Return of the Buffalo: The Story behind America's Indian Gaming Explosion

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Foreword

This important book impacts us on a number of levels and is in effect "a story within a story within a story."

The first story carefully documents a phase of the struggle by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This step-by-step chronology of the process serves as a textbook for those seeking similar goals. It is a remarkable chapter in the survival story of a Native American tribe that has confronted the pattern, unfortunately characteristic of the treatment of natives by invading cultures: deliberate de-culturation, hostility, disease, neglect and destruction.

The next story is about a remarkable, some would say controversial, family of strong individuals: the Nicholses, and about what happened when they began working with the Tribe.

The third story is an admitted effort to "tell the truth . . . and set the record straight" about the Tribe's climb out of poverty. This is an effort to counter what Mr. Lane characterizes as "savage attacks . . . sleazy innuendoes . . . and hatchet jobs" done on the Tribe by the media and by opponents of the progress that was achieved over this past decade.

Finally, there is the story about how "gaming" came onto the reservation and why this activity is important to the growth, survival and self-sufficiency of the Tribe.

The stories do not end here. In no way is it a final-chapter, ride-off-into-thesunset kind of book, for there are gathering storm clouds of opposition building against the Tribe's newly won economic and cultural independence.

I have a feeling that the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians will overcome this current wave of opposition, because I sense the swing of the pendulum of history away from the destruction, exploitation, and death that has been their most recent legacy. Ambrose Lane said it best: "The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians has

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1 - Prologue to Rebirth 1
  • 2 - They Met in the Desert 17
  • 3 - The Early Successes and Struggles 31
  • 4 - The Pain and Joys of Growth 59
  • 5 - A Savage "Free Press" 153
  • Postscript - Towards a New Century 179
  • Selected Bibliography 183
  • Index 187
  • About the Author *
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