Letters to the Editor

Not spreading it around

When California voters passed Indian gaming Propositions 5 and 1A, they assumed all California Indians would benefit. Instead, only a select small percentage of California Indians reap the benefits, while the vast majority live in poverty and many still on welfare.

The San Francisco Chronicle recently cited California Research Bureau statistics reporting that only 13% or 40,000 of California's 300,000 American Indians will see any direct benefit of gaming.

Table Mountain is a prime example of the violation of the American Indian Civil Rights Act. They have about 74 members in that tribe who make millions per year.

Bob Brantley