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AIS 485 - American Indian Gaming

Course information

Usually Offered: Fall, Spring
Course Description:

This course will examine the anthropology and history of gaming in American Indian tribes and cultures. It will examine the legal framework of Indian gaming, including the history of federal Indian law as it relates to gaming, tribal jurisdiction over Indian land, compacting, legal struggles between the tribes and the states, and the history and development of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The class will also examine the sociological impact of gaming on tribal communities and the effect of gaming revenues on neighboring communities. The student will develop skills in an analytical approach to discussion and writing, through lectures and group analysis of pertinent court cases and legislation, pertinent films and guest speakers, possible field trips, and readings as they pertain to the subject for the week.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences