Tribe opens first casino in spite of contract concerns
HINTON, Okla. Despite opening its first casino this week, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes officials are questioning a $250,000 expenditure outlined by its casino contract agreement.
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#1 Dec 29, 2008
IT'S A SHAME THAT SO MUCH RESOURCES HAS BEEN SPENT ON CASINOS SO FAR AND NOT ON PRESERVING THE WICHITA LANGUAGE. I HOPE THAT ATLEAST SOME OF THE REVENUES FROM THE GAMBLING WILL BE SPENT ON WORTHWHILE THINGS LIKE THAT. MY GRANDMA SPOKE FLUENT WICHITA AND I AM FEEL GREAT SADNESS THAT CASINOS HAD A HIGHER PRIORITY THAN THE PRESERVATION OF THE TRIBAL LANGUAGE.
#2 Dec 31, 2008
They do have language classes that were geared towards children, and adults were welcome to sit in and participate also. Guess how many showed up? Its not that there's nothing being done towards language preservation, its the lack of participation.
#3 Dec 31, 2008
Thats really ashame,but what about a program such as the one by the colo. prof. that atleast documents in text and video the elders and language, but done by the tribe. Has the tribe done anything to try and preserve the Wichita language and culture?
#4 Jan 4, 2009
THERE WAS PROBABLY NO PARTICIPATION BECAUSE THE ADULTS WERE AT A CASINO! This is actually a finding from a study done here in MT. One of the factors contributing to the loss of native language ,is that instead of being at home teaching the children their natve tongue the adults were spending that time away, gambling in a casino.
#5 Jan 7, 2009
Not all adults go to the Casino. Believe it or not, there just some tribal members that don't want to go to their Tribes unless they are receiving something in return.
#7 Jan 14, 2009
Well I know some elders that do not speak in our native language, and I'm sure its not because their parents were at the Casino, they lived here long before the Casinos were here.
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