By Brenda Norrell
Photos copyright Wayland Gray
PHOENIX -- Wayland Gray said
defenders of the burial grounds in Hickory Ground, Alabama, were removed from the National Indian Gaming Conference in Phoenix today at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Bunky Echo-Hawk was painting a live painting in defense of the Muscogee Creek ancestors who were unearthed and moved for the construction of a casino.
"They have to protect the check," Gray said, adding that the Poarch Band of Creek were the largest donor to NIGA.
The removal of ancestors remains and construction of the casino were carried out by the Poarch Band of Creek.
Open Secrets reveals that the Poarch Band are the top donor in Indian gaming influencing Congressmen with dollars and lobbyists in Washington in 2015 -- 2016.
The film Casino Jack is the true story of how non-Indians used Indian sovereignty to create gambling casinos on Indian land. The lobbyists became billionaires.
One of the first public relations moves was to change the word gambling to gaming.
The truth was largely concealed for years since the national Indian media became controlled by casino dollars. The media censored efforts to expose the profiteering by non-Indians.
It continues today. Drive across the Tohono O'odham Nation and you will see Desert Diamond Casino's millions, possibly billions, did not go to O'odham. Millions go to non-Indian lobbyists, management firms, attorneys, non-Indian charities and the State of Arizona which forced tribes into giving the state a large percentage before agreeing to compacts.
The media continues to censor the gambling addiction destroying lives in Indian country.
A small number of tribal politicians and lobbyists reap the wealth.Indian Tribes paid lobbyists $25.9 million to influence Congressmen in 2015.