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National Indian gaming revenues reach record high

National Indian gaming revenues climbed to a record $27.9 billion in 2012 — a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. The fastest revenue growth was reported in the Tulsa Region, which includes Kansas and eastern Oklahoma, where revenue increased 6.6 percent.
by Randy Ellis Published: July 24, 2013
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“Most tribal gaming operations are in rural parts of the country where jobs are greatly needed,” Stevens said.

The dollar figures listed in the report are gross gaming revenues, which are the difference between gaming receipts and payouts.

The report is based on independently audited financial statements received by the National Indian Gaming Commission through June 20, 2013.

Financial statements are submitted by Indian gaming operations as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Nationwide, the revenues represent money generated by more than 420 gaming establishments, associated with nearly 240 tribes operating in 28 states.

Sixty-four of the gaming operations were in the Tulsa Region and 53 were in the Oklahoma City Region.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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