Gambling games are looked upon very differently from one culture to the next. In Protestant and Catholic cultures, gambling is seen as a sinful vice, associated with other illicit activities.In Native American cultures, however, gambling is an ancient tradition associated with noble virtues such as intelligence, concentration, acuity, strategic thinking, leadership, resource management, discipline, spiritual development, and good sportsmanship.It is then no wonder that a nation indigenous to the coast of northern California had a village in one part of their territory that was devoted to the art and science of traditional gambling games much like a college or seminary for gamblers. While not every NDN (sic) Nation set up such institutions, most had some sort of tradition for wagering bets on games of skill and games of chance.Gambling is still a part of Native American traditional life. Celebrations and even sacred rituals such as healing ceremonies will often include gambling, after the prayers are done and the feast is shared.Since tribally owned casinos provide massive economic stimuli for impoverished Native populations, challenging the rights of tribes to own and run their own casinos is also a way of keeping Native people in devastating poverty. An example of the difference between owning a casino and not owning one can be seen when comparing two bands of the same tribe. One band in Oklahoma, has no casino within their jurisdiction. The other band of the same tribe, in Kansas, has their own casino. Laws differ from state to state.The band in Kansas used the revenues from the casino to build schools, buy a regulation school bus, and most importantly, to build a desperately needed health clinic. The Oklahoma band of the same tribe has none of these facilities because they lack the casino generated revenue necessary to build and maintain them, let alone staff them. Casino revenues also provide the capital loans for tribal members to start small businesses.A series of court cases and legislative acts in the 1980′s set a precedent for Native gaming rights and regulation. These historic landmarks include: Seminole Tribe vs. Butterworth (1979), California vs. Cabazon Band (1987), and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988. However, these gains have been repeatedly challenged by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), in an ongoing campaign to weaken Native sovereignty and to confiscate or divert Native gaming revenues.As on-line gambling websites redefine the concept of territory in cyberspace, Native American gaming rights and issues of sovereignty, freedom, and self determination are once again at “stake” (pun intended). Will you wager a bet on the future of Native American gambling, as it evolves with modern technology, and a global economy?
In the past, people only knew two general kinds of games – indoor games and outdoor games. Included in the list of indoor games are those that are played under a roof such as scrabble, chess, puzzles and others while outdoor games such as football, soccer, volleyball, baseball and others require either a ground or a big field to play. Do you now that in the earlier times, these indoor and outdoor games also did not exist? However, because people keep on looking for something new, different kinds of gambling were developed.With the advent of computer and other electronics, the need for another type of gambling, something that is really different from what existed before became more prominent. Many manufacturers felt this need and they jumped into developing something that would provide a different kind of gambling that will cater to all interests and preferences of different people. Because of their consistent efforts, it took no time to turn their dreams into reality and with it comes a new version of gambling. This new type can only be played with computers and television. Though this is the case, the popularity of games under this type soared high as they swept people of all ages off their feet. However, aside from the computer and television which are common to many household these days, the kinds of games played under this type require different kinds of machines and gambling consoles which are pretty expensive and could not be afforded by those who are not really rich and affluent. It would be unfair to some if they will not be given the chance to enjoy great games simply because they could not afford the expensive machines and gadgets needed to play the games. This is when another type of gambling comes into the picture – Online gambling!Playing games online is the trend nowadays. You do not need to spend a fortune for some expensive machines and gadgets to have fun and entertainment. All you need is your computer and of course, an access to the Internet and you are set to have fun! What makes this type more popular is that it allows any individual to enjoy while saving himself from stress. Multitasking is also learned and practiced by playing games online. You can work, talk on the phone, and do other things while playing. All these can be done simultaneously. Moreover, playing online games helps a person develop the spirit of sportsmanship, competition and confidence because unlike playing on machines and gadgets wherein a player competes with a virtual opponent, in online gambling, the player competes with a real person online!There are more benefits that a person can get from playing games online. When you realize all the benefits of online gambling, you would probably ask yourself why these online games have just been developed. Thanks to all the indoor and outdoor games because it was through them that the online games were developed. People also owe the technology gratitude as these all were made possible through the advancement of technology.