10 Things You Need to Know about Indian Reservation Gambling

Have you ever visited a casino on a Native American reservation? David Israel hasn't yet, but he likes to go prepared, so he found out as much as he could about the history and laws of Native American casinos. Here's a sampling:
7. Revenues from gaming are required to be used for tribal governmental and charitable ventures only. The revenues are exempt from federal, state, and local taxes, however there are exceptions. In the cases where the revenues are divided evenly and then distributed directly to tribal members, the federal government gets a nice cut. State taxes are often part of the agreements for large scale casinos.

8. There are 562 recognized tribes in the United States, only about 200 operate full scale casinos. There are approximately 150 additional tribes seeking recognition. Many complain that these tribes have no real membership and are only seeking to cash in on the casino business. Supporters of Native American rights point to centuries old treaties put in place to protect these unrecognized tribes. The Pequot tribe, which operates Foxwoods, received recognition in the early 1980s, after the last surviving member living on the reservation died and her grandchildren came together to recreate the tribe.

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@ felixthecat

I was about to quote one of the posters above when I saw it was you. =D I think you answered your own question.

How is giving one tribe millions and stiffing there neighbor out of money & land NOT demoralizing?

And how do those that GET the extra money feel? I am sure they are happy with the extra cash, but I know for a fact some of them are quite disgusted by the whole thing and donate a fair portion of their "winnings"(pun intended) to local charities and neighboring 'tribes'. Which is very commendable. I can only assume those that do not express such feelings and progressive motivation are disgusted with themselves(and mostly drive lifted 4x4's and drink nonstop). I live on reservation land and know first hand that giving people who have not earned that much money is a very bad thing.

Mo' money mo' problems!


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