Indian gaming grows 5% to $29.9 billion dollars in 2015
Press Release PR-250 07-2016
LIVE FROM INDIAN COUNTRY, THE NIGC ANNOUNCES LARGEST TRIBAL REVENUE GAIN IN 10
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sarah Beccio
Indio, Ca. - July 19, 2016 Today the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)
released data showing revenues generated by the Indian gaming industry in 2015
totaled $29.9 billion dollars. After six years of modest, but stable growth, the
5% increase in GGR from 2014 is the largest increase in 10 years.
Chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause, and
Associate Commissioner E. Sequoyah Simermeyer made the announcement from within
the homelands of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians.
“The strong regulation that tribes as well as federal regulators and other stake
holders provides has played a key role in the stability and growth of the Indian
gaming industry by providing consistency and predictability.” said the Chairman
of the NIGC, Jonodev O. Chaudhuri.
The Commission also noted the role of the many small or moderately sized Indian
gaming operations that support rural economic development where little else has.
Only 6.5% of operations can show a $250 million dollar or more GGR. The majority
of tribes, 57%, generate less than $25 million per year in gross gaming revenue.
And 20% of the total 474 tribal gaming operations produce less than $3 million
The Chairman further stated that Indian gaming is fundamentally different than
commercial enterprises; it directly provides resources for Indian people
including, social services, public works, education, housing, health care,
emergency services, public safety and cultural presentation programs that no
other economic driver has yet to provide.
The announcement was made from a location that was historically significant to
the tribal gaming industry. The Commission highlighted Cabazon’s early efforts
to engage in gaming as a modest means of pursuing self-sufficiency and how those
efforts ultimately contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of
California v. Cabazon, which recognized and reaffirmed the inherent authority of
tribal nations to regulate gaming activities within their communities.
“The Indian gaming industry can look back on tremendous growth and advancement.
In the 30 years since the Cabazon case was argued before the Supreme Court,
Indian gaming has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry annually. This is
in no doubt due largely to the innovation, leadership, and positive reputation
that Indian Country, in conjunction with the regulatory community, has
cultivated since the advent of Indian gaming.” said Chairman Chaudhuri.
The 2015 GGR was calculated based on 474 independently audited financial
statements received by 238 tribes.
The National Indian Gaming Commission is an independent regulatory agency
to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.
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