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Indian tribes are rich

This myth is a recent one due to the growth of Indian gaming. However, only a handful of Indian tribes have gaming. Success of gaming relates to the geographic location of tribes in relationship to population centers and Interstate highways as well as the legal environment of the states in which they are located. Less than one-third of the 560 Indian tribes are involved in gaming and only 10% of these are extremely profitable. Regardless of how small the scale, gaming has enabled these tribes to generate revenues to provide essential governmental services. Such services may include educational programs and scholarships, expanded health and community services for children and senior citizens, diversified economic development, improved court systems and the development of cultural institutions like museums.

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