Patrons at the Desert Diamond Casino - West Valley, owned and operated by the Tohono O'odham Nation in Glendale, Arizona. Photo: Desert Diamond Casino
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Arizona reports 4.8 percent increase in revenues from tribal gaming facilities

Tribes in Arizona saw another increase in business at their gaming facilities, according to new figures.

For the quarter ending September 30, the Arizona Department of Gaming said tribal revenues were up 4.3 percent, The Associated Press reported. Some $26.3 million was shared with the state.

“Second quarter fiscal year 2018 tribal gaming contributions are on track to provide more than $1 million dollars over first quarter contributions, continuing the upward trend and providing a positive indicator about the health of Arizona’s economy,” Daniel Bergin, the department's director, said in a press release. “Tribal gaming contributions fund a wide range of important programs for Arizonans and our visitors.”

The upward trend cites by Bergin has continued now for three quarters. The last quarter's increase coincides with a settlement affecting the Tohono O'odham Nation -- previously the tribe wasn't sharing revenues from the facility because the state refused to certify it for Class III games like slot machines and card games.

Under the Class III gaming compact, tribes share between 1 percent to 8 percent of revenues with the state, The AP reported. The funds are used for schools, tourism, emergency services, wildlife conservation and local communities.

As of October 31, tribes have shared more than $1.3 billion since 2004, according to the state's most recent contribution report.

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Arizona tribal casino gambling revenue up by 4.8 percent (The Associated Press November 3, 2017)

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