November 14, 2012—On November 9th, the Wall Street Journal reported on a “turf battle” between two Native American tribes in Oregon over a proposed tribal casino. The Coquille Indian Tribe is planning a Class II gaming facility in Medford, Oregon, to generate revenue to better meet its social welfare needs. As a Class II facility, the casino would offer only electronic bingo machines, not slot machines. The site for the proposed casino is not on the Tribe’s reservation and the Tribe first needs to obtain federal approval for the land to be taken into trust for gaming purposes. Opposing the proposed casino is the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, which fears that the new casino would draw away customers from its casino located 70 miles north of Medford. To illustrate the overall success of Indian gaming in Oregon in recent years, the WSJ article cites data from the Indian Gaming Industry Report, an annual study authored by Principal Economist Alan Meister.
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