American Indian political incorporation in the post-Indian Gaming Regulatory Act era

Richard C. Witmer, Frederick J. Boehmke

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Abstract

Despite the active and growing role American Indians play in the U.S. political system, the study of contemporary political relations between Indian nations and federal and state governments remains underdeveloped in the political science literature. The dearth of inquiry is most notable in examining the efforts American Indians and Indian nations undertake in an attempt to influence public policy. In this paper, we suggest that recent developments, including the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) in 1988, have altered how American Indians participate in the political process. In order to study these recent changes, we suggest that it is appropriate to examine Indian nations' use of interest group strategies in the political process. We demonstrate how such an approach adds to our understanding of Indian and non-Indian relations by discussing how Indian nations pursued interest group strategies and documenting how resources obtained through gaming have allowed them to expand this strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-145
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Science Journal
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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American Indian political incorporation in the post-Indian Gaming Regulatory Act era. / Witmer, Richard C.; Boehmke, Frederick J.

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