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There are 474 American Indian gaming operations in the United States. These are owned by 243 of the nation's 566 federally-recognized tribes. These gaming tribes operate in 28 of the 50 states. The annual revenue from all Indian gaming exceeds $31 billion and represents 43% of all casino gaming revenue in the U.S. (Source: National Indian Gaming Commission)

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There are 28 states with American Indian casinos.

Use this map to find casino locations, gaming information, bingo, restaurants, entertainment, hotel room accommodations.

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Indian Gaming News

10.19.2017 Does Indian gaming have a $100 billion economic impact?
News A report on the economic impact of Native American casinos in the U.S. was recently released. The report was presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA). It was released in Oklahoma City at a meeting of casino gaming leaders. ... Read more
07.17.2017 2016 Indian Gaming industry grew 4.4% to $31.2 billion
News Press Release from National Indian Gaming Commission
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07.15.2016 2015 Indian Gaming industry grew 5% to $29.9 billion dollars
News National Indian Gaming Commission Press Release PR-250 07-2016, Live from Indian Country, the NIGC Announces Largest Tribal Revenue Gain in 10 Years, ... Read more
07.23.2015 2014 Indian Gaming industry grew 1.5% to $28.5 billion
News Released data showing revenues generated by the Indian gaming industry in 2014 totaled $28.5 billion, marking the fifth consecutive year of growth of gross gaming revenues (GGR) since 2009. ... Read more
05.06.2015 2013 Indian Gaming Industry Report
News 2015 Casino City Press today announced the release of the 2015 edition of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report the most comprehensive, up-to-date study of Indian gaming available ? authored by Dr. Alan Meister, an economist ... Read more
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Indian Casino Facts

  • Indian casino revenue neared $31.2 billion in 2016.

  • Indian gaming operates in 28 states. 24 states allow Vegas-style Class III Indian casinos, 4 allow Class II-only casinos (bingo slots).

  • 38 percent of all U.S. gambling revenues come from the two states California and Oklahoma.

  • Indian gaming provides 612,000 jobs nationwide (both direct & indirect jobs).

  • Indian gaming pays $9 billion in taxes and revenue sharing payments to federal, state, and local governments.

  • The top 5 states for Indian casino revenue:
    Source: Casino City's Indian Gaming Report 2015

    1. California: $7 billion
    2. Oklahoma: $3.77 billion
    3. Florida: $2.33 billion
    4. Washington: $2.32 billion
    5. Arizona: $1.8 billion

Source: National Indian Gaming Commission www.nigc.gov

Brief History about Indian Gaming

1979 - Birth of Indian Gaming
The Seminole Tribe opened a high-stakes bingo hall on their reservation at Hollywood, Florida on December 14, 1979 and the state tried immediately to shut it down. This was followed by a series of court battles leading to a final decision by the United States Supreme Court in 1981.  The court ruled in favor of the Seminoles affirming their right to operate their bingo hall.
(Ref: Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Butterworth)

1987 - U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Indian Gaming
The United States Supreme Court ruled that federally-recognized tribes could operate casinos outside state jurisdiction because the tribes were considered sovereign entities by the United States and the gaming operation must not be directly prohibited in that state.
(Ref: California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians)

1988 - Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to establish the rules for the operation and regulation of Indian gaming.

The Act provides that a federally-recognized tribe may conduct gaming activities within the limitations of a compact negotiated between the tribe and the state and approved by the U.S. Department of Interior.

There is more information about the IGRA in the next section.

Indian Gaming Regulation

Indian gaming is authorized by the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Under this law Indian tribes in any state can conduct gambling on Indian land as long as the type of gambling has been authorized for non-Indians.

The IGRA defines "Indian land" as either:

  • Land that is part of a federally recognized Indian reservation, or
  • Off-reservation land that is held in trust for a tribe by the federal government.

The IGRA divides  gaming into three classes:

  • Class I Gaming
    Defined as "traditional tribal gaming and social gaming" with minimal prizes.  This class is controlled exclusively by tribal governments.
  • Class II Gaming
    Defined as gambling played exclusively against other players and not the house.  Examples are bingo, poker, keno, pull-tabs, punchboards, and other "non-banked" card games.  It is governed by a tribal ordinance that must meet federal guidelines and be approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
  • Class III Gaming
    Defined as gambling played against the house, sometimes referred to as Vegas-style gambling.  Includes slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, and "all forms of gaming that are not class I gaming or class II gaming."  Tribes negotiate a gaming compact with the government of the state in which it is located. The compacts insure the gambling complies with state laws.

Government Agencies

  • National Indian Gaming Commission
    The NIGC was established by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 as a federal agency to investigate, audit, review, and approve Indian gaming ordinances.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs handles the administration and management of 55.7 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. There are 562 federal recognized tribal governments in the United States.
  • Committee of Indian Affairs
    This Senate committee has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native peoples including economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, education, health care, and claims against the United States.
  • National Indian Gaming Association
    The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is a non-profit Indian gaming association of tribal members and industry members. Its mission is to protect the welfare of tribes seeking self-sufficiency through Indian gaming.

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