Gaming Funds KIC
by Elroy C. Edenshaw Jr.
March 02, 2005
This is more of a letter to
give you the heads up on an important issue now on the table
of our KIC tribal council for consideration.
The issue is that they plan on taking the gaming funds away from
the membership. The plan is that the gaming funds would
go towards a economic development deficit. which is $500,000+
in the hole. Also part of the plan would be that the gaming funds
would continue to go to that deficit for the next five years
or till economic development is in the black.
My opinion is that the funds generated from our gaming should
go to the membership. Which is what the funds are meant
for in the first place. My feeling is there needs to be some
other solution concerning the deficit in economic development.
To me taking away from the membership to fix bad decisions from
the past is wrong. I would like to see some other solution to
this deficit. Punishing the membership is wrong. The funds from
gaming should and always continue to go to the membership, no
matter what happens at KIC.
I don't know how some of you
feel about this? But, for my self I feel that the membership
should step up to the plate and speak up and let our tribal council
know this is wrong or at least come up with some other solution.
I only ask you that feel the same as I do to do something about
it. Like, writing letters to our tribal council. Maybe calling
or e-mailing our tribal council to express your concern or going
to KIC tribal council meetings and speaking to our tribal council
during persons to be heard.
I would like to encourage you to speak to other tribal members
of this, even if you think this is appropriate action. At least
if more members know of this action and they decide to speak
for or against this issue to our tribal council, then at least
our tribal council can make a good sound decision based on our
membership's needs. Which, should be how things should be done
at KIC. Not done by a select few.
Please- do something.
Elroy C. Edenshaw Jr.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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