The Cursed Fortune of Native Americans

In 1988, the U.S. government granted Native Americans the right to open casinos on their reserves and use any resulting income to help them escape poverty. It was a ruling that enabled the Seminoles to become the richest tribe in the United States. Just how much money they were making was revealed in 2006, when they bought the entire Hard Rock Cafe chain for $965 million. But for many, the money has been a curse rather than a blessing. And – while a few tribes have made substantial profits from their casinos – the majority remain mired in poverty. We investigate.


  • Year: 2009
  • Duration: 52 MINS
  • Production: TAC PRESSE
  • Director: Mathieu Firmin
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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