The tribal casino industry continues to enjoy steady growth, with revenues reaching $32.4 billion
, according to the latest figures from the National Indian Gaming Commission
But in terms of actual gaming sites, Indian Country has
"largely plateaued," Dave Palermo
reports in Global Gaming Magazine. Between 2015 and 2017, tribes were only able to open another 20 facilities.
When figures from the Indian Gaming Industry Report
, an independent analysis, are taken into account, tribes have only seen a 1.2 percent growth in the number of facilities, Palermo notes.
The Wilton Rancheria will be opening a casino in Elk Grove, California, after overcoming numerous hurdles.
“With some exceptions, the Indian gaming market is fully developed,” Bryan Newland, the chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community
, says in Palermo's writeup
Entirely new facilities include ones owned by the Spokane Tribe
and the Cowlitz Tribe
, both in Washington state. Notably, both tribes had to overcome years of political, legal and regulatory hurdles.
In the immediate future, the Shawnee Tribe
is close to opening a casino in Oklahoma. The Wilton Rancheria
and the Aquinnah
are also on track to joining the industry, in California and Massachusetts, respectively.
Of the 573 federally recognized tribes in the U.S., 243 operate casinos pursuant to the Indian
Gaming Regulatory Act
, according to data from the NIGC
, a federal agency.
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(Global Gaming Magazine March 22, 2019)
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