Bustamante stood with tribes before gaming
Monday, September 8, 2003

Long before tribes in California began to enjoy the benefits of Indian gaming, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has been at their side.

Bustamante told The Los Angeles Times that his support comes from a desire to end poverty in Indian Country. "You know what happened to them over the last 100 years � given land nobody else wanted," he told the paper. "Gaming is a means to an end, a way to do economic development."

As a former state lawmaker, he stood with tribes on a number of legislative issues. He won some and lost some. "I'd like everyone to give us a moment of silence, because we are now destroying Indian sovereignty," he said after losing a vote against gaming compacts that most tribes opposed.

According to The Times, Bustamante has received about $4 million from tribes since 1993.

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