Ore. casino plan generates opposition from tribe

Apr 29, 2013 6:31 PM

A plan to turn a bowling alley and restaurant in downtown Medford, Oregon, into a casino, has drawn the ire of a competing tribal nation and may even generate opposition from the governor.

Last week, the Medford City Council heard details to the plan from the Coquille Indian Tribe that already operates a gambling property in North Bend.

Opposing is the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians that operates a casino about 70 miles away from Medord along Interstate 5. They contend that it has “ancient rights to this area as well as a modern presence.”

Gov. John Kitzhaber is on record as saying tribes should be limited to one casino.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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