Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indian Tribe to Operate National Lottery Game

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indian Tribe to Operate National Lottery Game

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The Coeur d'Alene tribe of Idaho announced plans Monday for a national lottery using toll-free telephone calls and credit cards.

Introduced with a fanfare of Indian drums and dancers at a National Press Club news conference, the National Indian Lottery is expected to begin operations in the fall, according to David Matheson, general manager of the project.

Through this lottery, "Indian tribes are looking to preserve their lands, to preserve their identity," said Ernest Stensgar, Coeur d'Alene tribal chairman. He recalled what he termed broken promises by the federal government over the years, including the taking of tribal lands.

The lottery is an economic tool used extensively in America today, Matheson said, but "economic tools do not visit the reservation very often."

The lottery will be available by a toll-free telephone number to the residents of the 36 states and the District of Columbia where lotteries are now played. The closest thing to a national lottery is Powerball, which is run from Des Moines, Iowa, and played in 16 states, including Missouri, and the District of Columbia. …

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