November 12, 2006

Indians legitimize gaming

'The tables have turned'

Some give tribal casinos credit for easing stigma of gamblingNuñez thinks it is Indian gaming, more than anything else, that's neutralizing the social stigma of gambling, in large part because of tribes' support for organizations such as his Community Youth Athletic Center.

“Before, everybody saw gambling as negative, as addicting, and the gambling enterprises just took care of their own,” he said. “Now the tables have turned and (tribes) have gotten a piece of the pie. They have not just kept it to themselves; they're out there sharing.”

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