Minnesota Indian Gaming Association Protests Gambling Expansion

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Tribal gaming and government employees, vendors and supporters rallied yesterday outside the Minnesota State Capitol to protest gambling expansion proposed by the state legislature. The rally highlighted the fears of thousands of tribal employees who could lose their jobs if the legislature adopts any of the gambling expansion proposals now on the table. Both tribal leaders, and several legislatures, addressed the crowd. Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) representatives checked in a total of 55 buses yesterday, each carrying 50-60 people. Based on that figure, they estimated the crowd at between 2,750 and 3,000 — despite yesterday’s miserable weather conditions.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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