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Arizona Receives More Than $1 Billion From Tribal Gaming

The state has received more than $1 billion from Indian gaming in the past 11 years, according to a recently released report from the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.

Tribal gaming has contributed nearly $430 million dollars to Arizona’s school districts with another $215 million going to more than 64 hospitals to provide emergency and trauma services across the state. Tourism, wildlife conservation and local governments have received nearly $230 million. Casinos in Arizona generated $1.8 billion in the 2014 fiscal year alone.

The Gaming Association report also showed that Indian gaming directly employed 15,000 people directly and another 7,000 people indirectly.

Al Macias, former KJZZ news director, is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.