I recently visited a local Indian casino to have lunch with my wife. The twist to equal rights is I’m a disabled veteran who uses a service dog.
All three of us entered and walked directly to the deli and my wife ordered and paid for lunch. My dog and I found seating.
We had no more sat down when a casino security person came upon us and asked if she was a service dog, then informed me that I could not have my dog in that area.
I was stunned and shocked to say the least. I went directly to the front desk and asked for the head of security because I felt discriminated against.
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A huddle was formed with no answers, so I asked for a supervisor’s phone number. My dog and I left.
My emptiness and anger led to a whirlwind learning experience.
Did you know that Indian casinos are not required to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?
They are not required to apply Title I and II of this act that basically says make reasonable accommodations for disabled persons.
The Department of Justice says this is a sovereign Indian nation — a nation within a nation. They make their own rules and apply them when they want to and adjust as needed.
I write this to inform my fellow disabled community whose recreation might be one of our local gaming houses.