Betting on Indian Country

Indian Gaming in the Archives
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
NCAIS Spring Workshop in Research Methods
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to Friday, March 21, 2014

University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Led by Profs. William Bauer, Department of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Erin Debenport, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

This research workshop will examine Indian gaming in the context of gambling’s deep and global history. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ Special Collections and the Center of Gaming Research. UNLV’s Gaming Archives feature the Taxe Collection (more than 700 fictional and non-fictional records pertaining to gaming that date to the 19th century), trade publications and manuscript collections pertaining to casinos and resorts throughout the world (such as Mandalay Bay and the Sands). Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to the history, culture and politics of Indian gaming. Research in the archives will then enable students to place Indian gaming in comparative and global contexts. Students may pursue topics related to law and policy; the development of the service economy; comparative histories of gaming (e.g., Las Vegas, riverboats, and Atlantic City); gaming and literature; casino resort development; and tourism.

Preliminary Reading List
Jessica Cattelino, High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty.
Alexandra Harmon, Rich Indians: Native People and the Problem of Wealth in American History.
Eileen Firebaugh-Luna and Mary Jo Tippeconic Fox, “The Sharing Tradition: Indian Gaming in Stories and Modern Life,” Wicazo Sa Review 25 (Spring 2010).
Gerald Vizenor, The Heirs of Columbus.
Louise Erdrich, The Bingo Palace.
David Schwartz, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
Eugene Moehring, Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-2000.

Cost and registration information: 

Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot in the three-day workshop. Students may participate in the workshop as part of an introduction to critical methodologies in American Indian Studies. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison by February 3, 2014. The selection process of each member institution’s participant is according to the individual program needs and existing protocols of the member institution. Housing will be provided and participants will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel.