University of Nevada Press


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ISBN: 978-0-87417-842-5
Binding: [Hardcover]
Pages: 240
Publication date: March 2011
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The New Politics of Indian Gaming
The Rise of Reservation Interest Groups
The advent of gaming on Indian reservations has created a new kind of tribal politics over the past three decades. Now armed with often substantial financial resources, Indigenous peoples have adjusted their political strategies from a focus on the judicial system and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to one that directly lobbies state and federal governments and non-Indigenous voters. These tactics allow tribes to play an influential role in shaping state and national policies that affect their particular interests. Using case studies of major Indian gaming states, the contributing authors analyze the interplay of tribal governance, state politics, and federalism, and illustrate the emergence of reservation governments as political power brokers.
“The changing dynamics of the political and governmental relations between Indian tribes and state governments in the U.S. is an underexamined phenomenon in the literatures of political science, public administration, and public policy. This book makes an important and substantial contribution to filling that gap.” -Claude Louishomme, University of Nebraska at Kearney

"An invaluable contribution to Native American studies shelves examining how legalized gambling continues to transform tribal and national political discourse, The New Politics of Indian Gaming is highly recommended." -The Midwest Book Review