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Yukon Tribal Chief Proposes Casino

8 September 2006

YUKON – As reported by the Whitehorse Star: "A casino in Whitehorse and a collective first nations gambling commission is needed in the territory.

"James Allen, chief of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN), said in a recent interview he would like to sit down with the government to discuss a first nations-run casino in the territory but has found the government less than receptive.

"…Premier Dennis Fentie and members of his cabinet don't appear interested in discussing the issue, the chief added.

"Allen said his government has had a feasibility study done to assess the viability of a small casino on CAFN settlement land just outside city limits.

"It has also discussed setting up a casino or bingo hall in Whitehorse in co-operation with other first nations such as the Kwanlin Dun and Ta'an Kwatch'an Council…"

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