In January, 2008 Dirk Kempthorne, the United States Secretary of Interior, made a decision to tighten regulations so Native Americans could not purchase off-reservation land for gambling purposes. He correctly noted that tribes have been permitted to put land in “Trust” since 1930 for the purpose of tribal unity. The current rash of applications seem to have more to do with gaming money than tribal cohesiveness.
What generally happens when Indians receive the “rights” to build a casino is that “right” is quickly leased to a Nevada gambling operation that funds and operates the project. A percentage is then given to the tribe. From that percentage, a few tribal members get rich while the majority sees minimal financial benefits. Few, if any, jobs are created for Native Americans through this process.