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Sovereign: An Oral History of Indian Gaming in America

Sovereign: An Oral History of Indian Gaming in America

First Edition, 208 Pages
ISBN 978-0-615-16417-5

$54.95 Hard-Bound Edition with Deluxe
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Compiled and Edited by
Suzette Brewer with Cheryl Cadue
for Ipanema Literatures

Suzette Brewer is a writer and journalist, specializing in American Indian culture and issues. Previously, she served as communications director of the National Indian Gaming Association and as public affairs officer for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She also served as communications director for the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado. She has worked or freelanced for a number of media organizations, including The Dallas Morning News, The Concord Monitor, Native Peoples, Oklahoma Today, The Denver Post, and the Denver Business Journal. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Mississippi. Her published works include Real Indians: Portraits of Contemporary Native Americans and America's Tribal Colleges. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is from Stilwell, Oklahoma.

Cheryl Cadue, a member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, earnerd her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. Cheryl was a newspaper reporter prior to 2000 when she joined the American Indian College Fund as the Program Manager of Public Education and Communications. Currently Cheryl works for the state of Kansas, as well as working as a freelance writer specializing in American Indian economic development and education issues. She is the proud mother of two children, Everett and Karen Chloe.

Published by
Ipanema Literatures, LLC

The Whole Story of Indian Gaming - From a Seminole Bingo Hall in 1979 to a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry 30 Years Later

Compelling first-hand accounts of individuals who participated in all facets of Indian gaming's transformational growth over the past three decades.
Sovereign: An Oral History of Indian Gaming in America

Compiled and edited by Suzette Brewer, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a journalist specializing in American Indian culture and issues, Sovereign: An Oral History of Indian Gaming in America captures the voices of tribal leaders, lawyers, grassroots advocates, congressmen, senators, and government officials who speak candidly of the parts they played in a story still in progress.

The story itself is not just about gambling or casinos or resorts but is in a larger sense a riveting narrative about the determination of Indians across the country to challenge and change forever the commonly accepted wisdom about who they were and what they could or could not do. To quote from the introduction, Sovereign is the story of "how people who once stood on the precipice of extinction finally stood up to the naysayers, the moralists, the media, the states, and the federal government to claim their own piece of the American dream."

> View the Foreward by Ernie Stevens (PDF)
> View the Introduction (PDF)

"I encourage everyone to read Sovereign. . . . It is a look at the past that demands a call to action in the present. Become informed. Become involved. . . . We have only just begun."

-- Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association

"I firmly believe that Indian gaming has been the most successful economic development tool that was ever brought to Indian country. And it's important to remember that this is not a federal program. Indians invented Indian Gaming."

-- Philip N. Hogen, Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota
Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission


W. Ron Allen, Bobby L. Barrett, James Billie, Kurt Bluedog, Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum, Steve Cadue, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Congressman Tom Cole, Michael Cox, Stanley Crooks, Franklin Ducheneaux, John E. Echohawk, Glenn M. Feldman, Keller George, Ronald "Buzz" Gutierrez, Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Philip N. Hogen, Elizabeth Lohah Homer, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Tim Johnson, Gay Kingman, J. Kurt Luger, Anthony Miranda, Sheila Morago, Clinton Pattea, Robert "Sonny" Peacock, Anthony R. Pico, Mark Powless, Victor Rocha, Chad Smith, Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Ross Swimmer, Thelma Thomas, S. Timothy Wapato, W. Richard West, Jr., Patricia Zell