Native American Groups Call Out Legislators Over Remarks
Saturday Apr 18, 2015 11:26am
(SOUTH BEND) - Two Native American organizations are calling out a pair of Indiana lawmakers for their comments on Indian casinos.
The National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Gaming Association sent letters to State Representative Tom Dermondy and State Senator Jim Arnold expressing concerns about their actions and comments made to the media.
Arnold, a Democrat from Laporte, was quoted in an article in the Times of Northwest Indiana as saying ““I don’t want to say, ‘The Indians are coming, the Indians are coming.’ But they’re coming. We have to be prepared.”
National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest Stevens, Jr. said there’s no place in today’s society for tired stereotypes from a sad and tragic era.
Dermondy, a Laporte Republican, told the same newspaper last month “[w]e need to do whatever we can, and we know we’re limited, in making it not so easy for the Pokagon Band to develop a casino in South Bend.”
Stevens reminded the lawmakers that gaming conducted on Indian lands is governed solely by tribal and federal laws.