April 2, 2004 – California Indian Gaming in the 21st Century: Is Cultural Integrity at Stake?

Friday, April 2 / 2 PM / Oakes Mural Room

What have tribes gained and lost in the decision to open casinos on Native land? Do they risk cultural integrity by engaging in gaming? Why do some tribes choose not to game? What is a tribal-state compact, and how does the political climate affect the compact-making process? This panel will explore the effect of high-stakes gaming on Native culture, economics, enrollment, and identity.


JOELY DE LA TORRE, of Pechanga Luiseno descent, is professor and former chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. The first member of her family to complete high school, Dr. De La Torre serves as a role model for Native youth and encourages self-determination through knowledge and education. She was the first fellowship recipient of the American Political Science Association Native Fellows Program.

NICOLE MYERS LIM, a member of the Pinoleville Indian community, received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She has worked for the National Indian Justice Center and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center for the past five years. She has taught undergraduate courses on U.S. law and American Indians at San Francisco State University, and teaches federal Indian law at Sacramento State University. Ms. Lim serves as a trainer for NIJC’s regional and on-site training programs on fetal alcohol syndrome, and is currently developing a fetal alcohol awareness curriculum for tribes in California and the northwest.

RAQUELLE MYERS, a member of the Pinoleville Band of Pomo Indians, received her J.D. from the University of Utah. She serves as Staff Attorney for the National Indian Justice Center and Chief Judge/Administrator for the Intertribal Court of California, a court of limited jurisdiction currently being developed in Northern California. A member of the California Judicial Council’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias and the CDSS Tribal Government Advisory Committee, she was recently appointed to the National Taskforce on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect. She teaches undergraduate courses on federal Indian law, California Indian history, and tribal government at UC Berkeley and Sonoma State University.

Sponsored by the Native Research Cluster. Co-sponsored by the GSA, Cowell College, Merrill College, and the Department of Women’s Studies