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Mary C Wright
AIS 475
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Indian Studies

Current research and readings in American Indian Studies content areas.

Class description

"Indian Gaming and Casinos" explores gaming--bingo, casinos, 'Las Vegas-style' gambling--as an expression of tribal sovereignty and as an economic resource. Starting with Native mythology, historic games and early missionary and government agent efforts to suppress them, the class spends the majority of time on the modern era. Bingo operations, tribal court battles and the 1988 federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act will be considered. The importance of political and economic issues to tribal gaming will be explored. Representatives from tribes and regulatory agencies will speak to the class. A tour of a local casino will be scheduled for the end of the Quarter, so students must be able to participate in field trips.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion with films and speakers

Recommended preparation

An interest in American Indian history and culture. Completion of AIS 201, 202, 203 helpful.

Class assignments and grading

30% writing assignments 20% class participation 25% midterm exam 25% final exam


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary C Wright
Date: 11/22/2005