Saying it will boost the economy near Farmington, New Mexico, tribal officials from the Navajo Nation have opened its third casino.
For several years the tribe was reluctant to build casinos. Many were concerned about compulsive gambling and the potential for increased crime. Raymond Etsitty runs Navajo Gaming Enterprise. For him it’s about the jobs.
"They now have a paycheck," said Etsitty. "They’re now buying things. Seeing a family who the employee works here they’re going out on the town buying some food, buying a car. That’s nice."
Saying what was taken from its lands belongs to it, the nation's largest Native American tribe wants to force the National Park Service to return and rebury the human remains exhumed in prior years from Canyon de Chelly. In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, attorneys for the tribe said the 1933 law establishing the national monument gave the federal government the power to administer the lands in northeast Arizona. And they said the tribe did not give up its title to the land.
Ganado, AZ – The new2010 census shows a steady growth in the Native American population over the past ten years across the southwest. But the country's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region, actually saw its population shrink by 3 percent. In the final installment of our Fronteras series Sensing Change, Daniel Kraker (PR: CROCKER) visited the small reservation town of Ganado, Arizona, to find out where the people are going.
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