Add Your Voice – Before It’s Too Late!
Tell the Bureau of Indian Affairs that this casino needs a comprehensive review and full public input:
Make your voice heard. Email the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Read or Edit the Petition
Salem Doesn’t Need More Traffic and a Las Vegas Casino in Our Neighborhood
The Siletz Tribe is attempting to build a massive, Las Vegas-style casino right in the heart of Salem. If approved, a commercial lot off of Portland Road in northeast Salem will become a 180,000 square foot gambling operation, with 2,000 gaming devices, 45 table games, along with a 500 room hotel, and 3 restaurants – right off of Interstate 5.
This casino will attract thousands of monthly visitors creating new traffic in our residential neighborhoods which will make our neighborhoods less safe – Like we don’t have enough traffic issues already!
If one tribe can do it, why wouldn’t other tribes also put mega-casinos in Portland, Eugene, and other major metropolitan areas? How fair would it be for the Siletz Tribe to have 2 Vegas-style casinos while the rest of Oregon’s tribes only have 1? Soon we will be living in an Oregon we don’t recognize, with casinos all over the state.
Join our coalition of community leaders, business owners, and concerned citizens and say NO SALEM CASINO!
Oregon Leaders Have Consistently Opposed Gambling Proliferation in Oregon
- Because of the casino’s proximity to I-5, traffic on Salem’s roads and through neighborhoods would increase – making neighborhoods less safe and adding to Salem’s already bad traffic issues.
- A new casino would take away jobs from local lottery retailers, restaurants, and neighboring casinos and their communities. Casino’s for years have served as essential economic drivers in rural communities. Why should we change that?
Picking Winners and Losers. More Big City Gambling.
- If approved, the state and federal governments would be breaking with historical policy of “One Casino per Tribe, on reservation.” They would be picking winners and losers by allowing one tribe to play by new rules. Soon, every tribe would be wanting casinos in every major Oregon city.
No Local Oversite.
- Because Native American tribes are independent nations, if the Siletz Tribe were to build a second Vegas-style casino in the heart of Salem, that property would be taken off local tax rolls, reducing important tax dollars for our schools and public safety. To date, there has been no agreement between the Siletz Tribe and the City of Salem to compensate for these lost taxes.