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 in the transfer of tens of billions of dollars to casino operators while many Native Americans still remain in serious poverty. It also has been a driving force behind the massive expansion of predatory gambling that has overwhelmed the U.S. over the last twenty years.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week they will review a case that deals with the federal government’s land-into-trust process for the purpose of building casinos. The land-into-trust process has been a key vehicle for casino operators to force themselves into communities across the nation. Below is a brief TV news report about the case heading to the Supreme Court.