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Arizona Tribes Claim Racetrack Ads Misinform Public

20 March 2001

PHOENIX, Arizona – March 20, 2001 –As reported by the Associated Press: "American Indian tribes in Arizona say an advertising campaign waged by the dog and horse racing industry is misleading the public in an attempt to win political points.

"`There's a lot of misinformation out there,' said David LaSarte, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. `The tracks are trying to leverage themselves into a position of strength so that they can get slot machines at every track.'

"The racetrack advertisements warn that 6,000 jobs could be lost if Gov. Jane Hull agrees to more slot machines in casinos and house-banked card games like blackjack. Hull is negotiating gaming compacts with tribes, whose current agreements expire in 2003.

"…That could double the number of machines around the Phoenix area, and that's what has racetracks fearing for the fate of their business. They've filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to stop the compact negotiations and declare Indian gaming illegal.

"Cheryl Walsh, a lobbyist for Coalition for Fairness and Gaming, said racetracks would consider slot machines if that was the only way for them to survive…"

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