On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM, Joe Niederberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we have the Warm Springs museum, wherein the local Warm Springs tribe, using income from a resort / casino (popular, family friendly) documents in a state-of-the-art museum those dark days when the know-betters invaded, took their children into boarding schools, and returned them as robot-zombies, duly "reformed" (Christianized or whatever). > > Reformed enough to run a casino and contract out for a state-of-the-art museum I guess.... > > Joe N
Oh yes, definitely. Much has changed in some hundreds of years (with many thousands before that).
The Stillaguamish, Tulalip and so on (further north) are buying back lands and turning them back into habitats for non-humans.
The Spirit Mountain Casino, Federation of the Grande Ronde, uses casino funds for various worthy causes, including keeping the local science museum (OMSI) a float.
Loggers built a lot of culverts in a hurry, with little thought for salmon, meaning the Nehalam River Basin was less and less a spawning ground.
Basically, the Anglo-Euros who came here were not ecologists, except some of the farmers. A lot were "get rich quick" gold rushy types, although fortunately most of them went to California to become venture capitalists.
Today, Native Americans are able to afford scholarships for themselves and many are working in the casinos at various levels. I don't know how many native peoples are actually writing the games yet.
Indian Gaming has a long history and it's likely that innovative new games are in the pipeline thanks to native input. These won't necessarily involve "gambling" in the traditional sense, though "risk taking" and the concept of "odds" extends well beyond the traditional games of chance, as we all know.
Many tribes consider themselves sovereign nations. Now that they're generating an income, more airstrips are planned. Contractors may be from all over the Pacific Rim though for basic construction, one need not go far.