"I wanted to explore the issue and see how it was affecting my tribe and other tribes," Boling said. "I found out that, for the most part, the money is being used well."
Boling, 18 years old and a Hinsdale Central senior, is a member of the Comanche Nation, headquartered in Lawton, Oklahoma.
In June, Boling was named one of five winners in the national 2009 Young Native American Writers essay contest for his submission, "Preserving Native Values: The Effects of Casino Income on Tribal Traditions."
Tribes seeking to preserve their heritage "will find that the income is indeed a blessing of economic security which they have been struggling to obtain for decades," Boling wrote.
For more on the subject, see The Facts About Indian Gaming.