Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Indian gaming good business for lawyers.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

There's controversy about whether Indian gambling is good for business. Casinos employ thousands of people and purchase all kinds of goods and services, ranging from foodstuffs for restaurants to furniture to construction work and materials. That's good business.

At the same time, gambling harms the community because some people can't handle the temptation to blow paychecks, always hoping for a big score. Such folks can't do much business elsewhere, such as buying shoes, groceries, cars and other things. Thus gambling isn't good for local commerce.

Because of these tensions, Indian gambling is often accompanied by disputes. It may be good or bad for this person or that, but there's no question about whether it's good for lawyers.

Take for example the recent case in which the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas, the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians and Bill Graves, governor of Kansas, sued the Secretary of the Interior and the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma. …

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