TRIBAL GAMING FACTS & FIGURES
Tribal Government Gaming in Oklahoma
• 39 federally-recognized Indian Tribes.
• 33 Tribes have signed gaming compacts.
• 114 tribal gaming operations in the state ranging from an annex to a gas station to full-scale resort casinos.
Tribes & Per Capita Payments
• Three-fourths of gaming tribes devote all of their revenue to tribal governmental services, economic and community development, to neighboring communities and to charitable purposes. Seventy-five percent of tribes do not give out per capita payments.
• Tribal government services, economic and community development, general tribal welfare, charitable donations, and any requirements for aid to local governments must be provided for before a tribe can file for a “Revenue Allocation Plan,” which must be approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
• Tribal members receiving per capital payments pay federal income tax on these payments.
Regulation & Indian Gaming
• Tribal governmental gaming is regulated on three levels.
• Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), Indian nations and tribes are the primary regulators of Indian gaming. IGRA stipulates that tribes establish the basic regulatory framework for Indian gaming.
• State regulation may be included in tribal/state compacts for Class III gaming.
• Federal agencies enforce laws relating to Indian gaming, including the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Interior Department, the Justice Department, FBI, IRS, Secret Service and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Tribal Use of Net Revenues
• Revenues from tribal governmental gaming must be used in five specific areas as stipulated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Net revenues are not to be used for purposes other than:
1. To fund tribal government operations or programs.
2. To provide for the general welfare of the Indian tribe and its members.
3. To promote tribal economic development.
4. To donate to charitable organizations.
5. To help fund operations of local government agencies.
U.S. Snapshot of Tribal Governmental Gaming
• 569 federally-recognized Indian tribes.
• 240 tribal governments engaged in gaming (Class II or Class III).
• 460 tribal governmental gaming operations (several tribes operate more than one facility).
• 28 states with tribal governmental gaming (Class II or Class III).
• 249 tribal-state gaming compacts.
• 400,000 plus jobs created
SOURCE: Oklahoma Gaming