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Yellow Bird

Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

by Sierra Crane Murdoch

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Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch
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Indian Casinos: Who Profits?

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Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel exterior When most people hear the word "casino," they think of slot machines trilling and the tinny crashing of coins. But there is a deeper significance to gambling, especially as it pertains to casinos located on federal Indian reservations. While a fun pastime for many, casinos are the lifeblood for the Native American tribes across the country who own and operate them. But how much do casino riches contribute to the wealth and welfare of all Native Americans?

The reality is quite different from the pervasive myth of the "rich Indian" who merely opens his hand to catch the falling money from booming casino and resort profits. Indeed, of the federally recognized tribes (a prime requirement for casino ownership on reservations), the number that operate casinos and resorts is much smaller than many people think. Complex egal regulations along federal, state and tribal lines often further obfuscate the issue.

Indian gaming, as it was called in its early years, began in the 1970s with ...

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