The Benefits Of Gaming For The Tribes Essay

1010 Words Mar 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In North America, Native peoples established casinos as a way to better their tribes through increasing their income. While these casinos have improved the lives of some Native North Americans, they are also a source of conflict within and outside of tribes. Furthermore, casinos have also given rise to new stereotypes surrounding indigenous people because outsiders do not understand the benefits of gaming for the tribes. As my hometown contains a federally recognized tribe that runs a casino, I feel that by learning about gaming in Native tribes, I can better understand the advantages and disadvantages of casinos for tribes and the conflicts that arise because of them.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Native North Americans faced dire living conditions. According to Professor Zoila Mendoza in her Native North American Gaming/Casinos lecture, the unemployment rates were between 40% up to 80% and the lands indigenous people were forced on to held little attraction for successful businesses (NAS 10 Jan 18, 2016). Due to Reaganomics during the 1980’s, many people lost government support, contributing to the stereotype of poor Indians living on a reservation. In order to combat poverty, tribes began bingo parlors to increase revenue. This income went towards education, health care, and other necessities for the people of the tribe. Because of Native gaming, a new stereotype of lazy Indians living off of casino revenue has mostly replaced the poor Indian label, at least where the casinos…

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