From the archive, originally posted by: [ spaceandsound ]

Casino money has also fueled the surge, providing a fast-growing source
of customers and well-financed partners for outside drug traffickers.
And cutbacks in welfare payments in cities have prompted many Indians
to return to reservations, often bringing with them connections to
gangs and drug rings.

The surge in drug-related crime stands in sharp contrast to the great
strides Indians have made over the past several decades, strengthening
their sovereignty and culture, making their way into American politics
and government and – for a small but rising number of tribes –
growing rich with new casino revenue.