Category Archives: Native American Casinos

Class II gaming hurts low-income tribal members

An article in the Valley Journal explains why the gaming revenues expected with the introduction of Class II are not evenly distributed over all tribal casinos and the benefits expected are often not realized. 2015 Class II gaming hurts low-income …

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Cash from Casinos Make Native Americans Poorer

For more than 25 years, the casino lobby has told the American people that casinos are the engine to help Native American tribes prosper. Now The Economist, the world’s leading international magazine, spotlights how casinos have actually made tribal members …

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Tribal leader admitted casinos won’t last

This story from the Washington Post serves as an obituary for Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who led the fight for tribal casinos. However, he never intended them to last. “It’s not our end goal,” …

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All play and no work leads to millions for one Native American tribe

Every day, millions of Americans get out of bed, get ready, and go to work, spending their whole day working to provide their family with necessary income. The American economy is built on hard work on the part of individuals. …

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Casino-owning tribes still subsidized by US government while financial backers see immense profits

Casinos were supposed to generate billions of dollars of revenue for Native American tribes, allowing them to be independent of taxpayer-funded federal subsidies. However, while their financial backers reap heavy profits, the casino tribes have yet to see the revenue …

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Payday Lenders and Indian Tribes Evading Laws Draw Scrutiny

Due to sovereign immunity, the legal doctrine that restricts state interference in tribal affairs, many partnerships between Native American Tribes and federal regulators are being put under the microscope. These partnerships are drawing a lot of scrutiny given their allowance …

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Consumer Bureau ‘Zoning In’ on Tribal Payday Firms

The U.S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on players hiding behind Native American sovereign immunity. These players are abusing the power to run casinos in states where gambling is otherwise illegal, and also distributing payday loans in illegal …

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Native American Tribes and Payday Lenders Partnering to Avoid Oversight

To help “broaden” their portfolio, some Native American tribes are now partnering with pay day lenders to allow such companies to circumvent state laws in nearly 20 states, according to a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity. Well-intended …

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An Examination of Indian Casinos in Western New York

This report suggests that an expanded casino in the Buffalo-area will be a “huge money-sucking vacuum” for a city already struggling with high poverty. It was presented on February 15, 2011 to the Legislation Committee of the Buffalo Common Council, …

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Indian Casinos: Wheel of Misfortune

This 2002 article from Time investigates the levels of fraud, corruption and intimidation in America’s Indian casinos.  The writers also highlight that the tribes’ “secrecy about financial affairs – and the complicity of government oversight agencies – has guaranteed that abuses in Indian country growing out of the surge in gaming riches go undetected, unreported and …

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The Inevitability of Tribal Casinos Not Being Inevitable

Attorney Stephanie A. Levin spotlights a common tactic used by predatory gambling promoters: they misrepresent Indian gambling law to sway a skeptical public about the need for the state to act quickly to legalize casinos before Native American tribes build …

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The Longest Odds

This news story from Willamette Week explores how hundreds of millions in casino dollars haven’t lifted Oregon’s Native Americans out of poverty. The Longest Odds

Tribes Not Winning Out Under Casinos

This blog post from TruthOut.org points out the devastating economic conditions that still exist on Native American reservations and how casinos will not solve the problem. Olbermann’s Support for South Dakota Tribe Points to Way More Inclusive Indian County Coverage

Portrait of Poverty in Oregon

Native Americans in Oregon have the state’s highest overall poverty rate, 29.4 percent. The report concludes that “given this high rate of poverty, it’s obvious that constructing gambling casinos hasn’t worked in bringing Oregon’s 40,700 Native Americans out of poverty.” …

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Tribal casinos mostly benefit the casino operators, not the tribes

This 2012 Associated Press story below spotlights how many tribes have not benefited long-term from casinos, despite the fact that the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act of 1988 was passed in the name of helping Native Americans advance economically. This excerpt …

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Prominent Independent Study Shows Casinos Have Made Native American Tribes Poorer

For more than 25 years, the casino lobby has told the American people that casinos are the engine to help Native American tribes prosper. Now The Economist, the world’s leading international magazine, spotlights how casinos have actually made tribal members …

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The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act represents one of the biggest failures of U.S. policy in the last fifty years. Passed by Congress in 1988 under the guise of “economic development” for the country’s impoverished Native American tribes, IGRA has resulted …

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