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Gaming & Economic Development in Indian Country

American Indians and reservation populations are the poorest people and communities in the United States. Tribal governments and reservation communities desperately need to attract economic activities to their reservations and to build functioning economies to help preserve and perpetuate their communities. This survey course addresses the major issues of accomplishing those goals and looks at historic and modern-day tribal economic activities, including gaming, and some relevant economic principles and practices that tribes are using and can use. The class will consider case law, and legal and non-legal materials to address these issues. No background in economics is needed.