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Arizona Tribes Launch Pro-Casino Ad Campaign

16 November 2001

PHOENIX, Arizona – Nov. 16, 2001 –As reported by the Associated Press: "Arizona Indian tribes began an extensive new television and direct-mail campaign in preparation for either an initiative or legislative battle over the future of their casinos.

"The Arizona Indian Gaming Association, a consortium of 17 tribes, also has hired at least half a dozen political consultants.

"…U.S. District Court Judge Robert Broomfield ruled July 3 that the compacts that allow Arizona's tribes to operate casinos had been negotiated illegally by the state. The decision set up a fight over the future of Indian gambling.

"Experts say the legal defects with the compacting process can be remedied by an act of the Arizona Legislature or by a ballot initiative.

"…The recent mass mailing contains a return card that supporters can use to register with a group called Arizonans for Fair Gaming and Indian Self-Reliance.

"…The television ad shows a group of elected tribal leaders standing in a soft-lit desert setting with a voice-over citing the benefits of Indian gaming.

"…Mark Howell, a Phoenix-based political consultant, said the mass mailing could be used to identify gambling supporters who can then be encouraged later to pressure legislators…"

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