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Christopher Balz defends gambling on Indian reservations. He says:
I lived near Native American (Indian) Reservations for 7 years in California. If gambling were disallowed on their lands, I would very much fear for the safety of non-Indians in the vicinity of the reservations. The loss of that income, combined with the fact of intrusion into what are supposed to be sovereign nations, would likely increase the anger within the Native American community by a large factor. Put yourself in the shoes of non-Indian living near a reservation. It would create a very dangerous situation.
My comment: this is a factor to be considered with others. There is a growing feeling that the sovereignty is outdated, especially in the case of Indian reservations. There is also the question. What is an Indian? There is one fellow here who claims to be part Indian in order to get minority contracts. I think he is lying. Nationwide people are claiming to belong to an Indian tribe whose members share in casino profits. One case involving Chippewas led to a standoff with police, it is now in federal court. In Texas ten families were evicted from a reservation for falsely claiming to be Tiguas. The Confederated Tribes of Oregon, who operate a casino near Portland, are fighting a huge growth in membership resulting in less profits per Indian. It is Indians against Indians. It is grotesque.
Ronald Hilton - 10/10/99