Target: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Goal: Block the off-reservation casino that will burden the city of Spokane, Washington
The Spokane Tribe in Washington State is seeking an exception that will allow the construction of a casino in Washington’s second largest city. Casinos in urban areas are known to damage communities by undermining small businesses, increasing crime, and congesting traffic. The Spokane Tribe must not be allowed to build a casino in the city of Spokane.
When the Spokane Tribe purchased the land in question, they publicly stated that they had no intention of ‘engaging in gambling’ on that site. The tribe already owns two casinos in the area, but now believes this city location will be far more lucrative. Because the land is not on a reservation, casino construction there is prohibited. However, exceptions can be made through appeal to the Department of the Interior. To make this rare exception will set a precedent for urban areas across America, a trend that would have terrible consequences for our country.
While casinos in rural areas tend to boost the local economy by drawing in visitors, city casinos are known to have the opposite effect. Recent studies show that the vast majority of money spent at urban casinos is from local residents, which drains money from small businesses in the area. They also correlate with increases in rape, murder, and other violent crimes, as well as property crimes such as theft. This casino will be nothing but a burden to the city of Spokane.
The Spokane Tribe must preserve the community by following the rules and keeping casinos out of our cities. By signing the petition below, you can ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to allow a casino to be built in the city of Spokane.
Dear Secretary Salazar,
The Spokane Tribe’s request to build a casino in Spokane, WA threatens to set a dangerous precedent for cities across our country. Recent Attorney General reports have documented the effects of casinos in urban areas, and the results are sinister. This casino will bring heavy traffic congestion and increased rates of violent crime to Spokane. It will also burden small businesses by draining local spending money, an effect the city cannot withstand in this economy.
The Spokane Tribe specifically stated that they had no intention of building a casino on this land when it was acquired. Now they wish to go back on this statement, and will set an example for cities across our nation that can have only negative consequences. Please don’t allow the spread of gambling in our cities. Reject the request to build a casino in Spokane.
[Your Name Here]
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