Tim Raphael, Governor Kitzhaber’s spokesman, told The Oregonian that authorizing a non-tribal casino would break the agreement made with Native American tribes. Casinos are illegal in Oregon, however tribes are allowed to operate casino on Native American land under federal law. The agreement: just one casino per tribe, and no competition.
“They kept their end of the bargain,” Raphael explained to The Oregonian. “It’s wrong to break our agreement.”
Former Governors Vic Atiyeh, Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski have also publicly opposed the measures.
A casino may not be the best thing to happen to the Portland area, but the last time I checked,
- competition is good for capitalism
- all demographics of people are entitled to a business
- people should be free to throw their money away