Indian Casinos Offer A Different Cultural Cue In To American Gambling Scene
Not many people who love the thrilling experience of gambling in American casinos have ventured into the equally exciting experience of participating as heartily in Indian casinos, which are growing in numbers steadily as business is shooting up for them, what with tourists and citizens alike patronizing the quaint cultural flavors of a Native Indian gambling scene.
Consider the 20.7 billion USD that Indian casinos raked in during the year 2006 alone and you’ll realize the progressive nature of these ethnically rich Native American gambling set ups as being a radical departure from traditional or even sophisticated American casinos that did a business of less than half this amount the same year (that is, Nevada Casino earnings combined figures for 2006).
Now, that’s impressive to say the least, isn’t it?
Ever since, there’s been no looking back for the big guys in the business of running Indian Casinos, which have stacked up double-digit growth figures in the past decade.
Though these comprise relatively new business formats and models, the Indian gaming scene in the US as well as other countries is all set to continue growing despite the initial hiccups of gaining sustained patronage is concerned, since many of them are themed along their inherently Native American heritage, including thematic presentations, costumes, uniforms of staff and the ambience of the gaming stalls, game rooms, restaurant backdrops etc. The hiring process for these casinos is also relatively easier as compared to stricter standards of regular American casinos, which makes employment in Indian casinos a simpler prospect for aspiring casino job seekers.
Also, many US states have tribal leaders recognized as authorities of sovereign states and thus their Native American reservation status endows them with similar responsibilities as those granted to other government leaders in American states. This makes these authority figures a force to reckon with as far as providing secure employment opportunities for their people is concerned, not to mention, stay in a powerful position to ensure adequate and secure financing for services rendered to them by agencies taking care of their needs for law enforcement, social responsibilities and even road work.
What needs to be mentioned here is that tribal gaming has also been a great contributor to the Indian casino gaming scene in so far as the popularity of Indian casinos registered as legal gaming communities is concerned as gaming profits raised by them have come through their active efforts to legalize diverse versions of tribal games in public entertainment venues like casino and gambling halls across the United States.
Thus, the first inhabitants of the official US states can be proud of having won a case for legalized refined exclusively for their traditional roots, way back in 1976, when the Supreme Court in the US made a ruling in their favor stating they were free to apply their tribal regulatory jurisdiction over Native American Indian casinos, over which the states would have no legal jurisdiction.
More rulings followed this initial one and stated that gaming activities in Indian casinos were not subject to any prohibitions laid down by the states; the landmark ruling of course came in 1988 with the signing of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This legalized Indian casinos (run by Native American tribes) to conduct ‘gambling for profit’ on any of their self-governing lands, as long as they act in good faith and within the rights given to them under the 3 Indian gaming classifications as outlined in the agreement.