Distributive Justice in Indian Country: Should Indian Tribes Share Casino Revenues?

Authors: Sarah S. Works, J.D.

Disciplines: Business and Management, Economics

Themes: Economic Development, Intergovernmental Relations, Law and Justice, Treaty Rights and Sovereignty

This case examines the philosophical concept of distributive justice and its role in debates about whether or not revenue from Native American casino operations should be shared, with whom, and why. This case illustrates the complexities associated with questions of distributive justice within Indian Country. Specifically, this case presents issues raised in tribal-state negotiations regarding whether tribal gaming revenues can or should be shared with either State governments or other Indian tribes.