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- DescriptionIn 1979, Florida Semiles opened the first tribally operated high-stakes bingo hall in North America. At the time, their annual budget stood at less than $2 million. By 2006, net income from gaming had surpassed $600 million. This dramatic shift from poverty to relative ecomic security has created tangible benefits for tribal citizens, including employment, universal health insurance, and social services. Renewed political self-governance and ecomic strength have reversed decades of U.S. settler-state control. At the same time, gaming has brought new dilemmas to reservation communities and triggered outside accusations that Semiles are sacrificing their culture by embracing capitalism. In High Stakes, Jessica R. Catteli tells the story of Semiles' complex efforts to maintain politically and culturally distinct values in a time of new prosperity. Catteli presents a vivid ethgraphic account of the history and consequences of Semile gaming. Drawing on research conducted with tribal permission, she describes casi operations, chronicles the everyday life and history of the Semile Tribe, and shares the insights of individual Semiles. At the same time, she unravels the complex connections among cultural difference, ecomic power, and political rights. Through analyses of Semile housing, museum and language programs, legal disputes, and everyday activities, she shows how Semiles use gaming revenue to enact their sovereignty. They do so in part, she argues, through relations of interdependency with others. High Stakes compels rethinking of the conditions of indigeneity, the power of money, and the meaning of sovereignty.
- Author BiographyJessica R. Cattelino is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
- Author(s)Jessica R. Cattelino
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication04/08/2008
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note36 b&w photos, 1 map
- Weight454 g
- Width3971 mm
- Height5983 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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