A:  (Per Anton Treuer in Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask)

Many Indians worry about negative impacts of gaming on tribal members because they disproportionately patronize the casinos. Increased rates of gambling addiction, exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke, and what many view as an unhealthy and untraditional environment in the casinos are among the greatest worries. There is also significant concern about the misinformed assumption that “all Indians are rich from casinos” which has led many granting agencies and regular citizens to believe that tribes do not need outside help in fighting poverty or developing programs. The influx of money to tribes through gaming has also increased internal political strife and accusations of mismanagement and embezzlement. Some of those accusations are well founded; others are not.

The Mille Lacs Ojibwe (Minnesota) used casino income to build a new health clinic and new schools, establish an all-band-member retirement plan, purchase health insurance for all tribal members, purchase a bank and small businesses—and still save half of their casino revenues. The financial and political power they wield speaks well for the potential development of gaming operations in Indian country. It is up to tribal members and their governments to make the decisions they believe are best for them.

Dr. Treuer in MinnPost series on Indian Gaming