Welcome!

Apache Authors: Gilad Parann-Nissany, ChandraShekar Dattatreya, Michael Meiner, MC Brown, Amy Lindberg

News Feed Item

Arizona Tribal Gaming Tops $1 Billion in Shared Revenues with All Arizonans through the Arizona Benefits Fund

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Valerie Spicer, Executive Director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA), announced today that Tribal Gaming has contributed more than $1 billion in shared Tribal gaming revenues to Arizona over the past 11 years. The historic achievement was recorded in the first quarter of FY 2015, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming. Tribal gaming revenue directly supports Arizona public and charter schools, trauma and emergency services, economic development through tourism, wildlife conservation, and cities and towns throughout the state.  

"In 2002, when the Tribal leaders envisioned how to share gaming revenues, they wanted to provide not only for their own people, but for everyone who calls our state home," said Spicer. "Our culture teaches us to give back and help others. Through their wisdom the Leadership developed the Arizona Benefits Fund."

Records published by the Arizona Department of Gaming show that Tribal contributions have continued, uninterrupted, even during the worst of the Great Recession. The first recorded year of funding is FY 2004.  Since that year, Tribal gaming has contributed nearly $430 million directly to Arizona's school districts to support students and teachers, and approximately $215 million to more than 64 hospitals in Arizona to provide emergency and trauma services. Tourism and wildlife conservation have each received about $61.5 million, and cities and towns have received nearly $105 million.  According to Peter Rhee, M.D., Chief, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Services, UA Department of Surgery, the trauma center in Tucson would not be where it is today without the money made available by Tribal Gaming dollars for trauma and ER services.  

"Shared gaming funds have provided a consistent and much needed source of revenue for Arizona," said Sherry Cordova, Chairwoman of the Cocopah Tribe, who was a member of the Prop 202 AIGA Leadership. "It is remarkable to realize that Tribes have been able to give back more than $1 billion to our state. The Arizona Benefits Fund and Tribal Gaming have been more impactful than any of us could have imagined."  

In addition to its impact through sharing revenues, Tribal gaming is a proven economic engine for the State. A statewide economic impact study of Indian gaming, commissioned by AIGA in 2012, verified that more than 15,000 people were directly employed in Indian gaming in Arizona and, when indirect jobs were added, that number exceeded 22,000.  Jonathan B. Taylor, author of the study, concluded that if tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tribal gaming in Arizona would rank above Mining and Logging, making it the third largest industry sector in the State.  

Tribal gaming is working for Tribes by creating positive and lasting impacts that benefit current members and future generations. Gaming is a major source of employment for non-Tribal and Tribal people alike, especially in rural areas of the state where economic opportunities are limited. Because of gaming dollars, Tribal governments are addressing chronic reservation deficits in education, health, housing, public safety and infrastructure.  Tribal gaming also benefits Tribes who don't engage in gaming through the negotiation of transfer agreements which provide much-needed revenue to fund those governments.  

"While the purpose of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is to promote economic development and opportunities to increase self-sufficiency for the Tribes, the State also benefits from Tribal contributions that fund important programs," said Dan Bergin, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. "Passing the $1 billion threshold in contributions to Arizona is quite an achievement, and we congratulate the Tribes on reaching this milestone."

Concluded Spicer, "Reaching the $1 billion mark is clearly significant; sharing revenues sets our industry apart.  Arizonans who need trauma care or have children in school, own businesses that rely on tourism, or revel in the natural beauty of our state, all benefit directly from Tribal gaming. It's why we say, 'It's the Tribal in Tribal Gaming that makes the difference.'"    

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has a membership of 18 tribes representing more than 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. Current membership includes:  Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Indian Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave Tribe, Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation and Pueblo of Zuni. 

Contact: Valerie Spicer, 480-284-4034, [email protected]

SOURCE Arizona Indian Gaming Association

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people's real needs and desires.
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, it’s an Internet of many different things. The difference ...
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.