Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Donald Trump: Not Just Mexicans, Native Americans Too

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has been in the news for inarticulate, some say racist comments about Mexican immigrants, but remember  when he was against NATIVE AMERICANS too?

The NYTIMES article from 1993

Donald J. Trump, who owns three casinos in Atlantic City, has sued the Federal Government, maintaining that allowing Indian tribes to open casinos discriminates against him.

The Trump lawsuit, filed Friday in Federal District Court in Newark, gives legal voice to fears that growth in legalized gambling threatens New Jersey's casino monopoly on the East Coast.


The suit's thrust is that the Federal law that allows Indian casinos, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, violates the Constitution's Tenth Amendment, which reserves for states all rights not expressly given to the Federal Government. The suit maintains that the law gives an advantage to "a very limited class of citizens," American Indians, at the expense of other citizens. Outgrowth of 'Casino Nights'
In filing suit, Mr. Trump took aim at operations such as Connecticut's hugely successful Foxwoods Casino, which has been drawing capacity crowds since it opened last year.
The Mashantucket Pequots, a small and obscure Connecticut tribe, won the right to establish casino gambling on their reservation in Ledyard based in part on a provision in the 1988 Federal law that any form of gambling otherwise allowed in the state must be permitted on a reservation.
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