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Smoke Signals
DECEMBER 15,2013
Spirit Mountain launches
virtual casino games
By Hon Karten
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The K'inu'H that went online Nov.
(') at Spirit Mountain Casino can
be played anywhere through the
Internet and there is a link on the
casino'H Web nite www.wpirit
mountain.com that will bring
you there.
These games play like the real
thing, except for no bets and no
payouts.
'The online experience is a mar
keting tool," said Spirit Mountain
Casino General Manager Handy
Dugger. "Whether it brings people
into the building will take some
time to see. We have not marketed
it as fully as we will be able to
do when we have more informa
tion and can see the patterns and
preferences of players that we can
leverage into brick-and-mortar
visits."
iGaming, as the casino calls the
gaming experience, keep players in
terested with the sights and sounds
of the casino games, even when
they are not in the building.
"Players throughout the Pacific
Northwest know Spirit Mountain
Casino as Oregon's largest casino
and entertainment destination,"
said casino Advertising Manager
Angela LaBarbera in a press re
lease on the new platform. "Now
the brand and experience they love
has a new destination, one that is
as close as their computer, laptop
or mobile device."
Tribal Council Chairman Reyn
Leno said at the Dec. 10 Legislative
Action Committee meeting that the
site has received 10,000 individual
hits and 33 percent of those people
came back to register.
"We're getting a real good re
sponse," Ixtio said.
The software program is called
nLine, from Australia-based Aris
tocrat Technologies, and has an
international casino following, ac
cording to the company. Programs
are tailored to individual gaming
operations, like Spirit Mountain,
to allow marketing on a local or
larger scale. Aristocrat also sup
plies many of Spirit Mountain's
onsite machines.
In the last month, some 4,000
have registered to play the iGam
ing offerings at Spirit Mountain.
On average, some 6,500 customers
visit the casino daily.
It is too early for the casino to
evaluate how many playing online
also will visit the casino, LaBarbera
said.
"We are giving the site 60 to 90
days to gather information before
we sit down and dissect what it all
means," she said.
What they know already, how
ever, is "the iGaming site has in
creased overall traffic to our Web
site allowing us to promote our
Players Club, dining, lodging and
gaming."
About half of the games available
online are also on the casino floor.
Some of these are 5 Dragons, 50
Lions, Big Red Buffalo, Imperial
House, Miss Kitty, More Chilli,
Queen of the Nile and Sun and
Moon; also table games Hi Lo Soli
taire, Jacks of Better, Pro Blackjack
and Roulette.
A third-party verification process
keeps anyone younger than 21 off the
Internet site, LaBarbera said.
American Indian Nations from
Termination to Restoration, 1953-2006
Roberta Ulrich
When the U S government ended itt rrurftonahip wtth dozen of Nallrt
American ttihn and binds between 191 J and 196. it was engaging In mauave
social experiment. Congresa enacted the program, known at terminal ion. in the
name of "freeing" the Indian from government reatrktkHu and improving their
quality of lite. However, removing the federal ctatua of more than nine doxen
tribe acrou the country plunged many of their nearly 1J..000 members into
deeper levels of poverty and eroded the tribal people! sense of Native identity.
Beginning in 1971 and extending over a twenty year period, the terminated tribes,
one by one. persuaded Congress to restore their ties to the federal government.
Nonetheless. 10 much damage had been done that even today the restored tribes
struggle to overcome the problems created by those terminations a half century
ago.
Roberta L'lrich provides a concise overview of all the terminations and
rrtlorallimt f Native American tribes from isisj to 2006 and explore the
enduring policy implications tor Native peoples, this is the first book to
consider all the terminations and restorations in the twentieth century as part
of continuing pjlicy while detailing some of the individual tribal differences.
Drawing from Congressional records, interviews with tribal members, and other
primary sources, Ulrich delves Into the causes and effects of termination and
restoration from both sides.
Roberta Ulrich is a retired newspaper reporter. She ia the author of Empty Nets:
Indians, Dams, and the Columbia River.
: American Indian
I Nations from
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1953-2006
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Photo by Michelle Alaimo
With temperatures in the 20s, Tayah Holmes, 4,
keeps herself bundled in a blanket to stay warm
during the first annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
held at the old powwow grounds on the Tribal
campus on Wednesday, Dec. 4. About 30 people
attended the event. After the tree was lit, Christmas carols were sung.
Tribal Elders had the idea to start a tree lighting ceremony to help
bring the community together.
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Elder Bingo will be held at 12:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday
of the month at the Elders' Activity Center. For more information, contact
Elder Activity Assistant Daniel Ham at 503-879-2233. B
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde's 477 Employment and
Training Program and Land and Culture Department have resources
that can be utilized along with community members who have a pas
sion for gardening or want to learn the art of agriculture.
If you are a Grand Ronde Tribal community member and want to be
a part of the planning, preparation and cultivation of the Tribal garden
and orchard site for next year's planting season, contact Barbara Gib
bons at 800-242-8196, ext. 2135, or e-mail barbara.gibbonsgrandronde.
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