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How do you say 'PR' in the Tiwa Language?

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  • Robert Schmidt
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/10/how_do_you_say_pr_in_the_tiwa.h tml October 25, 2007 How do you say PR in the Tiwa Language? Thomas Lifson A
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      October 25, 2007

      How do you say 'PR' in the Tiwa Language?

      Thomas Lifson

      A patron at the Sandia Resort and Casino was playing a slot machine when it
      indicated a $1.6 million jackpot, according to ABC News (hat tip: Drudge).
      But the lucky gambler, Gary Hoffman, hit hard luck when it came to getting
      the Indian reservation casino to pay off. No dice, as it were. The casino
      claims that it was a computer malfunction on the electronic-laden one armed
      bandit.

      "I won money, fair and square, and I've been cheated out of my
      winnings," Hoffman told ABC News.

      He has a poor chance of obtaining legal redress. ABC News writes:

      Native American tribes, as independent nations, have their own court
      systems and can be sued in state courts only under limited circumstances.
      New Mexico law generally does not allow tribes to be sued in a state court
      over a contract dispute, Kleiman said.

      Hoffman's lawyers say they should be able to sue the tribe over what
      they call big business. "They spent millions of dollars getting these
      customers, these gamblers, to come in and gamble money, then when someone
      hits it big, they say, 'Sorry, we are not going to pay you," said Hoffman's
      lawyer, Sam Bregman. "The jury is going to be outraged by that."

      The casino and the slot machine manufacturer have a plausible explanation,
      and call it a software problem. Everyone I know who has a computer has
      stories of computer malfunctions.

      The stakes of the Indian gaming industry dwarf Mr. Hoffman's claimed
      bonanza. I wonder how long it is going to take their trade association to
      realize that they could collectively lose billions in the long run? When
      the word gets out that the tribes can treat their customers with impunity
      and refuse to pay off the dream jackpot because they are beyond the reach
      of the law, it is going to be a lot tougher to peddle the fantasy of
      winning. The picture Mr. Hoffman took of himself with the screen
      proclaiming the jackpot behind him is powerful stuff. That very fantasy
      drives their customer traffic. The story that this lucky man never
      collected is a dream-killer.

      There is another set of casinos which is subject to American law. How much
      is it worth to them for people to know the sad tale of Gary Hoffman? If the
      tribes prevail, Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City casinos should fall all
      over themselves comping him room, meals and chips for televised gambling
      sprees, safe in a place where they always pay off. If Atlantic City's mayor
      is not otherwise indisposed, he could hand him the keys to the city, noting
      that New Jersey law will protect him.

      The Tiwa-speaking Sandia Pueblo tribe and all the other casino-owning
      tribes certainly do not want to give up the extraterritorial advantages
      they get by exemption from various laws and regulations, so they may be
      reluctant to submit this kind of case to American courts.

      They need to take a hard look at the PR cost to them of not paying off. If
      the trade association split the cost, it would be trivial. They might want
      to throw in a few million more to spend on R&D to make sure their slot
      machines never do this again.
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