Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming

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Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming
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United States
CampusSan Diego State University

The Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming at the San Diego State University College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts is focused on research, policy and education around tribal gaming management within the broader industry of hospitality and tourism management.

Endowment and administration[edit]

The Institute is managed and operated by the interdisciplinary Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at SDSU and supported by an endowment from the tribal council of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. The endowment was established in 2005 with a $5 million gift from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and continual payments of $474,000 on a yearly basis.[1][2]

In 2019, the Institute announced a partnership with the National Indian Gaming Commission to enhance and expand data collection and research.[3]

Academic curriculum[edit]

Under the terms of the endowment, the Institute has created an academic curriculum leading to a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Tribal Casino Operations Management. The courses include casino operations, casino marketing and public relations, legal and regulatory issues and an introduction to tribal gaming's social, political and cultural context, along with elective courses on responsible gaming.

Research center[edit]

The Research Center funds, produces and disseminates unbiased research on tribal government gaming issues.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Leveraging the SDSU-Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming to Attract and Support More Native American Students: Some Preliminary Thoughts" (PDF). Lars Perner, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California). Retrieved 9 Sep 2016.
  2. ^ "SDSU's gaming institute focuses on tribal casinos (Sept. 6, 2010)". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 9 Sep 2016.
  3. ^ "NIGC Announces MOU with Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming" (Press release). The National Indian Gaming Commission. 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ "L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, Research Center". Archived from the original on 2012-04-18.
  5. ^ Gordon, Theodor (2019-05-28). "Tribal Casino Labor Relations and the Future of Native Nation Sovereignty". International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking.

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