The History of Tribal Casinos in the US
It all began back in the seventies when the Seminole Tribe in Florida launched a bingo operation. The history of tribal casinos on Indian reservations was born out of a Supreme Court Ruling in 1979.
The State of Florida took action against a new bingo operation on an Indian Reservation which became a popular tourist attraction. Gambling was illegal across most of the US including Florida and the authorities tried to close down. A run of lawsuits led to the Supreme Court ruling which declared the state of Florida did not have jurisdiction over Indian Reservations activities. It was against the US Constitution.