Kudoes to President Robert Odawi Porter, for his words. I cringe, whenever I hear of incidents in Indian Country, knowing that it will always be reflected back at all of us, by an all-too-frequent attitude of paternalism and racism. Yes, we may have tribal citizens who do not always make wise choices. Is there any segment of the population who does not? Yes, we may also have some corrupt tribal governments, but do we not hear of corruption at all levels of government, be it city, county, state, or federal? Since the success of gaming in Indian Country, attention has been focused at us, and I would also think a great deal of jealousy. No one seemed to care when ALL native people were poor, but now that SOME tribes have had varying degrees of financial success, every mis-step is gleefully celebrated by those who seem to think we should remain in the shadows, without a voice. Gaming is certainly not a new business in this country, as evidenced by those states who've allowed it for decades. No one seemed to care that there were casino-moguls who grew very wealthy... in fact, that was all part of the grand scheme of American capitalism. However, since the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act REQUIRES that tribes make a compact with the states in which they are located, Indian gaming has generally benefited their local economies, and brought much needed dollars to state governments as well. Employment, charitable donations... all provided by tribes. But let something like this happen... and we are all reduced to caricatures and stereotypes. I don't know exactly what went down here... who started it, who was at fault... I'll be interested in the full story. But it certainly does get tiresome to hear the same old ugly racist remarks being thrown out there. "When we do good, no one remembers. When we do bad, no one forgets."