Under Chairman Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma, who took office in December, the tribe has continued to follow the gaming path. A recently-concluded request for proposals anticipated a wide range of legal services related to the compact and to the industry. The generating station, which is set to close next year, is driven by coal taken from a mineral estate owned by the Hopi Tribe and by the neighboring Navajo Nation. The Hopi Tribe has said that 85 percent of its budget is fueled by coal revenues. "The Hopi Tribe is landlocked and economic diversification on the reservation is incredibly difficult," Nuvangyaoma said in written testimony to Congress last month. "We lack clean water, reliable electricity, and access to reliable and fast internet. These are unthinkable conditions in a country this prosperous – but it is our reality."
The Class III gaming compact authorizes the tribe to offer up to 900 gaming machines. The tribe could operate the machines at its own facility, or lease them to another tribe and share in the revenues, an option that has been exercised by others in Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, five tribes are able to lease up to 613 gaming machines with their Class III compacts. Forthcoming Federal Register Notice:
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