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Published in Great Plains Research17:2 (Fall 2007). Copyright ©2007 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


This is an excellent book, with a couple of provisos. Considering the relative dearth of material on the relationship between tribal sovereignty and Indian gaming, the authors have probably the best work currently in print. Light and Rand take us through three major frameworks that clarify these complex relationships: federal Indian law and policy (their area of specialty); laws and constructions of Indian gaming and tribal sovereignty; and the associated politics of Indian gaming in a number of contexts. It is in their handling of the fourth framework, where they try to identify an "indigenous perspective," which either doesn't exist or proves too elusive to identify, where the work falls short.