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As Casinos Struggle, Tribes Seek More Federal Aid

FoxwoodsLEDYARD, Conn. (AP) — As a gambling slump squeezes profits at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, the tribe that owns the famously successful enterprise in southeastern Connecticut has begun receiving more assistance in the form of U.S. government grants.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act show the money provided annually to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation through the Interior Department and the Department of Health and Human Services has risen to more than $4.5 million. One former tribal employee says department leaders were encouraged to seek funding through federal grants.

Several other gaming tribes have been pursuing more federal grant money — a trend that critics find galling because the primary purpose of the law that gave rise to Indian casinos was to help tribes become financially self-sufficient.

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    In a 2004 report by the US Department of Justice, researchers interviewed people who had been arrested in Las Vegas and Des Moines and found that the percentage of problem or pathological gamblers among the arrestees was three to five times higher than in the general population. According to some police reports, incidences of reported crime often double and triple in communities within three years of a casino opening.

  • bagpip

    WTF???? They are raking in billions from casinos, and WE ARE GIVING THEM GRANTS??? This is everything that is wrong with our government. They deserve no financial help while they are operating casinos and making money.