Introduction to Indian Gaming Law

Course Description:

In just over three decades, "Indian gaming" has become a $34.6 billion industry with nearly 500 casinos operated by over 240 American Indian tribes in 29 states. Tribal casinos are transforming reservation quality of life and tribal government administration. Indian gaming is creating new legal, political, and socioeconomic opportunities and challenges for tribal and non-tribal governments, policymakers, and legal practitioners throughout the U.S. Gaming industry executives at the C-Suite level and unit managers in such areas as audit, compliance, customer service, hospitality or food and beverage, human resources, information systems, licensing, marketing, and other areas of retail or gaming operations also are looking to understand what Indian gaming is and how it aligns with, and differs from, commercial casino operations and management.

What is tribal gaming? How did it become the most prominent and significant economic development strategy for American Indian tribes today? How does it fit within the overall legalized gaming industry in terms of law, public policy, and politics? And what are the key differences between commercial and tribal gaming operations?

This team-taught course introduces the substantive frameworks governing Indian gaming and information that will help you get to the next level, whether you are working in or interfacing with the tribal gaming industry.

The course will cover statutes, regulations, and case law pertaining to Indian gaming issues, with particular focus on the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA) and its interpretation. Participants will learn about Indian gaming's origins and policy goals, how tribal gaming is regulated, and the tribal-state compacting process required for casino-style gaming.

Course Delivery:

The program will be offered in an Asynchronous format with course content hosted on the university's non-credit learning management system, UNLVGO, powered by Canvas. Designed to be completed over six weeks, participants will be able to complete 20-25 hours of training with each course through the online portal. Faculty may choose to organize virtual meetings as part of the online program.

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your registration, please send an email to Requests submitted on or before November 3, 2023 will receive a 100% refund of the registration fee minus a $100 administrative fee.

For More Information:

For more information about this program, please contact Sarah Gonzales, Director of Graduate Programs at or (702) 895-3654.

This course has discount registration fees! UNLV Staff and Alumni, visit for more information. Otherwise, email us at to see if you qualify for a discount.

Dates:November 6 - December 31, 2023
 Online Delivery-Asynchronous, 2 sessions
Instructor:Instructor Information
Fee: $2,500.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

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