Overview and Challenges of Indian Gaming in San Diego

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The history of Native American tribes is a long, complicated, and more often than not, a sad one. Today, thanks to efforts to help tribes preserve their identity, culture and numbers by means of reservations, many Native Americans not only survive, but also thrive. Indian gaming is one means that has been a source of great income and prosperity for Native American tribes in the San Diego region. Although the economic impact of gaming has been very positive, critics of legalizing and regulating such casinos have expressed concerns regarding potentially negative impacts. While Indian gaming in San Diego has positive impacts for the economy and upliftment of Indian tribes, negative impacts could relate to industry monopolization. According to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission Report (n.d.), large-scale Indian casino gambling had its origins in 1987. During this year, the Supreme Court found hat the state of California had no authority over gambling activities within Indian reservations. The Court also recognized the need for regulation, however, and Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (AGRA) in 1988. One of the provisions of the act requires that revenues from gambling be used for the economic development and welfare of Indian tribes in their region. This has been one of the primary advantages of Indian gaming in California in general and in San Diego specifically. This is evident in the Barona reservation, where gaming has had significant impacts

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