The Whistler Themes & Motifs

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Ease of Abuse in Casinos on Indian Reservations

While the intention of tribal sovereignty is intended to allow the Indians to govern themselves, it also makes these groups of people easy prey for people who want to abuse them. Because the Indians living on these reservations do not follow the laws of the United States government, their activities, like running a casino, are also not overseen by the federal or state governments. Additionally, these reservations have their own police departments and do not allow interference from outside law enforcement.

Because there is no one overseeing the activities of the Indians, particularly in the casinos, it is easy for people like Dubose to infiltrate these businesses and demand a payoff. The casinos do not have to report their revenues to anyone with the exception of the Federal Gaming Commission. In this case, the casino is required to provide...

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