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- Portland casino efforts
- PACT files Reply to
Governor's Motion - Lane County Circuit Court
- PACT files Motion for Summary
Judgment - PACT attorneys ask Lane County Circuit Court
for an order of summary judgment ... and ... to issue a peremptory
writ of mandamus, requiring Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski
to withdraw the Governor's signature from the tribal-state compact,
forbid all state agencies, members of the executive bran ch, and
state employees from taking any action in furtherance of the compact
on behalf of the State, and discontinue all executive branch actions
authorizing or permitting the operation of the casino on the Hatch
- OR - Wilsonville
Casino? Reservation Shopping Gone Overboard? - The Klamath
Tribes have revived a controversial plan to acquire 385 acres
along Interstate 5 near Wilsonville -- one of the largest available
tracts in the Portland area -- for undisclosed commercial development.
Tribal leaders say they have no plans for a casino but could use
the site for manufacturing, retail or services, while providing
jobs for the 500 Klamaths who live in the Willamette Valley.
- US Senate letter
to DOI Salazar - "... we have serious concerns about
the recent practice of tribes and municipalities seeking advantageous
gaming opportunities on lands that are not traditionally tribal
lands. This is an abuse of the land into trust process and violates
the spirit of the IGRA."
- Oregon Casino Tribe
refuses to honor agreement with city - After a 14-year-long
agreement with the city of North Bend to pay a room tax similar
to other hoteliers in the city, the Coquille Indian Tribe is withholding
a three-month payment. Tribal Attorney Brett Kenney said the tribe
wants to renegotiate its contract and is withholding the nearly
Supreme Court Ruling - Group can sue over casino - Opponents
of the Three Rivers Casino in Florence will have their day in
court. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled this morning that People
Against A Casino Town, also known as PACT, have the right to challenge
the constitutionality of a compact signed by former Gov. John
Kitzhaber on the grounds that the Oregon Constitution prohibits
casinos. That compact led to the construction of the Three Rivers
Casino in Florence. The case now goes back to the Lane County
Circuit Court for a trial.
- Casino Victim Video - Now
Online - Recently, PACT interviewed a family victimized
by Oregon's predatory casinos. We feel compelled to share this
family's heart-wrenching story - a story that is undoubtedly being
repeated throughout Oregon. We again repeat the family's final
plea, "Is it worth it, Oregon? Is it worth it?" See
video: Is it worth
- Oregon pushing addictive
slots - Starting next month, an actor dressed as a knight
will go on television to urge Oregonians to try their hands at
video gambling. ... It will be the first time in the state's 16
years in the video gambling business that the Oregon Lottery uses
advertising to promote video poker and slot machine gaming. ...
The new campaign puts the state in the spot of touting a form
of gaming that some experts decry as highly addictive.
11/18/08 - Columbia
Gorge group asks for help - The bid to build a massive
casino in the Columbia Gorge is falling apart at all levels and
a soon departing Bush Administration can take the final step to
end the Gorge casino threat. While you may be eager to see this
Administration move on, we need your help to call on them one
more time. (Gorge casino
11/09/08 - Money crimes
linked to gambling - Embezzlement is at "epidemic
proportions," and prosecutors agree that gambling is behind
much of it. "Almost every embezzlement is driven by vice
- which, for at least the last five years, has been gambling,"
08/20/08 - Oregon -
Friends expose tribe's influence over casino process -
In several telling instances, tribal attorneys were given advance
drafts of agency documents and were permitted to revise the documents
before the agency released them to the public.
Supreme Court Rules against Governor - The Florida Supreme
Court ruled Thursday that Gov. Charlie Crist overstepped his authority
when he negotiated a deal last year that let the Seminole Tribe
of Florida install slot machines and offer table games at its
seven Florida casinos. The court said Crist could not allow the
tribe to conduct types of gambling that are now illegal in the
rest of the state. Although slot machines have been approved by
voters in some counties, state law prohibits other types of gambling
such as blackjack. "The governor has no authority to change
or amend state law," wrote Justice Raoul Cantero. Also see:
Court Opinion. PACT Editor's Note: This
case is particularly interesting for Oregon residents because
Oregon's State Constitution prohibits
casinos in Oregon, yet the Governor signed compacts similar
to the Florida case.
- Oregon Court of Appeals
issues decision - The Oregon Court of Appeals yesterday
delivered a setback to tribal casinos statewide, and to Governor
Kulongoski for signing the compact for the casino in Florence.
court ruled that the People Against a Casino Town (PACT), a group
of Florence citizens opposed to the Florence, Oregon casino, were
entitled to go forward with their suit against the Governor that
seeks to determine whether the he has the ability to enter into
these compacts in light of the Oregon Constitution's prohibition
is a great victory for PACT," said Kelly Clark, the lead
lawyer for the group. "These citizens have for four years
now held barbecues and bake sales to support this litigation;
meanwhile the state and the tribes have tried every trick in the
book to keep this question away from a hearing on the merits.
PACT simply wants the Governor to answer a very simple questionhow
is it that he keeps signing compacts to site casinos in a state
whose constitution clearly says 'no casinos?' Now, the state and
the Governor will have to give a defense to an action we believe
is indefensible under the constitution."
- Oregon casino initiative delay welcomed - Two Lake Oswego
businessmen confirmed on Friday something that has been obvious
to political observers for several weeks now: They will not proceed
with an initiative drive this year to establish Oregons
first non-tribal casino at the old Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood
Village. Oregon already is saturated with gambling opportunities
and there is little to be gained and a lot to be lost
by continuing to expand gambling in this state.
- Suicide at Oregon
- Though you probably won't find the information anywhere in the
regular media, a small local newspaper - near the bottom of page
3 - recently reported on a suicide at the Three Rivers Casino
- Oregon - $460,000
in taxes lost to casinos - A special law allows the OLCC
to sell alcohol to casinos at a discount of about 95% of what
is charged to non-casino restaurants and bars. PACT's analysis
of 2007 data shows that the State of Oregon lost $460,644 in 2007
net revenues (taxes) due to this legal loophole.
hearing held at casino in Warm Springs - A handful testified
against the casino. Mary Repar of Stevenson, Wash., treasurer
of the No Casino Committee, compared the Gorge to a beautiful
woman. ''A pretty woman attracts a lot of lovers who make midnight
promises,'' she said. ''They say they will respect her in the
morning. But Mother Earth is saying no.'' Speaking for himself,
spokesman Philip Harju of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, which plans
a casino in southwest Washington, supported the Warm Springs proposal.
''We want the BIA to understand that there were mills all up and
down the gorge, with wigwam burners going 24 hours a day,'' Harju
said. ''The mills dumped a lot of stuff in the river. So if the
Friends of the Gorge, or whatever front group they're using, claims
the Warm Springs are going to hurt the Gorge, what a crock.''
The hearing was the first of five to be held through March 17
to determine whether the tribe will be allowed to build a new
casino in Cascade Locks, Ore., on the Columbia River.
- City to negotiate for
casino security - The City of Florence may enter negotiations
with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw
Indians to provide police services to the Three Rivers Casino.
In a report to the City Council, Police Chief Maury Sanders says
he was approached by the Tribes' police chief about the possibility
of providing the services in exchange for the Tribes funding two
full-time sworn police officers. Also see: Most
civil laws don't apply at reservation casinos.
02/20/08 - Recession
will expose State's gambling habit - A lottery-dependent
Oregon budget insidiously weighted down by the silent impacts
of its tax-immune, social-obligation-free tribal casinos has as
much chance of beating the recession odds as the blue-haired lady
pumping quarters into the slot machine has of beating the house
01/17/08 - Slot Revenues
- What's the take? Between $227 and $403 per machine, per day.
Casino ahead of the game - The daily per-machine revenue is the
average amount of money left in a slot machine at the end of a
day after winners have been paid. It's a universal statistic in
the gambling industry for how well a casino performs.
01/11/08 - Columbia
Gorge still threatened with casino - Cascade Locks government
leaders learned last weekend that the Draft Environmental Impact
Statement outlining issues related to the siting of a tribal casino/resort
within the city will soon be released for public review. The DEIS
is expected to be published in the Federal Register within the
next several weeks, followed by five public hearings. The announcement
from the Interior keeps alive the long-standing proposal by the
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to build a 500,000 square
foot casino on 25 acres within Cascade Locks industrial
01/08/08 - PACT
- Oral Arguments at Court of Appeals - It might be as
soon as four months, or even as long as 10 months before the Court
of Appeals issued an opinion.
01/03/08 - U.S.
Dept. of Interior issues new off-reservation casino guidelines.
The DOI currently has pending 30 applications to take off-reservation
land into trust to allow the construction of new casinos.
10/15/07 - Casinos
fall short of expectations to curb poverty - Fourteen
years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, tribal casinos
in Tucson have not met federal and state requirements to lift
American Indians out of poverty and reduce their dependence on
10/15/07 - Report
raises doubts about casino spinoff claims - A survey of
casinos in other states was raising serious doubts about the high
expectations gambling supporters have voiced about the economic
spinoff from casinos. A wide-ranging survey by New York Times
reporter Gary Rivlin, published Sept. 22, showed that the American
Indian tribes with casinos in Connecticut and other states have
invested little in the states where they are located. Indeed,
after a few failures, such as the ferry-building business in which
Foxwoods Mashantucket Pequots invested, the report found,
the tribes are sticking to casinos, scouring the nation
for new gambling opportunities.
10/04/07 - Florida
Attorney General: The statistics are sobering - In communities
that permit Class III casino gambling, such as Las Vegas-style
slot machines, blackjack card games and even roulette or craps,
the crime rate is nearly twice the national average. Additionally,
statistics show that illegal gambling is significantly more prevalent
in states that have opened the door to legalized gambling. A recent
study found more than two-thirds of compulsive gamblers had engaged
in criminal activity, including violent crimes, because of a gambling
problem. (Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General, 10/4/07)
7/26/07 - New
study paints grim outlook for casino towns
A new report paints a potentially troubling picture of life in
Philadelphia after two casinos open up for business. The report
says crime could increase and the casinos could end up costing
more money than they bring in. (Report:
2007-Five-Year Plan Staff Report)
6/28/07 - New
Oregon law requires vote before casino siting - A new
law, signed by the governor on June 28, requires that any casino
wanting to locate inside city limits must be first approved by
a vote of the city residents. There is specific language which
excludes Indian casinos, which are the only casinos in Oregon
so far, from the voting requirement.
6/26/07 - Is your
town next? See 41
pending off-reservation casino applications.
- Oregon Land Use Laundering - Land use laundering: the
ploy used by local governments to facilitate casino expansion
without accounting for the impacts on land planning as usually
is required by zoning and other land use processes.
12/28/06 - Oregon
casino not safe - It is a five-story casino-hotel served
by a tiny fire district that doesn't have enough firefighters,
or a ladder truck that can reach above two floors. Gov. Ted Kulongoski
and his staff missed an opportunity earlier this year to address
fire safety concerns when they renegotiated the state's casino
compact with the Grand Ronde tribes. The only fire safety language
in the compact, which sets terms under which the casino can operate,
is a single sentence requiring the tribes to install effective
fire sprinkler systems, Zaitz reported. Local and state fire officials
weren't even asked to comment on the compact.
11/14/06 - "Government
as Brothel: What's Your Pleasure, Honey?"
Governor listen up. I am not yet an old man, and I plan on being
a thorn in your side, or that of your successor, for many years
to come. And the people of PACT are made of pure steel. So, no,
we won't go away. Not because of delay or obfuscation or Keystone
cop routines or not - this is the most outrageous of all - the
outlandish charge that anyone with the unmitigated temerity to
raise these issues is racist. We are not going away. Not until
someone in a black robe gives us an answer to our Very Simple
Public Gambling, ONU National Conference on Federal Policy towards
Tribal Gaming, Washington, D.C., November 14, 2006, by Kelly Clark,
09/25/06 - Gambling
with a child's life - The (Australian) State Government
has ordered a review of toy poker machines after it was revealed
children as young as four are playing life-like slot games. An
investigation by The Daily Telegraph has discovered toddlers are
at risk of developing dangerous gambling habits by playing with
toy poker machines. The replica slots are available in toyshops
and supermarkets, and encourage children to feed fake money into
09/02/06 - Oregon
decision kills casino sewer deal
- A new land
board ruling has derailed sewer plans for the Three Rivers Casino.
The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw
Indians have decided to build their own wastewater treatment plant
rather than face the delays and uncertainty of trying to hook
up to city sewer lines following a decision last week by the state
Land Use Board of Appeals.
8/24/06 - Good
News for the Gorge - That Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski would
jeopardize the unique scenic area bordering our two states is
disappointing. He did so by granting the Confederated Tribes of
Warm Springs permission to proceed with planning a huge casino
and resort at Cascade Locks, far from its Central Oregon reservation.
Without the governor's OK, there would be no threat of a casino
in the scenic area no worries about such a large increase in traffic,
pollution and harm to endangered species. Gov. John Kitzhaber,
who served before Kulongoski, rightly refused to let such a monstrosity
of human development in the gorge.
- What are other states doing about casinos?
See the ever-growing list of groups fighting casinos across the
nation at the USPACT web page.
6/16/06 - Children
as young as 11 years old addicted to gambling - "They
(the children) talk about personal problems, depression, and always
being penniless. Their gambling addiction isolates them, and when
they call us they do it secretly, so that their parents shouldn't
know," said Thore Paulsen, daily manager of the hotline.
Paulsen said that these children were very evasive when asked
where they find the money to support their compulsion. Also
see: Addicting our Children
- Casinos and Crime
- Here's sobering news for those who think casinos would jump-start
the local economies: "Even using conservative estimates of costs
and generous estimates of benefits, we still find the costs exceed
the benefits." By the fifth year of (casino) operation, robberies
were up 136%; aggravated assaults, 91%; auto theft, 78%; burglary,
50%; larceny, 38%; and rape, 21 %. Controlling for other factors,
8.6% of property crimes and 12.6 % of violent crimes were attributed
to casinos. " (Casinos
and Crime, 5/11/06)
- Casinos can pick who wins, how much, and when - Unlike
Nevada, in Oregon casinos, there are NO laws about the minimum amount
a slot machine must pay, or whether or not a casino can change
the odds while the customer is playing. With the new technology,
casinos in Oregon are free to choose which player wins, how much
they win, and when they win - all quietly from the back room. Is
this why they call it 'gaming', instead of gambling?
- How casino tribe jumped
into bed with the mob - The gambling money flowed so freely
that one or more members of an organized crime family showed up
one day with $300,000 in a duffel bag to spend on races, according
to a Treasury Department document. After the FBI's initial reluctance
to investigate, the scheme eventually resulted in an 88-count
indictment and 17 defendants in a New York federal court. They
are accused in a $200 million illegal gambling and money laundering
ring. Allegations include extortion and race fixing through horse
doping. Most have pleaded guilty or are scheduled
to do so this week. March 24, the U.S. Treasury Department announced
the tribe had agreed to pay a $1 million fine in six monthly installments
for negligence uncovered through "Seabiscuit." Gordon Warrior, the tribe's vice president,
said Anthony Street told him he negotiated the fine down from
- Hourly wages in Indian casinos
lag behind hospitality industry - Wages in Indian gaming
organizations are 7% below average wages for the same group of
hourly paid jobs for full service hotels. Average starting rates
were even lower, at 10% below.
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