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Tribe provided anti-casino shirts

Can you tell me how many people the Cow Creek Tribe brought down to the public hearing on a proposed Medford casino? And who gave the people the shirts to wear? And what percentage of the people were not from the Medford area?

— Tim and Tammy

A large contingent of people attended a Feb. 3 Bureau of Indian Affairs hearing in Medford wearing bright yellow shirts proclaiming their opposition to the Coquille Tribe's proposal to build a casino in Medford.

The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe, which operates the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, is opposed to the proposed Medford casino, saying it would harm its business and the services funded by Seven Feathers revenue.

The Cow Creek Band brought busloads of its tribal members and Seven Feathers employees to the hearing and gave them the T-shirts to wear, said Susan Farris, spokesperson for the Cow Creek Band.

They also handed out extras at the meeting, she said.

"A lot of people asked for one," Farris said. "I had many people come up to me and say, 'Where can I get one of those?' I wouldn't be surprised if we print up some more."

It's impossible to know exactly what percentage of people at the meeting were local. Most people testified against a Medford casino.

Farris said the tribe provided at least 200 T-shirts to tribal members, Seven Feathers employees and people at the meeting opposed to a new casino. She said it was a way to show unity among opponents.

She said people were bused down from the Canyonville and Roseburg area, and buses also made stops to pick up casino opponents along the way to Medford.

A smaller number of people were wearing green T-shirts supporting the Coquille Tribe's Medford casino proposal. The Coquille Tribe operates a casino north of Coos Bay but wants a second casino in the more-populated Rogue Valley.

The Coquille Tribe did not return phone calls asking whether it had provided the pro-casino T-shirts.

Farris said she believes the Coquille Tribe provided the pro-casino T-shirts.

"They had the same bright idea," she said.

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