Entrepreneurship in Indian Country


One of the U.S. policies led the Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (Public Law 93-638) authorized the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and some other government agencies to enter into contracts with, and make grants directly to, federally recognized Indian tribes. This established a strong base for tribal government to conduct economic development activity on federally recognized tribal reservations. This policy gave way to bingo operations on tribal reservations in the 1970’s but then The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was enacted by the United States Congress on October 17, 1988, to regulate the conduct of gaming on Indian Lands. IGRA establishes the National Indian Gaming Commission and the regulatory structure for Indian gaming in the United States.

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