INDIAN GAMING

Meister Economic Consulting conducts research and analysis to assess the economic and fiscal impacts of Indian gaming on tribes, competitors, surrounding communities, and the economy. We also evaluate the impacts of outside forces — such as the economic climate, competition, public policy, and alleged unlawful conduct — on Indian gaming facilities and tribes.

We have researched and analyzed many facets of Indian gaming:

  • Feasibility of new gaming facilities and expansions of existing gaming facilities

  • All 29 states in which Indian gaming exists

  • Existing and proposed gaming facilities

  • Introduction, development, and operation of gaming facilities

  • National, state, regional, and local markets

  • Class II and III gaming

  • Non-gaming amenities at gaming facilities, including hotels, restaurants, retail, entertainment, spas, meeting space, and convention centers

  • Impacts on tribal governments and tribal members, competitors, other businesses, non-tribal governments, gaming markets, and the economy

 

We have examined a wide array of issues related to Indian gaming:

  • Impacts of planned and existing gaming facilities on tribes and surrounding communities

  • Gaming facility performance

  • Public policies, including legislation, regulations, and ballot propositions

  • Land-in-trust gaming applications, including for off-reservation casinos

  • Gaming-related agreements, such as compacts, amendments to compacts, and agreements with local governments

  • Revenue sharing

  • Game performance

  • Impacts of and to other segments of the gaming industry and associated industries

  • Damages resulting from alleged unlawful conduct, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of good faith and fair dealing, anticompetitive conduct, unfair competition, and tortious interference with current and prospective business

 

Of particular note is our consultants’ previous experience conducting independent economic analysis of proposed regulatory changes on behalf of the National Indian Gaming Commission.

 

In addition to consulting, we regularly conduct independent scholarly research and analysis of Indian gaming, publishing articles and studies, and presenting at academic, professional, and industry conferences. Most notable is the annual Indian Gaming Industry Report, a nationally recognized report that provides nationwide and state-by-state Indian gaming data and analyses. The report is widely cited, including by the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Our consulting and scholarly gaming research and analyses have been used in matters before the:

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • National Indian Gaming Commission

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • World Trade Organization

 

Also see a description of our general Gaming Industry experience.

See a description and summary of our annual study, the Indian Gaming Industry Report.