So absurd, word to Chief Bone Necklace
Down at the Lakota Sioux Casino
A whole culture boiled down to giving you pokeno

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The card game pokeno is often played in casinos. Most of America just picture the whole Native American race as the “casino owners”. Most of them have nothing to do with casinos, and had to give up all their land just for the right to own one. Fair trade right?

Also should be noted that the word “pekeno” sounds similar to the Spanish word for small, “pequeño”. Meaning that the Native Americans were given very little in return for having to give up their whole culture.

As an interesting side note: when the Lakota were building their casino, the state of South Dakota made gambling legal state-wide, drastically reducing any potential profits.

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