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Indian gaming not only works for Indian Country it works for America Indian gaming has positively influenced local communities and has transformed Tribal communities that were once forgotten The American government should stop belittling Indian Tribes and stop using its resources to fight Indian gaming The government does not belittle Israeli or Palestinian efforts toward self-determination but the government cannot fathom that within the United States Indian Tribes continue to be vital self-governing nations working to build a better life for their people The Government should not interfere with the positive attempts of The Cherokee and Tribal Governments to overcome dispossession poverty the social wrongs and the oppression that has continued for over two hundred years The Cherokee are North American Indians of Iroquoian lineage who occupied eastern Tennessee and the western Carolinas Previously they had lived around the Great Lakes moving south after their defeat by the Delaware and Iroquois Their population in 1650 has been estimated at 22500 spread over 40000 square miles of the Appalachian Mountains By the end of the 16th cent the Cherokee had a settled advanced culture based on agriculture They were frequently at war with the Iroquois tribes of New York but proved generally valuable allies for the British against the French Soon after 1750 smallpox destroyed almost half the tribe Formerly friendly with Carolina settlers they were provoked into war with the colonists in 1760 and two years followed before the Cherokee sued for peace The Indian wars and treaties a series of battles and agreements around the period of the US War of Independence effectively reduced Indian power and landholdings in eastern parts of America freeing this territory for speculation and settlement by the white man The Cherokee nation numbering about 22000 tribesmen in 200 villages throughout the area had since the beginning of the 18th century remained friendly to the British in both trading and military affairs The Cherokee were remarkable for their assimilation
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