Tribal gaming contributions decrease in Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) October 2010

State contributions from tribal casinos have decreased by nearly 10 percent over the past fiscal year.

Arizona Department of Gaming Director Mark Brnovich attributes the fall to the economy and says other gaming jurisdictions are suffering losses as well.

Tribal gaming brought in nearly $78 million to the state in the 2010 fiscal year that ended June 30.

The money from tribal casinos funds education, trauma and emergency services, the Department of Gaming, wildlife conservation, tourism and problem gambling education programs.

Tribes with casinos contribute 1 percent to 8 percent of their gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. Arizona has 22 Class III tribal casinos, which include slot machines, jackpot poker, blackjack, keno and off-track betting.