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Minnesota tribal gaming group holds Capitol rally today

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota tribal leaders and employees as well as workers from tribal casinos are rallying at the State Capitol in opposition to proposals to expand gambling in Minnesota.

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The Tuesday rally is on the front steps of the Capitol. It's organized by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, which represents most of the state's tribes opposed to a state gambling expansion that could divert a reliable source of revenue for tribes.

Supporters of adding casino-style slots at horse racetracks in Shakopee and Columbus are pushing a bill that would authorize that expansion. It's been a perennial proposal at the Capitol that's never found success despite multiple tries.

This year, backers have suggested tax revenue from the new slots could be used to fuel a permanent state fund aimed at creating new jobs.

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