Return Of The Buffalo

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Overview

A small, poverty-stricken California Indian Tribe, the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, successfully fought a long legal battle for the right to operate the business of their choice on their barren reservation—a gambling casino. This is their story, the authorized history of their epic struggle, climaxing with their victory in a 1987 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the now-famous Cabazon Decision. Their defeated opponents included California's City of Indio and County of Riverside (called one of the most racist in the U.S. by a non-Indian resident) as well as California and 29 other states that joined California's appeal.

This is also the fascinating story of the role played by a white family and its radical, socialist patriarch that helped create one of the world's most capital-intensive industries and triggered today's Indian Gaming Explosion throughout America. Hundreds of hours of taped interviews and years of documents, meeting records, and official correspondence are analyzed to give the reader a clear picture of the impact of this new massive capital on tribal life and the development of a possible future without gambling—as officials in league with Nevada and Atlantic City gambling interests continue their efforts to destroy Indian gaming. The Buffalo, literal and symbolic figure of earlier Indian financial independence, has returned in a new form—cash cow casinos.

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The story of the Cabazon tribe during the 1960s as they fought for the means and freedom to live their lives as they chose on their reservation in Riverside County, California. They faced frontal assaults and sabotage by several levels of government and yellow journalism, but were also helped by radical and visionary non-Indians. As with many tribes, they saw in gaming a source of financing for development to improve people's lives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897894333
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

AMBROSE I. LANE, SR., a board member of the Pacifica Foundation, is a 15 year political/religious commentator and radio talk show host for WPFW, Pacifica's 50,000 watt station in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 Prologue to Rebirth 1
Ch. 2 They Met in the Desert 17
Ch. 3 The Early Successes and Struggles 31
Ch. 4 The Pain and Joys of Growth 59
Ch. 5 A Savage "Free Press" 153
Postscript - Towards a New Century 179
Selected Bibliography 183
Index 187
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