BIA limits casino sites

BIA limits casino sites

There are 2 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jul 18, 2008, titled BIA limits casino sites. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has published a rule that says casinos should be located within 25 miles of a reservation headquarters.

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Mary Wachacha

Asheville, NC

#1 Jul 21, 2008
If this is not applied across the board then BIA should not be making such rulings to stiffle the economic pursuits of tribes. The Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut has open a casino on land that was/is not in trust in 1988 as well as some of the New York Tribes (Seneca at Niagara Falls). If Tribe can get agreement from States to put land in trust - who is the gov't to interfer?
Tony Dedam

Deschambault, Canada

#2 Jul 21, 2008
The colonial mentality of the BIA is alive and well. As sovereign nations, Tribes are in a better position to determine the socio/economic opportunities for their communities. It seems that the BIA is determined to keep Native Americans in their pre-colonian state of poverty and dependency on the Government of the United States.

I hope and pray that our next President, Brock Obama ( excellent chance) will keep his promise of re-affirming the sovereignty of Tribes to improve the lives and economies of American Indians as he promised.

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