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Odds Haven't Favored Native Americans

November 07, 2002

Re "Get a Handle on Casinos," editorial, Nov. 4:

Given the history of Native Americans' treatment by settlers, miners, missionaries, land speculators, ranchers, oilmen and local, state and federal governments, you must have a broken sense of irony to complain of the "uncontrolled effects of casino construction and expansion on local communities."

A little inequity in the tribes' favor does not seem such a bad thing, given the historical perspective.

Greg Dziewit

San Diego

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It's a sad lesson that our political system has taught to the Native Americans: Either contribute large sums of money to politicians or remain marginalized.

Now, like others who lobby for special interests, Native Americans become another symbol of the need for public financing of campaigns.

Richard Baker

Beverly Hills

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