|A poll conducted by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association showed that 78 percent of respondents approved of tribal casinos. The survey took in the opinions of 1,200 Californians and was conducted in June by an independent polling organization.|
The results of the poll will cause significant thought to those who oppose gaming on tribal land, something that has been open to much political discussion in both the U.S and Canada, where provincial police recently launched an investigation into the legality of online casino sites operating from the Kahnawake reserve.
Tribes in the U.S say that they have the right to operate and license casinos on their own land as they claim territorial sovereignty from federal government.
Susan Jensen, a representative for the Indian Gaming Association said “There are obviously people out there that oppose (tribal gaming), but she then went on to say that, “ They are very much in the minority.”
“I think its terrible,” Said Shirley Arnold, an ex-member of Stand Up For California, a group opposed to the expansion of gambling, “I think (tribal gaming) does more to destroy than it does to create.”