Casino Del Sol Welcomes Improvement in Gaming Compact
December 19, 2016
On Nov. 21, Governor Doug Ducey and several Arizona Indian Tribes signed
agreements to begin the process of renegotiating gaming compacts approved by
Arizona voters in 2002. On December 19, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe also agreed to
sign this agreement to begin renegotiating its gaming compact.
"The Pascua Yaqui Tribe appreciates Governor Ducey highlighting the need for
modernization of the Arizona State-Tribal Gaming compacts. We look forward to
working with him to do so," said Robert Valencia, chairman of the Pascua Yaqui
Tribe. "We anticipate future good faith discussions with the Governor to craft a
mutually beneficial agreement that will help Indian Country and all of Arizona."
Pascua Yaqui gaming revenues support tribal government programs, fund vendor
contracts in Southern Arizona, and have created gaming-related business
enterprises, all of which help to employ more than 2,000 Southern Arizonans.
"Tribal gaming is about more than just slot machines; it creates jobs and is
part of the wider Arizona entertainment industry. Tribes have created strong
friendships with the State and municipalities and we will continue that
tradition for a better and brighter future," added Valencia.
Governor Ducey's recent slogan has been, "Arizona is open for business." The
Governor has promoted lower taxes, less regulation, and the creation of new jobs
in the State of Arizona. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe shares the Governor's philosophy
and enthusiasm for job creation policies and initiatives. Indian gaming
generates needed tribal revenue and has directly produced more than 15,000 jobs
in the State of Arizona. Arizona tribal economies welcome the benefits from
reduced regulations on Indian gaming enterprises and an increase in opportunity
for tribes to continue to expand and create new jobs.
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