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Oregon Lottery pulls ‘Lewis and Clark’ ads after protests

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The Oregon Lottery has pulled the ad campaign featuring versions of the explorers Lewis and Clark following protests from the Coquille Indian Tribe.

A spokesperson with the Oregon Lottery said that Governor Kate Brown’s office requested the campaign be pulled last Friday.

Last week, tribe officials sent a letter to lottery officials describing the ads as "insulting and hypocritical" and saying they portray a fictional version of the state that is, “an empty wilderness, ripe for economic exploitation, with no competition from indigenous people.”

The tribe also took issue with the campaign due to Governor Brown’s opposition to the Coquille Indian Tribe's proposed casino in Medford.

While Tribal Chairperson Brenda Meade called pulling the ad campaign “a good start,” she also noted that the tribe hopes for “fair treatment on economic issues.”

“It doesn’t sit right that Oregon is rolling out new Lottery terminals all over the state and expanding its gaming revenue while saying our very modest project is somehow going to damage the public’s welfare,” Meade said in a release.

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