High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty by Jessica Cattelino

By Jessica Cattelino

In 1979, Florida Seminoles opened the 1st tribally operated high-stakes bingo corridor in North the US. on the time, their annual funds stood at lower than $2 million. by way of 2006, web source of revenue from gaming had exceeded $600 million. This dramatic shift from poverty to relative fiscal safety has created tangible advantages for tribal voters, together with employment, common medical health insurance, and social providers. Renewed political self-governance and financial power have reversed a long time of U.S. settler-state keep an eye on. whilst, gaming has introduced new dilemmas to reservation groups and caused outdoor accusations that Seminoles are sacrificing their tradition via embracing capitalism. In High Stakes, Jessica R. Cattelino tells the tale of Seminoles’ complicated efforts to take care of politically and culturally special values in a time of recent prosperity.

Cattelino offers a brilliant ethnographic account of the background and effects of Seminole gaming. Drawing on study carried out with tribal permission, she describes on line casino operations, chronicles the standard existence and background of the Seminole Tribe, and stocks the insights of person Seminoles. even as, she unravels the complicated connections between cultural distinction, fiscal energy, and political rights. via analyses of Seminole housing, museum and language courses, felony disputes, and daily actions, she indicates how Seminoles use gaming profit to enact their sovereignty. They accomplish that partially, she argues, via kinfolk of interdependency with others. High Stakes compels rethinking of the stipulations of indigeneity, the ability of cash, and the that means of sovereignty.

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