KINDER, LA - Coushatta tribe officials say their casino in Allen Parish has not
felt the economic downturn that has hit casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Coushatta Vice Chairman David Sickey says the tribe is working to diversify.
"The tribe government has decided to undertake an aggressive effort, an
aggressive push to diversify our assets, our business portfolio. Some of the
non-gaming initiatives that we're taking a look at are agriculture, agritech,
high tech industry, green projects. We are open to joint ventures, partnerships,
Attorney and lobbyist Tom Rodgers of Washington D.C. spoke at a recent public
meeting to discuss the tribe's economic development efforts and successes. He
said "We are a community of one. You should partner with our Native American
brothers and the local community here in Allen Parish so that we all benefit. So
that we can alleviate some of the pain and suffering that people are
experiencing given the economic downturn."
Rodgers said there are stimulus dollars from Washington to help Native Americans
and local community emerge with a stronger economy.
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