Tribes closed casinos and hotels at the beginning of the pandemic in order to prevent further spread of the virus. A few tribes have turned their closed casinos into pandemic support centers with drive-up testing and isolation rooms for people who test positive for COVID-19. But closing casinos cuts off a key source of revenue from gaming and the associated hospitality industries like lodging, restaurants, golf, and merchandise sales. We’ll talk about the risks of operating during a pandemic weighed against the reality of severe economic hardship of not operating.
Brian Parrish – interim CEO for Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise
Greg Sarris (Southern Pomo/Coast Miwok) – Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
James Klas – founder and principal KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.
Jason Giles (Muscogee Creek) – executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association
Break 1 music: Tanokumbia (feat. El Dusty & Black Bear) (single) A Tribe Called Red (artist)
Break 2 music: Standing Rock (feat. Nick Ørbæk Jacobsen) (song) Uyarakq (artist) Miseraq (album)