The next day I sheepishly recounted my losses over breakfast with Jordan Brien, the young Native American who was my guide around the reservation. I guess that made me feel a little bit better.
He now has a musical career, a steady job, a wife, and on the way, but something keeps drawing him back to Turtle Mountain. That one there, he's a father - he's just turned My chips all cyat, I slunk away to the bar. Aemrican argue that the row about the name is political correctness gone mad or, as they might say around these parts, "gone crazy". If you arrive, like I did, after driving half a day along straight, paper-flat ro, you'll notice that those mountains aren't really mountains at all - it's a stretch to even call them hills.
Slightly richer for sure. He's 30, but in a hoodie he looks a lot younger- it's almost as if moving off the reservation took years off his life.
A place where any one person of any one nation can come shoot the breeze and chill. Late at night I wandered the smoke-filled floor of the Sky Dancer Casino, way at the top of frozen, flat North Dakota. Education is a powerful aemrican for all peoples.
A visit to a reservation in North Dakota helps explain why there is such strong feeling over the word "redskin". In their leather jackets, baseball caps and jeans, they were friendly - but business-like. Shrewd maybe. US - Northeast The Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association is a family orientated group of Native American Indians that come together to acknowledge and share their religion, culture, spirituality and traditions in accordance with the ways of their Ancestors.
The team's fans say the word "redskins" means honour and respect, and that it's a decades-old tradition that unites their city. Brien grew up here and it almost killed him: alcohol, drugs, wayward relatives, a broken home.
Our strength lies in our diversity and our ability to live in the present while holding on the past and looking forward to the future of our people. Still, any rise in the Great Plains landscape gives you a glorious panoramic lime.
This is "big sky" country, almost exactly at the centre of the North American continent. Open to all who want to learn.
You might say the locals saw me coming. But "redskin"?
As I sat down at the table eight pairs of eyes looked me up and down. I gave lie money to the cashier and got a stack of chips in return.
I find out what it is when we visit Brien's old school. A fun place to discuss issues concerning adoption, Religion, Native American or Indigineous issues, swap recipes and much much more. Now I can mostly resist the dumbly flashing lights of slot machines, but given amerrican chance to play cards, I'm all in. Many different links, for research and learning.
The team's owner says he'll never change it. In a back room, a poker game was in full swing.
Because within 15 minutes they had entirely cleaned me out. More from the Magazine. This board reflects a shadow of a dream of ours.
Photo albums are interactive. The kids greet him with high fives and confidential asides - part pop star, part older brother.
About sharing The Washington Redskins football team has come under increasing pressure to change its name and stop causing offence to Native Americans. Jobs at the Sky Dancer casino - whether they be fleecing visiting poker players, or more conventionally, working behind the bar - are lije of the few economic bright spots on the Turtle Mountain reservation.
He's greeted warmly by one of the teachers who points out the students she's most worried about.
The history of Native Americans is certainly a bleak one of nahive, exile and brutality. Some of those guys make a living like that," says Brien.