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President Begaye Touts Gaming Impact

President Begaye Touts Gaming Impact
November 04
08:32 2015

“Gaming has been a boon to the Navajo Nation,” tribal President Russell Begaye said.

It has brought jobs and revenue to the tribe, he said. According to Begaye the tribe’s four gaming facilities have created 1,500 jobs – 85% are held by Navajos – and paid more than $122.5 million in employee benefits and salaries.

“It’s good for our Navajo people to get a paycheck, go shopping and buy cars,” Begaye told the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. “It gives them a tremendous sense of pride and they can raise their families.”

Through its Class III gaming compacts, the Navajo tribe also shares its revenues with the states of New Mexico and Arizona.

Three of the Navajo casinos are in New Mexico. The lone Arizona facility – Twin Arrows, near Flagstaff – is planning a major renovation to include more retail and entertainment options and employee housing.

Arizona Department of Gaming statistics show that Indian gaming has brought in more than $1.1 billion to state coffers since 2004. More than $990 million of that has gone into the Arizona Benefits Fund, which funds education, tourism, emergency services and conservation programs.

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