Monday, February 22, 2010
For many tribes, Native American gaming is successful when the federal government fulfills its written promise of promoting a tribes economic development and right to operate as a self-sufficient, and funded tribal government. Today, of the 562 federally funded federally recognized Indian tribes, 225 operate 423 gaming operations in twenty-eight states in the United States. Native American gaming revenues have increased to over $30 billion dollars a year.
Native American gaming revenues have been put to very good use. They fund the construction of Native American culturally themed schools. tribal housing for it's tribal members to once again, be a tribe. Cultural centers to showcase and educate the public and tribal members. Provide police protection and fire protection to its members on sovereign land. Create health care for it's tribal members who require care. Provide social service programs and elders care services for the elders of the tribal community.
Native American gaming has created numerous opportunities for tribal members from jobs with insurance to benefits received outside of the tribal community, and many times to individuals that are not even tribal members. Native American gaming has created 670,000 jobs for tribal members and non tribal members. Native American revenues has provided tribes to expand beyond just Native American gaming into investing money in new businesses.
Given the sheer breadth of this economic activity, Indian tribes pay billions annually for taxes,goods, services, and supplies more than ever. Native American gaming has given many tribes the ability to flourish more than before. Some tribes pay per capita and some don't, per capita means that some of the money goes back to tribal members, it all depends on what the agreement is and how much is owed. It can not be disputed that Native American gaming does help tribes as a whole more than if their was not such a thing as Native American gaming.