30 Years of Tribal Gaming – Vegas Seven

In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I take a (very brief) look back at the legacy of the Cabazon decision:

February 25, 1987, was a milestone date for gambling in America. On that day, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, a verdict that paved the way for the rapid expansion of casino gambling on tribal lands in the decades to follow. Thirty years on, the Court’s decision still reverberates throughout the casino industry and Las Vegas.

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This is the topic for a few books, so it’s by no means comprehensive, but I thought that the anniversary was a good time to reflect on tribal gaming and Las Vegas.

Author: Dave

Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of several books, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gaming. Also Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine.