By Donald Craig Mitchell
The never-before-told tale of Indian Casinos in America
In 2015, 239 Indian tribes operated 478 casinos, high-stakes bingo halls, and different playing amenities on Indian reservations in 28 states that jointly earned $28.5 billion in gross gaming profit. How did Indian playing develop into this kind of profitable and common fixture of the yankee panorama? In Wampum, Donald Craig Mitchell tells the never-before-told story.
In 1979, the Mafia opened the nation's first high-stakes Indian bingo corridor at the Seminole reservation in Florida. 9 years later, Indian tribes have been working bingo halls on reservations in 23 states. Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to topic playing on reservations to legislation by way of the government and the states during which the reservations have been situated. yet, whereas contributors of Congress who voted for the invoice did not intend for it to take action, the act facilitated the transformation of Indian bingo halls into what they're today―Las Vegas-style casinos whose gaming flooring comprise greater than 352,000 video slot and different gaming machines.
On Capitol Hill, Donald Craig Mitchell is a famous professional on Indian legislation and heritage, and the one researcher who had early entry to the documents of the committees whose participants and employees wrote the money owed that grew to become the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In Wampum, he deals readers the 1st accomplished examine the forces in Congress and contained in the Bureau of Indian Affairs that experience created the Indian gaming industry.
With nine colour and nine black and white pictures
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