Sovereignty in action #NDN #Apache

American Indians

Gambling on nation-building

Tribes are at last becoming sovereign in more than theory, with mixed results

Apr 7th 2012 | WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE RESERVATION |

Excerpt: “When I was first elected, I received no financial reports, no letters, they all went over there,” he recalls, pointing across the street to a branch of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the federal agency that handles relations with tribes. “Over the years I took their power away.” Then he flips his middle finger in the BIA’s direction. “I’m not responsible to you, I’m a sovereign nation.”

print edition: http://www.economist.com/node/21552208

I have said this many times: a casino is a meeting place, a place to gather, eat, have fun – no one puts a gun to your head and says gamble… Indian Country needed to diversify and gaming met that need…and our evolution will include more types of industry…Lara/Trace

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