CHAPTER FIVE: The Dawn of a New Day? Notes on Indian Gaming in Southern California

Rosenthal, Nicolas G.
January 2004
Native Pathways: American Indian Culture & Economic Development ;2004, p91
Book Chapter
The proliferation of Indian gaming since the 1980s has produced unprecedented profits/or some native communities. It has also generated considerable controversy, particularly as gaming tribes have attempted to translate casino profits to political power. For scholars, the phenomenon of Indian gaming and its impacts on native communities provide opportunity—and challenge—to test abstract ideas about development and critiques of modernization against lived experiences. In his examination of Indian gaming in southern California, Nicolas Rosenthal offers preliminary conclusions on the economic and political consequences of tribal casinos, but just as important he seeks to assess the many ways gambling enterprises have played a role in cultural and tribal revitalization.


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