Who but God our Creator could have thought of this?

To turn what was meant for evil into something so good can only be called miraculous! What am I writing about? Why, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near the city of Pendleton, of course. That money coming from the gambling casino has turned people's lives around; and not just the Indian population.

I could give more details as to how but just think about it - the casino expansion, the big new Arrowhead Travel Plaza, the commercial business park, the industrial park and the new Tribal Services Center, not to mention the future plans for a new medical clinic, wellness center and school. This involves the hiring of a lot of construction workers when we are supposed to be in a recession.

It is making then completely autonomous. After all, they are already a "nation within a nation" so to speak. The Tribes are wisely using their "new found" riches in a way that benefits them all, not just a few individuals. In fact, last year's Business Review plainly said; "It has changed the entire climate of the State of Oregon. They are the only ones hiring." Even Fortune 500 companies are noticing, they want to invest!

Oh yes, how true the scripture is. In the book of Proverbs: "The blessing of the Lord it maketh rich and He addeth no sorrow to it?"

Lets not forget that "restoration" is also part of creation; and this for the original first citizens of America! A reminder to the world of what God will also do for Israel, the original people of the Bible. "I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them," (Isaiah 41) A warning to those who want to "wipe them out," also to the churches who are into "replacement theology."

Elfreda Tucker

Pendleton

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