Outrage: Indian tribe with billion dollar casino gets $54 million in stimulus cash 

WHAT: With active backing from departing Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., the federal government awarded a $54 million stimulus grant to the 1,700 members of the Mohegan Indian tribe, whose Connecticut casino grossed more than $1.3 billion in 2009.

HOW COME: The stimulus money is a loan from a U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development program that is supposed to help communities of under 20,000 people that are “unable to obtain other credit at reasonable rates and terms and are unable to finance the proposed project from their own resources.”

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority employs 9,600 people and raked in a profit of $53.6 million last year. So why do they need a federal loan to construct a community center and tribal government building?

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