By Alison Bailin Batz | AZ Big Media
In 1988, the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), paving the way for the country’s Native American communities to operate casino-style gaming on tribal lands.
Among the many benefits to tribal communities was economic self-sufficiency and the financial resources to invest in infrastructure and social services programs for tribal members.
“With IGRA’s passage, tribal leadership across Indian Country recognized the tremendous impact revenue from tribal gaming would have on our communities,” said Robert Miguel, chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community and first vice president of the Intertribal Council of Arizona. “Arizona’s tribes signed their first gaming compact with the state nearly 30 years ago, further establishing our tribal sovereignty and giving us the financial resources to grow and strengthen our tribes’ infrastructure. This economic opportunity continues today as a source pride for tribal members.”