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Let Spokanes build casino

Gov. Jay Inslee needs to approve the Spokane Tribe’s application for a casino on its aboriginal area. The Spokane Indians, “Children of the Star People,” were allocated a reservation in 1881 far from the Spokane River and a way of life. This life included stick/gambling games.

The July 9 editorial against the Spokane Tribal casino was full of flimsy reasons for denying the tribe. Fairchild Air Force Base has remained neutral. Who is to say a second casino would cripple the Kalispels’ development efforts? The two tribes would be better off working toward agreements.

Imagine the Salish language being offered as a second language in Spokane Public Schools. The area powwows are filled with diversified tribes, and they are enjoyed by people of every background. There is so much to be learned from the Native American. Let the Spokane Tribe build their casino. No one will be forced to step a foot inside.

Bea Mourin


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