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Tag: tribal casinos


CASINOS: Don’t intrude on national parks

Re: “Casino battles heat up” (TNT, 7-7).

The issues involved are complicated. But, after reading the whole article and thinking about some of the numerous possible viewpoints, I do end up believing this one is simple: Nobody, Native American, private business entity or anyone else, should be allowed to develop a casino of any scale anywhere near any entrance to or boundary of any national park, let alone inside one.

We have already violated the genuine “sanctity” of far too many national parks, and other designated and protected (or exploited) public lands for far too long. We must stop.

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GAMBLING: Judge proposal on facts, not rhetoric

Predictably, The News Tribune has once again bashed the proposal to authorize a limited number of electronic scratch ticket machines in nontribal card rooms (editorial, 2-17).

However, readers deserve to know the facts about House Bill 2786, not a rehash of arguments about proliferation and the social cost of gambling.

This bill specifically addresses past concerns about proliferation of gambling by limiting machine gaming to the 62 existing card rooms. Compared to the more than 25,000 machines currently in tribal casinos, the limit of 200 per location could hardly be characterized as putting “thousands of machines in state card

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INDIANS: Be wary of tribes buying property and putting it in trust

I found interesting the article about the local Indian tribes’ casino bonanza (TNT, 3-27). I applaud the tribes’ initiative and business acumen towards improving their economies and the well-being of their members.

But what the article failed to cover is the questionable uses of some of the tribes’ tax-free casino riches while they continue to seek federal and state grants to fund many of their tribal programs.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is now acquiring million-dollar off-reservation properties for cash located in single-family residential neighborhoods and converting them into USA Trust Land. I understand the tribes can purchase real property wherever

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