"Anthony Pico, former Chairman and Spokesman for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, spoke in depth about the media's role in
painting a negative picture of gaming tribes, in addition to the
federal government's excessive involvement in tribal sovereignty and
the depletion of funds for health care and social programs for Natives...
''How we are viewed in the eyes of the nation and our ability to deliver our message to the public, the press, elected officials and federal and state policy-makers is of crucial importance to our grandchildren, their grandchildren and future generations of our people,'' Pico said. ''The era of the 'no comment' and no returned phone calls has to end.''