Date of Award

January 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Mark Dusenbury


This project sought to explore and inform the current gaming use at FAA Part 139 airports and how gaming could be used for other airports across the US. This research also explored the effects of a partnership between American Indian tribes and the airports that would operate gaming within their facilities. To do so, a qualitative method was completed with case studies and narrative research through a variety of data review and physical observations. By looking at current and proposed gaming locations at FAA Part 139 airports and how American Indian tribes near airports could use gaming within airports to benefit tribal communities, this research showed that American Indian tribes would benefit from incorporating gaming into airports. By utilizing current gaming frameworks and with a successful implementation, this gaming would be able to provide further revenue for tribes that participate and allow for other connections that would help both the tribe and airport.