The community, which operates two casinos, is looking at ways to combat gambling addiction, a spokesman says. "It may be hard for some people to believe but the tribe doesn't want people to get hooked on gambling," tribal spokesman Rich Rossway said. "That's not what we're about." In addition to its Ojibwa Casino on the tribal reservation in Baraga, the tribe has the Ojibwa II Casino in Marquette County. A pair of late 1990s surveys by Western Michigan University found that about 11,000 Upper Peninsula residents are compulsive gamblers. The Keweenaw band is providing money to establish a local task force that will look for ways to help problem gamblers, Rossway told The Mining Journal of Marquette. The tribe also hopes to see a telephone hotline established locally that gamblers could call for help, he said.
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