November 5, 2004 Indian Casino Gaming Is Subject of Panel Discussion at the Library of Congress

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public Contact: Michelle Bernard (202) 707-8313

WHAT: A panel discussion on "Indian Casino Gaming: Friend or Foe to the Community?"

With 224 Indian tribes in 18 states, Indian gaming has become a major catalyst for economic development and community growth in recent years. However, it can be argued that casinos have brought with them an array of problems such as crime and gambling addiction, not only for the American Indian community but for others in the surrounding areas. Experts on both sides of this issue debate the pros and cons of this thriving industry.

WHERE: Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave.S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, Nov. 18

WHO: Moderator: Roger Walke, specialist in American National Government, Congressional Research Service

Panelists include:

  • Kim Eisler, author of "Revenge of the Pequots," (Simon & Schuster, 2000)
  • Cynthia Abrams, director of alcohol, other addictions and health care for the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Seneca Indian tribe.
  • Mark Van Norman, executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association and a member of the Cheyenne Indian River Sioux tribe.
  • Christopher Karnes LLP, a partner in Dorsey's Indian Law Practice Group (Dorsey & Whitney LLP) and a member of the Tuscarora National Indian tribe.
  • Keith Whyte, executive director of the national Council on Problem Gambling

The event, which is sponsored by the Library's Office of Workforce Diversity, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.


PR 04-190
ISSN 0731-3527