Oregon tribal casino opposition reaches Washington

Nov 4, 2013 7:02 PM

Opposition to a tribal casino in Medford, Oregon, has reached Washington, D.C., where the state’s two senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are working to kill the project.

As it stands, Oregon has nine casinos, each run by a different tribe. Now the Coquille Indian Tribe, whose casino is in North Bend, wants to turn a Medford bowling alley into a casino.

In a letter to Kevin Washburn, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior, Wyden and Merkley expressed their strong opposition to the plan.

The casino is also opposed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Jackson County commissioners.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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