by the Sky Dancer, named after a traditional story based in the northern lights.
www.skydancercasino.com – located on the beautiful Turtle Mountain Reservation , just a short drive south from the Canadian border. This hotel has a casino, buffet, bar and small pool. The biggest draws of the Sky Dancer Resort for travelers with disabilities are the same as for other travelers – the scenic location, the proximity to the border (for Canadian travelers) and the extremely friendly staff. For those of you who have never seen the northern lights, this beautiful sight is common during winters at the Sky Dancer.
2. Spirit Lake Nation is home to the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux. With Devils Lake as its border and the Sully Wildlife Area, this reservation is attractive to anyone interested in outdoor activities such as fishing, boating or hiking. Of course, the gaming is also brings many visitors the resort.
www.spiritlakecasino.com – on the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation, this resort offers three options, a hotel, cabins and RV park. Of the three, the hotel is by far the most accessible for travelers with disabilities. The Spirit Lake resort offers fishing and boating in the winter, ice fishing in the summer, a casino, two restaurants and a snack bar. Note that the pool is closed through May, 2012 and this is an alcohol-free reservation.
3. Fort Berthold Reservation is home to the Three Affiliated Tribes, Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa.
www.4bearscasino.com – offers a pool, casino and a 97-room hotel. Occasionally, special events are held at the casino. The last time we stayed there, a poker tournament was going on, which provided good entertainment for some of our party. The hotel is located in New Town. Note, Fort Berthold is a larger reservation so if you are visiting family in say, Twin Buttes or conducting business in Williston, be aware that you may be staying some distance away.
4. Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is home to (you guessed it) the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This reservation is actually located in both North and South Dakota.
www.prairieknights.com – has 96 hotel rooms, two restaurants, bar and pool. Nearly all hotels have at least one handicap accessible room, but we’d like to recognize that Prairie Knights lists one of its four suites as handicap accessible as well.