With casino gambling spreading profitably among Indian tribes across the country, community banks in rural areas still have a And both tribal officials and bankers who have done it say the secrets are education and communication.

"At many Indian reservations, you're talking about people who have lived on the margins of society, economically speaking and otherwise," said Bruce MacDonald, tribal spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in southeastern Connecticut. "These are people who have not necessarily had a lot of banking experience."

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