Tribal employees to rally at Capitol on Tuesday

24 April 2011

Tribal employees, vendors and supporters will hold a “Don’t Gamble With Our Jobs” rally on the steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday (April 26) at 1 pm. The event is designed to highlight the fears of thousands of tribal employees who could lose their jobs if the legislature adopts any of the gambling expansion proposals now on the table.

Tribal leaders and legislators of both parties will make brief remarks during the event. Former State Representative Frank Moe will serve as master of ceremonies.

Proposals to authorize racinos at racetracks and slots in neighborhood bars have the potential to cause huge revenue losses to Indian tribes, said John McCarthy, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA).

“These proposals are job-killers, especially for rural Minnesota,” McCarthy said. “Once the legislature opens the expansion floodgates, thousands of tribal employees will lose their jobs and benefits. That’s why they’re coming to the Capitol on Tuesday–they want the legislature and the public to understand what’s really at stake in this expansion debate.”