Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Republican primary in Michigan on Tuesday.
Romney won 38.9 percent of the vote, easily surpassing Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), who had 29.7 percent of the vote and won the New Hampshire primary last week. In third was former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who had 16.1 percent and won the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.
Romney has been criticized for switching his positions. When he was running for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he supported gaming efforts by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe.
But as governor of Massachusetts, he opposed efforts to legalize Class III gaming. He now opposes
all forms of gaming -- even in Indian Country -- according to information posted by The Salt Lake Tribune.
The shift puts Romney more in line with positions of the Mormon Church. As he embarks on his campaign, he faces questions about his ability to stand independent from his religion, which teaches that Native people descend from a "lost" Jewish tribe. The church forcibly placed 20,000 Native children, mostly Navajos, in Mormon homes for 50 years.
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