Jim Craven responds to Time article on gambling casinos

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 9 09:50:34 MST 2002


Hi Louis,

Thanks for sending this; it was also out through the moccasin telegraph
service. Well it is more of the usual: BIA bullshit stats, the white
man's burden, no mention of genocide, a cartoon version of U.S. history
with respect to Indians, the whole thing.

Interestingly, some of their numbers comport with numbers I have
gathered on the ground so to speak:

Out of every gross profit $1.00 at typical casinos
                            -.51 ("investors" like Harrahs, Balley etc)
                            _____
                             .49
                            -.31 (licensing, consultants, taxes etc)
                            _____
                             .18
                            -.05 (BIA holding fees etc)
                            _____
                             .13
                            -.05 (Skimming by Tribal Aristocrats)
                            _____
                             .08 (Tribal programs--run by insiders,
                                   per capitas etc)
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