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NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION AND ASSOCIATION ON AMERICAN INDIAN AFFAIRS FILES FCC COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, NEW YORK RADIO STATION

 -- Cites Racial Slurs Against Native and African American --
 WASHINGTON, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against radio station WFAN-AM for obscene racial slurs against Native Americans and African Americans made by Donald Trump and WFAN host Donald Imus.
 The comments were made on June 18, 1993 during an interview with Donald Trump on WFAN-AM talk show, "Imus in the Morning."
 During the interview, which focused on Trump's campaign against Indian gaming, host Don Imus referred to native Americans as "drunken injuns," and suggested that persons of mixed Native American and African American ancestry who looked "like Michael Jordan" should not be recognized as members of Indian tribes.
 Trump referred to Indian tribes as "all chiefs and no Indians," and mocked tribal citizenship by suggesting that he "would perhaps become Indian myself."
 The two also ridiculed the legitimacy of tribal governments and tribal ceremonies.
 "Such comments can not and will not be tolerated," said Timothy Wapato, executive director of NIGA. "MR. Trump's attack on our sovereignty and the integrity of our gaming operations is part of a concerted effort by commercial gambling barons to destroy the only successful economic development tool that has ever worked on Indian reservations."
 Trump said on the program that " a lot of the reservations are being, in some people's opinion, at least to a certain extent, run by organized crime and organized crime elements, as you can imagine."
 "Trump has no evidence of organized crime on reservations because there is none. This is McCarthyism and racism at its worst. It is outrageous and unfounded," Wapato said.
 Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, read segments of a transcript of the interview into the Congressional Record and said the interview contained misinformation about tribal gaming issues.
 NIGA and AAIA are asking the FCC to consider the comments when WFAN- AM's license is up for renewal and warn the station that such comments may lead to fines up to $10,000 and a prison term of up to two years.
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 /CONTACT: Timothy Wapato of National Indian Gaming Association, 202-546-7711/


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