Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Oklahoma, 1996).
Includes bibliographical references (p. -321) and index.
Indian policy and conflict in the American political system -- Indian gaming: the law, the interests, and the scope of conflict -- New Mexico: gaming and hardball politics -- "We'll remember in November" -- A clash of sovereigns, a clash of history.
Examines the conflicts over American Indian tribes' gambling operations, focusing on tribes in New Mexico and Oklahoma. Also places recent events in other states - notably California and Minnesota - within the perspective of historic Indian policy, states' rights arguments, and federalism.