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Arizona Reportedly Wants Share of Indian Casino Profits

12 September 2000

PHOENIX , ARIZONA –Sept. 12, 2000 – As reported by The Arizona Republic: "Arizona wants 7 percent of Arizona Indian casino profits in exchange for giving tribes exclusive rights to video lottery machines.

"…[The] proposal was contained in documents that Gov. Jane Hull's office gave to western Arizona's Colorado River Indian Tribes.

"…The tribe objects not only to the revenue-sharing proposal but to the state's position that all 15 gaming tribes will be bound by the same casino-operating agreement, tribal Chairman Daniel Eddy Jr., told the Republic.

"…State negotiators have been meeting periodically with the tribes since January. Tribes agreed to negotiate as a group, instead of individually, to renew compacts that begin expiring in 2001.

"…Eddy said his tribe has been excluded from the meetings since May because he wants to negotiate with Hull and not as part of a group.

"…[Spokesman for the Arizona Gaming Department, Paul] Walker said revenue sharing is `only a preliminary negotiating position' and that in any event, it wouldn't be a tax. Rather, it would be payment for giving up state lottery revenue from using such machines, he said…"

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