McCain to Arizona tribes: “You have casinos, don’t you?”


For Immediate Release: November 7, 2016


McCain to Arizona tribes: “You have casinos, don’t you?”

New report: McCain dismissed need for increased education resources with offensive comment

TEMPE — John McCain insulted Arizona tribes by dismissing a lack of education funding for tribal schools by blurting, “Well, you have casinos, don’t you?” in response to a question from the vice chairman of the Tohono O’odham tribe.

According to reporting by the Huffington Post published today, McCain dismissed Vice Chairman Verlon Jose’s question about the lack of funding for tribal schools at a public town hall. When pressed repeatedly for comment following today’s report, McCain ignored, but did not dispute, the statement.

“As someone who was born and raised on tribal lands, and represents tribal communities, this is a deeply insensitive remark from John McCain,” said Ann Kirkpatrick. “McCain’s offensive, patronizing comment shows that even after 33 long years in Washington, he still doesn’t understand the issues impacting Arizonans, and what’s more, doesn’t care. I have always said that access to education for our tribal communities is a civil rights issue that deeply affects far too many families in Arizona and across our nation. As our state’s next senator, I will always work hand-in-hand with our tribes to give all students — regardless of where they live — the best opportunity to receive the world-class education they deserve.”


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