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Wherever there's an [[TheRez Indian reservation]] in Movieland, there ''has'' to be a casino.

This is partly TruthInTelevision. In the United States, a series of legal decisions that began with ''Bryan v. Itasca County'' in 1976 and ended with the creation of the National Indian Gaming Commission in 1988 established that Native American tribal reservations who set up a "tribal-state compact" with their state are exempt from any state gambling bans or regulation (though they are still subject to federal regulation). Since reservations are typically among the poorest and least developed parts of the nation, the upside is that giving them a monopoly on gaming is a way to attract tourists and jump-start reservation economies. The downside is that impoverished residents can be attracted to addictive gambling, and there is no guarantee that the casinos will enrich anyone but the tribal councils. Lately, the governments of smaller tribes have been ''[[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/us/california-indian-tribes-eject-thousands-of-members.html?_r=0 disenrolling members]]'' so that casino profits are spread among fewer people.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A Native American casino is one of the main settings in {{ComicBook/Scalped}}, and an important reason why the reservation is riddled with crime and corruption.
* In a [[{{ComicBook/JingleBelle}} Jingle Belle]] miniseries, Jingle turns a declining Christmas-themed amusement park into a casino after finding out that the park owner is part Native American.

* The plot of ''Film/CrookedArrows'' centers around the expansion plan of the casino on the Haudenosaunee tribe's land.
* ''Film/WalkingTall2004'': Wrestling/DwayneJohnson's character returns to his hometown to find that one of his classmates has since built a casino there. He asks his old friends how the guy managed that, since it's apparently a requirement that only Native Americans can own casinos. The friends say that the guy is part-Indian, according to the papers he provided to the gambling board... not counting whatever else the guy slipped him under the table.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': Ken Hotate, elder of the (fictional) Wamapoke Tribe, owns the Wamapoke Casino. He enjoys using his newfound money and influence to get back at white people for the many, ''many'' atrocities committed against Native Americans in the county. Such as the time he told everyone that the angry ghosts of his ancestors would put a curse on a carnival that was being held on the site of a Native American massacre. However, much of this behavior is PlayedForLaughs, as Ken gleefully loves to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] WhiteGuilt and PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad just to {{troll}} people. One episode has this tagline for the casino:
-->''Taking our money back from the white man, one quarter at a time.''
* The 1992 revival series of ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' had a plot involving our heroes demolishing a historic bridge in England, and rebuilding it across a canyon in Arizona to provide access to a Native American casino.
* In the ''Series/CSIMiami'' episode "Bloodline", a gaming official accused of trying to dip into Indian casino profits is found scalped to death.
* ''Series/CSINewYork'' used a different variation on this plot. The chief of a tribe that had set up an online casino to earn money to buy back land that had been stolen from it is murdered by [[spoiler:another member of the tribe who works for the casino and is embezzling profits that are meant to pay for the tribe's efforts to buy back its stolen land.]]
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Tony Soprano makes a deal with the owner of such an establishment (and even visits his casino) in an attempt to use backdoor politics to stop a Native American protest of a Christopher Columbus parade.
* ''Series/{{Life}}'': In episode 2x10, the deputy is killed in one of those reservation casinos.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** Francis makes a casino out of half of his and his wife's house when he finds out that the one half is on reservation territory.
** In another episode, the family goes to an Indian casino, and Hal and Malcolm are caught counting cards.
* In the "Deer Woman" episode of ''Series/MastersOfHorror'', the obligatory MagicalNativeAmerican works at a casino.
* On ''Series/BigLove'' Bill Henrickson decides to branch out from the hardware business, and partners with a Native American tribe to build a "family" casino.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted and Marshall try to outwit Barney by switching the location of Marshall's bachelor party from Atlantic City to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Brad leaves the group as soon as they arrive to gamble. They pick him up on the way back to New York, apparently having lost all his clothes and money while gambling.
* On ''Series/TheGlades'' one VictimOfTheWeek was a tribal leader who managed the tribe's casino. She made a lot of enemies because she disqualified a lot of people from being official tribe members and thus sharing in the casino's profits.
* On ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' the local Indian tribe owns a casino. The tribe's elderly chief wants to secure his tribe's future by replacing the old building with a new modern casino and hotel. To accomplish this he makes a DealWithTheDevil with Kai Proctor, the local crimelord.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': A crooked fund raiser is playing both ends to raise money for a crooked congressman. Getting millions from the Indians and also from those opposing the casino while delivering nothing while embezzling from everyone. Unfortunately [[spoiler: the congressman finds out that the fund raiser's wife is undercover Secret Service and tries to steal her files to see if he's under investigation (he isn't). The wife walks in and is beaten to death]].
* A ShowWithinAShow example. The main cast of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' made two [[FanFilm unofficial fan-made sequels]] to ''Film/LethalWeapon''. The BigBad of both of them is a corrupt Native American casino owner named Chief Lazurus.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Wabanaki tribe from ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' have the Golden Wigwam being built to the north of their trailer park, intended to usher in some much-needed profits. At present, it's largely considered an eyesore and a joke among the tribe (especially since it's in the shape of a teepee, not a wigwam), not to mention embarrassingly stereotypical. Plus, it's currently infested with zombies, making it even more despised.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer makes an Indian chief promise him that they will build a casino in exchange for Homer breaking the dam that has flooded the natives' valley. The chief says Homer will also be offered free breakfasts and four decks at blackjack.
** In another episode, Homer gives Bart as a collateral to a Native American casino and thinks that not allowing minors to gamble is a Native American custom.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': In "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E7RedMansGreed Red Man's Greed]]", evil Native American casino owners are planning to pave over South Park in order to build a freeway directly to their casino.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' episode "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine" combines this trope with IndianBurialGround. The episode ends with a SpoofAesop: Even though the European settlers slaughtered the Indians and took all their land, their modern descendants shouldn't be allowed to have casinos, because gambling brings out the worst in white people.
* Featured in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where the Griffins, on their way to New York to get Chris reinstated into the Boyscouts, stop at an Indian casino for directions, where Lois quickly becomes addicted to gambling and loses the family car.
* John Redcorn tries to open one up in Texas in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. It turns out there's a law against it there, and when asked why he didn't notice there being no other tribal casinos at all in the area, John simply thought he was the first to think of it.
* {{Parodied}} on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}},'' where [[{{Fiction500}} the Wongs]] own a casino staffed mostly by Native Martians. [[spoiler:It turns out the casino was supposed to pass into their ownership years ago, and [[SpoiledSweet Amy]] returns it to them]].
* One of the last episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs'' revolves around the Korean Jimmy finding out that he isn't part African American at all, which had been a major part of his character for most of the series, but actually Native American, leading to him opening a casino in the projects. This quickly leads to all the residents becoming addicted to gambling and going even broker than usual.