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Arizona's Final Gaming Compact Signed

22 May 2003

PRESCOTT, Arizona – As reported by the Prescott Daily Courier: "Gov. Janet Napolitano and the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe joined in a pivotal moment Tuesday when they signed the state's final gaming compact with Arizona's Indian tribes that operate casinos.

"…Proposition 202, the compact's backbone that Arizona voters approved last November, extends gaming benefits to tribes that have chosen not to open casinos, Napolitano noted. Two non-gaming tribes, the San Juan Southern Paiute and Hopi, may still sign compacts, Department of Gaming spokesperson Christa Severns said.

"…The U.S. Department of Interior now has as many as 45 days to sign off on the compact, but Department of Gaming officials predict that process will be quicker because Interior already has reviewed other identical Arizona tribal compacts.

"Once Interior signs off, it usually takes about two more weeks for the compact to appear in the Federal Register, Severns said.

"Then, the tribe can start offering Vegas-style blackjack at its two casinos next to Prescott. Tribal Business Manager Bill Bohannon said the tribe hopes to be ready to start the new games as soon as the compact is published in the Federal Register.

"…While all the gaming compacts are identical, the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe negotiated a separate letter that will serve as an addendum to its compact…"

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