The Yavapai-Apache Nation Executive Offices of Chairman Thomas Beauty and Vice Chairwoman Darlene Rubio distributed $101,244 to local communities in February pursuant to Section 12(d) of the Nation’s gaming compact.
Since the passage of Proposition 202 by Arizona voters in 2002, Arizona tribes, as part of their commitment under state gaming compacts, have shared a portion of their annual gaming revenues with the State of Arizona and local governments. Under the voter approved Proposition 202 initiative, Tribes are authorized to contribute a defined percentage of their annual gaming revenues to the Arizona Benefits Funds, with 12% of this defined amount to be distributed to local communities for the benefit of the general public.
In 2014, the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) announced that the through the voter approved Prop 202, Arizona tribes have distributed more than $1 billion to emergency funds and trauma centers, wildlife and habitat conservation, tourism promotion and education in Arizona. AIGA was established in November 1994, by Arizona tribal leaders. The Association has been committed to advancing the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically – so Indian Tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance.
In January, the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Council approved the distribution of gaming revenues to local cities and towns. Distribution included the equal distribution of $16,874 to the Town of Clarkdale, Town of Jerome, City of Sedona, City of Cottonwood, Town of Camp Verde and Yavapai County, totaling $101,244.
“I am honored that the Nation has had the opportunity to share gaming revenues with local communities. Tribal gaming provided the Nation with an economy and a lifeline to sustain our community, and sharing the benefits of tribal gaming is what makes Arizona Indian gaming so great and a win-win for all of Arizona. Cliff Castle Casino has been a hub of employment, goodwill and economic development for the Verde Valley and we look forward to the future of Indian gaming,” stated Chairman Thomas Beauty.
Upon the Tribal Council’s approval of distribution, the Executive Offices of Chairman Beauty and Vice Chairwoman Rubio met with leaders of each community and presented Prop 202 funds.