Race and Social Problems

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 59–68 | Cite as

American Indian Women Report on the Community Impact of a Tribal Casino

  • Sandra L. Momper
  • Mary Kate Dennis


This qualitative study of the community impact of a Midwest American Indian casino examined semi-structured interview data (N = 20) from American Indian women. Results indicate that the opening of the tribal casino has provided opportunities for intergroup contact to occur resulting in improved relations between Indians on the reservation and those who are not Indian from surrounding communities. These improved relations are positively affecting the relationships that develop between the members of the communities. The findings highlight the need for social workers to examine the impact of intergroup contact that is naturally occurring in tribal casino communities and develop interventions that can assist in reducing stereotypes and prejudices.


American Indians Indian reservations Qualitative Tribal casinos, community Intergroup contact 



We would like to say thank you (Miigwetch) to tribal participants for their willingness to participate in the study. The project described was assisted by grants to the first author from the Newberry Library, the National Institute of Mental Health (grant no. 1R36 MH071136-01A1), and in part by the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center-NIDA (grant no. T32DA007267-11A1). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH, UMSARC, or NIDA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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