I think I understand how Indian reservations work, and how tribes can be thought of as independent nations that exist within the US, but I am still confused about land that the tribes own that is not inside their historic reservations.
Say there is a federally recognized tribe whose tiny reservation is located in the middle of California. What if the tribe was to purchase 15 acres of land that was zoned for commercial development somewhere in the Bay Area itself.
Could the tribe then open an Indian casino on their new tribal land? Or does a casino have to be built on historic reservation land?
I’m guessing they can’t legally open a casino on their 15 acres because if they could they would have done it by now…