Decision curtails off-reservation gambling halls
The department ruled that the site, some 350 miles south of the Akwesasne Reservation that staddles the Canadian border, is too far to offer job opportunities to tribal residents. And if the residents move away to be closer to the casino, that would have "negative impacts on tribal life."
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“As far as we can tell this decision is 100% politics. Remarkably, the Secretary has chosen to blatantly ignore the merits of our application and the undeniable strength of our administrative record in favor of catering to powerful special interest gaming groups. This decision defies all reason and is the product of a man and an administration that cannot stomach the idea of Native American success and financial independence. It is deplorable,” said Tribal Chief Lorraine White. “The language contained within the decision strikes me as a brazen paternalistic assault against not only the Mohawks but all of Indian Country. The clear message is that Indians belong on reservations and should be content to receive handouts and commodity cheese from the federal government.”
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