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Gaming Capitalism in the Service of a People: A multidisciplinary Study of the Chickasaw Nation / GINGER HOCKERSMITH
Swansea University Author: GINGER HOCKERSMITH
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DOI (Published version): 10.23889/SUthesis.63586
The story of the emergence and growth of contemporary economic development for Native American tribes and particularly those in the gaming industry, is an intriguing one. It is a story that spans more than three decades. It essentially, for many tribes, changes their position from that of an impover...
Swansea, Wales, UK
|Supervisor:||Johnes, Martin., Ice, Randal., Miskell, Louise. and Thompson, Noel.|
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The story of the emergence and growth of contemporary economic development for Native American tribes and particularly those in the gaming industry, is an intriguing one. It is a story that spans more than three decades. It essentially, for many tribes, changes their position from that of an impoverished people to utilizing this industry, to build their identity and strength. However, the story of one of those Indian Nations, the Chickasaw Nation, and their emergence to become such a big player in the gaming industry in Oklahoma and ultimately a major economic engine in the State of Oklahoma, is a particularly intriguing one. The Chickasaw Nation is the 13th largest federally recognized tribe in the United States and has more than 73,000 tribal citizens. They pump $2.4 billion into the state economy and have 16,000 wage earners benefitting from employment. Their success exceeds that of many Native American tribes. And, while gaming is their predominant revenue stream for the Nation, they diversify and generate other revenue streams which contribute to the local and state economy as well as engage in philanthropic efforts within their jurisdictional boundaries and across the state. Their revenue generation has allowed them to build their social capital in programs and services by giving back to their tribal citizens to further their mission “to enhance the overall quality of life for the Chickasaw people.” In summary, the history of the Chickasaw people is intriguing as well as is their ability to navigate and negotiate with both the federal and state governments. They possess a strong three-branch government (executive, legislative, and judicial), uphold their constitution, sustain continuous strategic leadership, and ultimately protect their sovereignty. It would appear those tools have positioned the Chickasaw Nation to sustain and grow in their economic success, make a significant contribution to their people, the state in which they reside as well as poise themselves for future challenges.
Gaming capitalism, Chickasaw Nation, tribal economies, sovereignty, leadership, tribal governments, tribal commerce, tribal challenges, tribal revenue generation, ad tribal resource allocation
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences