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Americans Split on Tribal Land Rights for Gaming

A survey found Americans split on whether or not Native American tribes should be permitted to purchase land for the express purpose of building casinos.

A national survey released last week by New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University found that Americans are split on whether Native American tribes should be allowed to buy land for tribal casinos.

The “go ahead and buy and build” idea was supported by 48 percent of those polled, while 42 percent disagreed. The “go ahead” side was supported most by non-whites (57-37), those age 18-29 (57-37), Democrats (53-38), independents (52-38), those age 30-44 (51-37), and women (50-39).

Those most opposed are Republicans (50-40 against) and those age 60-plus (50-39 against).

Overall, 61 percent had not heard about this issue, which is up for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community was argued before the high court in December. A written decision is expected soon.

“This case has huge significance for the gaming industry across the United States,” said Donald Hoover, a professor in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “The question was how wide open the door will be to new Native American investment in lands and casinos off their well-defined reservations. The court may throw the doors wide open, or slam it shut.”

The national survey was conducted by phone using a randomly selected sample of 883 registered voters.

Articles by Author: Rich Geller

Rich Geller has been writing, editing and translating articles and promotional material about and for the international gaming industry since 1990. His articles have appeared in American and British trade and consumer publications, as well as online. He has worked on projects with international casino operators as a writer and translator. An early supporter of poker in Europe, in 2000 Geller became a founding director of the World Headsup Poker Organisation, which company created the first successful heads-up poker tournament format and was first to incorporate the now ubiquitous “peek” camera in its televised tournaments. He has worked with the Casino Connection International family of publications since becoming involved with Poker BIZ magazine in 2005, and assisted with the first and second World Poker Congress.