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Portland Mayor Opposes Casino

8 April 2005

PORTLAND, Oregon – As reported by the Portland Tribune:"Casino gambling may be creeping closer to Portland, but Mayor Tom Potter still wants nothing to do with it.

"The state of Oregon agreed this week to let the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs build a casino in Cascade Locks, a mere 40 miles from downtown Portland. If the project clears its bureaucratic hurdles, including approval by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, it could open by 2007 or 2008.

" But that doesn't mean casino gambling is destined for Portland, the state's largest market. Potter said he strongly opposes any effort to let casino gambling — tribal or otherwise — in the city.

"…A new poll showed general support for a tribal casino in Portland. The survey, conducted March 21 to March 25 by Riley Research, showed 49 percent of the Portland area in favor with 39 percent opposed. Those numbers went up to 64 percent in favor and 30 percent opposed if the state share of the revenue went to education.

"…Oregon's first tribal casino opened in 1993, and today, all nine of Oregon's federally recognized tribes operate a casino under the 1988 National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act…"

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