Steve Russell has a good piece up in Indian Country Today called CARVING UP THE NEW BUFFALO. Which is about how greed is leaving many Natives high and dry and fighting for scraps, while others are trying to have their own buffalo stand, where piles of money take the place of a pile of bones. I will follow up this piece with an article about MONEY and what has been at stake.
He gets deeper into the matter with IGRA:
Wherever you see non-Indians organizing to stop this or that Indian casino, there will always be somebody denouncing Congress for gifting Indians with the right to run casinos in IGRA. They are misinformed. IGRA was not the source of Native gaming rights. The source was that part of tribal sovereignty not taken away by the U.S. IGRA was enacted to limit Indian gaming and give states a mechanism to profit from it
Finally, he gets to the MONEY QUOTE:
Carving up the new buffalo among historically starving people meant that some would overeat and some would get greedy. Sometimes control of tribal government offered an opportunity to settle old scores among feuding families and sometimes the real motive was simple greed, but disenrollment has become an epidemic, infecting over 60 tribal nations in over a dozen states since California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians slaughtered the first of the new buffalo in 1987.
BIG MONEY QUOTE:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs does not track the epidemic in public documents and does little to stop it.
Read the Rest of Steve's Article and STAY TUNED for more on the actual money and tribes doing the carving......