New gaming compact good news for Navajo

New gaming compact good news for Navajo

By Andres Guerra Luz
Cronkite News

Special to the Times | Brian Fore Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signs a memorandum of agreement to increase gaming in Arizona on tribal lands Monday.

Special to the Times | Brian Fore
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signs a memorandum of agreement to increase gaming in Arizona on tribal lands Monday.

Eight Arizona tribal leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an agreement regarding a 14-year-old gaming compact.

The new agreement allows Native American nations in Arizona to renegotiate their current agreements to expand gaming on tribal lands within the state of Arizona while restricting gaming facility construction within the Phoenix metro area.

“It’s time for us to modernize this compact to meet the changing needs of the state and to increase the opportunities for tribal gaming,” Ducey said.

Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in his keynote speech that the new compact signing benefits everyone, not just Native Americans.

In an interview with Cronkite News after the compact signing, Begaye said Native American gaming revenue contributes around $100 million yearly to the state. The funds, he said, benefit Arizona teachers, trauma centers, and tourism.

 To read the full article, pick up your copy of the Navajo Times at your nearest newsstand Thursday mornings!

  Find newsstand locations at this link.



Categories: Business
Tags: gaming