Arizona Indian Gaming Rights

Arizona Indian Gaming Rights

In 1988 the Federal government approved gambling on American Indian land. Although several Arizona tribes attempted to establish casinos in the early 1990s, the State of Arizona had not yet approved gaming on American Indian lands. Amidst much controversy, gaming on American Indian lands was approved by Arizona in 1992. Today, casinos exist on American Indian lands across Arizona, and the controversy over whether gaming should be allowed continues. 

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  1. When was gambling on American Indian lands approved by the Federal government? When was it approved by the state of Arizona?
  2. Who created the documents linked above? What did they think of gambling on American Indian land? Is there a bias in their writing?
  3. What are the arguments for permitting gambling on American Indian lands? What are the arguments against it? What arguments do you think agree with, and why?

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