Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in History


United States History



First Advisor

Frank Costigliola


There are many issues and debates related to Indian casinos. However, there are very few well researched studies on the impact of Indian gaming. Through the use of book,s magazines, newspapers, and interviews, I was able to find out the effects of gambling casinos on some Indian tribes. I traveled to several reservations in the United States that have casinos and some that did not. I conducted interviews with several Indian people to see how they felt about casino gambling on reservations. The results that I came up with were overwhelmingly in favor of casinos on reservations. Many reservations that were once in poverty have had a chance at a better life because of casinos. My paper will discuss how casinos have helped to create financial stability on many reservations across the country and how tribes have a reason to be hopeful for the future.