Casino Surveillance News
March 2012Welcome back to Casino Surveillance News, the longest-running trade letter for our little niche in the casino world. The news this month is a little thin on the ground, partly because it has only been three weeks since the last issue. I'm still trying to catch up. The news-only portion of this newsletter can be seen at http://casinosurveillancenews.com/newsletter-2
CSN News:Once again, the Keynote article is not specifically related to Surveillance. It is, however related to casinos and their impact on the lives of the people who benefit from them. If you are of American Indian heritage, or work for an Indian casino, you might want to read it. The events about which this is written will have an impact on your life.
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BUSTS AND SCAMS:Two Oregon men face felony charges after allegedly trying to pass fake $100 bills at Spirit Mountain Casino, which led authorities to more counterfeit bills and money-manufacturing equipment. See the story A local Toronto man is behind bars after police say he tried to make off with $70,000 in gaming chips from Niagara Fallsview Casino in Ontario, Canada. See the story Two employees at the Resorts World casino in New York were caught making fake comp cards and selling them to gamblers. See the story Cyprus authorities say they will drop charges against dozens of elderly women for gambling after reports of their prosecution triggered disbelief among the public. Some 42 women aged between 60 and 98 had received a summons to appear in court after police nabbed them playing a local version of gin rummy at a private residence in 2009. See the story Sheriff's deputies and private security patrolled the California Chukchansi government center to make sure both sides of a leadership dispute that led to a violent skirmish a day earlier complied with a stay-away order so tempers could cool. See the story [See also Editorial below] The sports gambling site Bodog was shut down and four Canadians indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors announced. See the story at these two links: Link 1 , Link 2
ONLINE POKER NEWS:A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with a government crackdown on Internet poker gambling that shut down the three largest online poker companies in the U.S. See the story
OTHER CASINO NEWS:No state helped the gambling industry come out of a two-year recessionary slump more than Pennsylvania, which has seen more than a $1 billion increase in revenue during the past two fiscal years. Yet, like most states which have recently legalized casino gaming, it has not come close yet to meeting expected revenues for the state. See the story Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn might soon be banned from the Philippines. A House of Representatives committee in Manila voted to ban the colorful CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd. from ever doing business there. Philippine gaming regulators will now take up the measure. See the story
Keynote Article:This is an EDITORIAL OPINION piece. Feel free to skip it. If you are of Indian blood or work for an Indian casino, you may want to read it.
I Cry For My PeopleI cry for my people. Recent events in California, on the approaches to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, bring tears to my eyes and prayers to my lips. I smoke, and send my prayers to Grandfather, whatever his name amongst the many languages of my people. My people, of whatever region or tribe, have survived smallpox, measles, venereal diseases, drug addiction, alcoholism, and many other ills brought to this continent by Europeans and others. My people have survived massacres, forced and sometimes violent relocations, wars, service in the military of their adopted country, neglect, and even have survived the evils associated with welfare and government edict, government payoffs for tribal identity and tribal lands, and many other US Government interferences with their identity, usually to the benefit of corporate or private greed. My People have had their lands and languages and religion taken away, been forced to adopt the religions of their oppressors, and have still survived to maintain their identity and their souls. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, our leaders are falling victim to the final blow. I choose the example above because I have worked with some of the People on this reservation, and so has my closest non-family brother. They are falling victim, as have many others over the last three centuries, and the last three decades, to something I call White Man's Disease. They are not alone. Many tribes have thus fallen victim, in various ways. The final blow is to become what they have survived for so long. They are becoming the same as those they have resisted: their life motivation is White Man's Disease. It is obvious that many have not yet fallen victim. On several reservations where I have taught my skills, the tribe has used the proceeds and profits from casino operations to benefit the tribe in many ways. Most especially to make it more independent of the US Government: they have built schools, hired teachers of ability, built clinics and hospitals and brought doctors in to provide medical care for the people. They have supported their grandfathers and grandmothers, widows and orphans, created programs to pull the People away from the other diseases of drug and alcohol addiction, and generally benefitted the Tribe in general through building programs to bring the supporting services denied to them by former administrations, including such programs as sewer, electrical power, roads and transportation programs for seniors and the disabled. They have diversified their finances, creating other businesses both in support of casino operations and completely in addition to them, creating hundreds and thousands of jobs on and off reservation. They have benefitted their local communities as well as the People themselves. They have put the People to work, trained them, and in many, many cases completely turned around the descending spiral that our people have been in for three hundred years. In the early years of this century, though, I have been watching as tribal leaders succumbed to White Man's Disease. It is not a new phenomenon. I saw it back it the sixties and seventies, when tribal "leaders" controlled the flow of government program money to their friends and relatives, and denied aid to those who opposed their prominence in tribal government. ONE such instance resulted in the Wounded Knee incident of 1973, and there were several others within that decade. I watched entire tribes sell off their reservations for money, so that they could buy the trappings of the white man's world: cars, fancy gewgaws, drugs and alcohol. Oklahoma tribes were nearly destroyed completely by the discovery of oil beneath their lands, which had been "granted" to them in the previous century only because the government thought those lands were worthless. Many, many times since the seventies, I have seen similar things happening in Indian country. Since Indian gaming was legalized in 1988, we have seen many more. Because, for the first time in many instances, there was a real revenue stream available to a reservation People, a few decided to cash in on it. When they did, they began campaigns to exclude anyone else they possibly could. White Man's Disease: Among the people of my parents' heritage, it is known as GREED. It is one of the first of the seven deadly sins of the Catholic Church and many other Christian faiths. It generates other sins, and it is believed to destroy the innocence of the soul. We have seen, over the last few years, many instances of greed. Tribes have moved to exclude entire families who have been considered a part of the tribe for entire generations. US Government edicts have been issued; tribal payments both from US Government and tribal enterprises have been cut off from tribal people on the basis of documents reaching back into the previous two centuries. Documents which were questionable at best, and crooked at worst. What is the real basis? To reduce the number of people receiving benefits of tribal operations when they are finally starting to get on their feet. One should look at the real basis of inclusion and exclusion. Were these people a part of the tribal life? Does blood count for so much? How many of our tribes have adopted people by marriage, or taken in orphaned children, or saved colonies and fed them when they were starving? Many of these people became part of the tribes. Yet, did they fit current government standards because of a "blood percentage" of 1/64th or 1/32nd? Their children fit, true. It looks, from my perspective, as if some of our tribal leaders are adopting the standards of the government and using them for personal advantage. They want to control the money flow, they want to control who gets the higher-paying jobs and other benefits from our first money making operations in 300 years. White Man's Disease. Greed. Greed for money and greed for power. Neither is a desired part of our heritage. Neither is something we want to preserve. Let us just package up this greed and send it back where it came from, to the politicians in Washington, to the state politicians who wish they were in Washington, and drop it by the wayside. Give it to the crooked politicians, who already have it in abundance. We don't need it. Let us take the income from the casino operations, diversify, use the money to benefit the People: all of them, including the adoptees, the children and the seniors and the others for whom we are responsible. How many jobs does a hospital or a school create, both directly and indirectly? How many jobs does a solar-power manufacturer create? A farm? Construction company? How much more money and security can this type of diversification bring to our People, many of whom would never consider working in a casino, or directly taking the money of their neighbors for no return? I cry for my people, who are falling to the final blow, and becoming their own conquerors. I cry for my people. Jim Goding * * *
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