Native Casino Revenues Soared Last Year!
There are now 411 Indian casinos in the U.S. operated by 223 tribes in 28 states. More then half of the 341 federally recognized Indian tribes in the country operate casinos.
Because tribes are sovereign nations, they don’t have
to pay state or local taxes and are exempt from most zoning and other laws, a special status that can cause conflict with neighbors. Tribal casinos have encountered opposition from some local communities that don’t want the traffic or strain on resources.
To head off opposition, tribal leaders have grown more aggressive about asserting benefits. National Indian Gaming
Officials said that tribal gaming has created 553,000 jobs, mostly for non-Indians and that it generated $5.5 billion in federal taxes in 2004.
Tribal leaders say gambling has allowed them to lift their reservations out of poverty.
“We had to overcome insurmountable odds to turn our economy around,” said, Dee Pigsley, chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz which has a casino in Oregon. “No other development could return the kind of profits that a casino could offer.”
“We are creating economic activity that benefits our communities and surrounding communities,’ said Mark Van Norman, executive director of the National Gaming Association.
Tribal officials maintain the biggest growth areas are in California and New York. California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sought to tap tribal casinos revenue to close the state’s budget deficit. While on the other side of the country, Gov. George Pataki wants to bring five Indian casinos to the Catskills as part of a deal to settle tribal land claims.
Nevada officials have expressed concerns that tribal casinos could eat into their profits, but Nevada casinos are also generating record returns.
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