Georgetown Senator Damon Thayer has been one of the bill’s most outspoken critics. He fears recognition of Native American tribes could lead to casinos in Kentucky, but Representative Meeks says the fears are unfounded. Meeks says under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, only federally-recognized tribes can operate casinos, and only in states that permit gaming.
Embracing their cause is Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, who’s part Cherokee. Bills sponsored by Meeks define the term “Native American,” and outline strict criteria groups must meet before Kentucky will recognize them as an American Indian tribe. Meeks says his goal is simply to help improve the lives of Native Americans living in Kentucky.
Historian Jacob Lee will deliver a presentation on George Rogers Clark’s relationship with Native Americans this week at the Kentucky Historical Society. It’s part of the “History Speaks” series sponsored by the Society. Coordinator Erica Harvey says that Lee’s lecture will challenge the notion that Clark, a Louisville founding father, wanted Native Americans to be […]