Tribal gaming revenues fell in California for second year in a row

Tribal gaming revenues in California fell 5.3 percent in 2009, according to the new Indian Gaming Industry Report.

Tribes took in $6.9 billion in 2009, down from $7.3 billion in 2008 and $7.8 billion in 2007. This is the second year in a row that revenues have fallen in California.

"We were significantly off," Mark Macarro, the chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, told The Los Angeles Times.

The decline in the last couple of years has been attributed to the recession. But report author Alan Meister said growth in California began to level off in 2005, partly due to increased demands on tribes made by the state through the Class III compacting process.

Nationally, tribal gaming revenues fell 1 percent, the first decline since 1998.

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