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Kathryn Adam Growing up in American Essay 2 April 26 2001 The American Indians have faced many problems since the arrival of the white man They have watched their population drop because of newfound sicknesses and wars over their land Their land has been taken away only to be given back in small regulated sections called reservations The American Indians have also adapted to many white social problems such as drinking gambling and drug abuse They have created an atmosphere for cultural genocide among their tribes Since the arrival of the white man the American Indians have lost their way of life The American Indian communities where left with little or no industry nearly no liquid assets and extremely high unemployment They have had to adapt to the capitalistic system of the white man in order to make a profit to keep their tribes alive The main way in which the Indians have sought to do this is with gaming It was gaming that the Indians decided would bring the tribes more money that would help them to diversify and r ealize the long sought after goal of individual tribal sovereignty However the gaming has brought with it many negative issues problems and disputes The problems are practically uniform throughout Indian country Disorganized factionalized and historically poor communities with limited infrastructure and little-to-no experience managing large sums of money are now being confronted with the large task of effectively managing a multi-million dollar corporation Given the obvious enticements of Indian gaming it should come as no surprise that many of the actual members from these reserves have accepted gaming with a less than perfect understanding of what they were getting into and perhaps have made some less than ideal management decisions This poor understanding of what gaming and sovereignty actually mean portends disaster for a disturbingly large number of tribes The member ship to tribes is also a major
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