What About Casinos Based On Reservations

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What about casinos based on reservations? There are many arguments against these as well. That the increase of tourism to these casinos will harm the community, through crime rates, and increased illegal activity. They state that the funds stay in the pockets of those associated with the casino, and that the community does not see a benefit, only suffers from the casino activity. But dismissing the idea of a casino on reservations over assumptions is unfair to the Native people, as they assumptions normally ignore the benefits of the reservation casino. Branch Conway (Bailey Chase) from the A&E show ‘Longmire’, says it best. “The new casino, will bring tens of thousands of new comers….This will bring new opportunities….keeping this area…show more content…
Also, the development of casinos are drawing people back, people that are talented in business management, economics, and other business skills. With these casinos, these type of people are highly sought after, and are able to return because of the financial gain these individuals can gain for themselves and their families. One might say that the casinos on reservations are only putting money in the pockets of certain individuals, that enough money is not generated to help the community. Well, take a look at the Mashantucket Pequot’s from Connecticut. “In 1992, the Pequot’s struck a deal…(paying) 25% of gross revenues on slot machine(s) to have slots in its…casino, as long as they paid at least $80 million per year for the privilege of having slots. These large payments prevented the state from granting a license for a proposed non-Indian casino in the Bridgeport area. In the fiscal year 2002, payments to the state are estimated in excess of $350 million” (Evans, 10). At 25%, that means that the casino has generated 1.4 billion in revenue; on slots alone. That’s a lot of money to be poured back into the community, as the casino regularly sponsors local activities in the community. According to the Indigenous Policy Journal, “In 2006, Indian gaming generated net revenues exceeding $25 billion, with evidence suggesting the investment of gaming dollars into a broad array of social, economic, and governmental programs” (Conner, 1). These
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