“Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, has been waging war against American Indian Tribes since 1988, ever since their trust status with the U.S. Government allowed them to own and operate casinos. Except for those he’d probably seen in Hollywood movies, Trump most likely had never even seen a real Indian before and perhaps wasn’t even aware we still existed. But when the Indian Gaming Industry hit the scene in 1989, Trump quickly got educated.” Native Sun News Editorial Board
Excerpt: Donald Trump wages war on the Indian gaming industry Native Sun News Editorial Board
“Casinos were already Trump’s forte, the arena from which he’d been amassing his fortune. He was already heavily involved in the operation of his Atlantic City Casinos, Trump Castle, Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal when Indian Gaming was first introduced. He quickly moved to halt Indian Gaming which he saw as competition to his three Atlantic City casinos, and filed a lawsuit in Federal Court claiming the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 was unconstitutional and discriminatory. However Trump soon found out that Treaties trump even Trump. He lost his fight when he found out that Indians enjoy a special trust status with the government.
When the lawsuit didn’t work, Trump then tried to influence the House Native American Affairs subcommittee by implying the Indian Gaming Industry was being overrun by organized crime and said it was obvious that the Mafia had infiltrated the industry. He also covertly spent $1 million in advertising trying to portray members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York as cocaine traffickers and career criminals. He then tried to collapse the industry through a burdensome tax increase of 34 percent imposed on tribes and their casinos.
When all of that didn’t work he switched to the tactics we’ve all become so familiar with watching him in action during the 2016 presidential race, belittling his opponents and hitting below the belt. He tried to partner with the Seminole Indians of Florida but was shot down by his old opponent, Jeb Bush. As is his usual response when criticized, fire back, he said of Bush when he wouldn’t negotiate the deal, It’s obvious that those so-called Indians have done a major number on his head.
The next step he took could be disastrous for the Indian Gaming Industry, his run for the Presidency of the United States. If he wins, according to the New York Times he would be responsible for appointing the leadership of the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the two agencies with control over gaming compacts, land-into-trust applications and other regulations.”
“Indian Country needs to be aware of Trump and his tactics and vote accordingly.” ~Native Sun News Editorial Board~