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Eklutna looks to get lucky
The Native Village of Eklutna was seeking a gaming permit from the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C., according to a story in the April 12, 2007 edition of the Alaska Star.
According to the story, an official with the NIGC said he believed the village was seeking a Class II permit. An attorney for the village said the permit was intended to be used for pull tabs.
Still to be determined was whether or not Eklutna’s land qualified as Indian country by the NIGC.
Parks board shoots down gun range
The Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation board of supervisors voted unanimously to oppose the planned construction of a Anchorage Police Department gun range on 55 acres within Beach Lake Park.
Board president Brian Fay said public opposition to the range was overwhelming.
“I think there was a huge public response to the presentation of the proposed shooting range,” Fay told the Star. “Plus the plan seemed to skip over the public process.”
Fay went on to say that APD appeared to be ready to go forward with the project at the site without ever consulting the public first.