A recent Star Tribune poll found that 72 percent of all Minnesota resident adults want to end the tribal monopoly on gambling in the state.
Meanwhile, 23 percent said tribes should maintain exclusive rights to operate casino gambling facilities in Minnesota. The remaining 5 percent of the total 806 Minnesotans polled between May 2-5 didn’t know or refused to answer. The newspaper states the sampling has an error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.
Currently 18 American Indian casinos operate in the state, which is considering expanding gambling to bars, race tracks and creating a downtown Minneapolis casino with profits taxed.
John McCarthy, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, told the Star Tribune that many people do not realize the economic development casinos have provided Indian nations. “A lot of people don’t (see) the full impact of what tribal gaming has done for the economy in this state,” he said. “And so they’re misinformed. I guess that would be my bottom line.”