Judge decries Indian gambling in handing down drug sentence 7-07

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge sentencing a methamphetamine
dealer decried Indian gambling, saying casinos would "cause more
suffering to the tribal communities than any institution since the
U.S. Cavalry."

Tilano Montoya, 34 and a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, was
sentenced June 21 to drug treatment and five years on probation.
Earlier, he had pleaded guilty to two counts of using a communication
device to commit a drug felony and conspiracy to possess meth with an
intent to distribute.

U.S. District Court Judge William F. Downes recited a litany of
Montoya's addictions, beginning with marijuana and building to almost
daily meth use.

"Then the casino, the touted panacea for all that ails the
reservation," Downes said. "The casino, which will cause more
suffering to the tribal communities than any institution there since
the U.S. Calvary.

"What madness, a casino in the heart of a reservation beset with
these kinds of addictions. What madness."

The Northern Arapaho operate two casinos on the Wind River Indian
Reservation, which they share with the Eastern Shoshone.

Downes wouldn't comment outside the courtroom, but assistant U.S.
Attorney Kelly Rankin said a number of drug defendants have said in
Downes' court that they spent all their money on drugs and gambling.

Downes also warned Montoya to stay clean while he's on probation.

"If you re-offend when you're on that term of supervision, which is
part of the sentence I'm imposing on you, I will deal with you
harshly," Downes said. "Bring all your friends. I will be unmoved.
I will put you in prison as long as I can, not to be mean-spirited
but to protect others from you."