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Shutdown of tribal casinos deals blow to Indian Country


Ted S. Warren – Associated Press

In this April 30, 2020, photo, a closed sign and a hotel still under construction are shown at the new Emerald Queen Casino, owned by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, in Tacoma, Wash. Hundreds of tribal casinos across the country have voluntarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, in many cases taking away a tribe's primary source of revenue used to operate tribal government and social programs.

SPOKANE, Wash. - When the Kalispel Tribe of Indians closed its casino as the coronavirus took hold in Washington state, it essentially shut down its economy.

That difficult choice has played out nationwide as some 500 Native American casinos have voluntarily closed during the pandemic, often taking away tribes' main source of income in an effort to protect people's health in communities with limited medical resources.


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