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American Indian Studies

This page is a starting point for all students researching American Indian issues. This guide is created by the Labriola National American Indian Data Center.

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Includes the Labriola National American Indian Data Center's collection of tribal newspapers, newsletters, reports, photographs, ephemera, and more. Covering time periods from prehistory to the present, the American Indian Index contains close to 8,000 items covering both the United States and Canada.


Using such key words as "Indian" and "gaming", a researcher could find the following:

  • "Pima Indian Stick Game", which includes game pieces and rules
  • Brochures from Indian casinos
  • Newspaper articles on Indian Gaming
  • Essays on gaming and sovereignty



Those interested in information regarding gaming standards and regulations be sure to check out Government Documents on the third floor of Hayden Library (or the government documents section of a local library.) The Arizona Government Documents division contains copies of gaming compacts for Arizona Indian tribes.


Government publications on Indian gaming include House and Senate Indian gaming hearings, Public Laws that originate from the hearings, and state gaming compacts. Listed below are indexes that may help in researching governmental law and policy.

Congressional Universe. (1789+)
This index contains the Congressional Information Service indexing and abstracting of congressional publications (1970-present); Congressional Indexes (1789-1969); full text of congressional reports, documents, bills, and the Congressional Record; testimony (1988-present); public laws; and the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations.


Government Printing Office Index. (1976+)
This is an electronic version of the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. You may search this index by title, author, keyword, subject, and report number.



Other links with information in Indian Gaming include:​

Article Databases

Gaming topics are covered in a wide variety of journals and newspapers. The following electronic databases and indexes can assist in locating such information about Indian gaming. Use key words such as Native American gambling, American Indian casinos, or Indian gaming.

Arizona Newsstand. (1986+) Provides full-text coverage of Arizona newspapers such as the Arizona Business, Arizona Business Gazette, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Daily Sun, Arizona Republic (to August 2001), Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix Gazette, and the Tucson Citizen. A researcher may find general and specific information dealing with gambling on Arizona Indian reservations.


Bibliography of Native North Americans. (1500+) This bibliography contains citations to literature about Native peoples of North America published from the 16th century to the present. It also contains over 60,000 citations to journal articles, essays, monographs, dissertations and U.S. Government documents.
Business Newsbank. (1993+) Contains selected articles from almost 500 U.S. and Canadian daily newspapers and business newsweeklies.


EBSCO. (1990+) EBSCOs Academic Search Elite engine searches for articles from over 1500 magazines and scholarly journals; most are online. EBSCOs Online Citations searches only online academic journals.


Ethnic NewsWatch. (1960+) Ethnic News Watch is a database that includes more than 100 ethnic and minority newspapers, magazines, journals and newsletters - with complete full text articles. There are numerous articles on gaming issues. Examples of Native American Newspapers are: Navajo Nation Today, Navajo Times, Cherokee Advocate, Indian Country Today, Seminole Tribune, Char-Koosta News, (The) Circle, Au-Authm Action News, Ft. Apache Scout, Native Nevadan, News From Indian Country, Sho-Ban News, Tundra Times, and Wind River News.


JSTOR. Includes back issues and online articles from scholarly journals in many subject areas including gaming. Articles are online and can be printed or downloaded to your computer.


The following bibliography lists reference material dealing with the rapidly growing issue of Indian gaming. These resources include material found in the Labriola National American Indian Data Center in the University Libraries at Arizona State University, websites, and other research facilities. 

Reference Books

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.