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Arizona Indian Gaming Talks to Resume

20 May 2001

ARIZONA – May 20, 2001 --As reported by the Arizona Republic: "A new round of talks to determine the shape of Indian gaming in Arizona for the next ten years begins Monday in a closed-door meeting on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

"Arizona state officials will be negotiating for two days with representatives of 17 tribes to discuss the potential scope of state regulation of the $800 million per year casino business.

"…Arizona is seeking to take a cut of 7 percent of casino profits to offset what state officials call the `impacts' of gaming. The money would go into a community benefit fund and be disbursed to charitable organizations, medical facilities, mental health services and tourism promotion. Currently, the state collects nothing from the casinos except a nominal fee to run the state Department of Gaming.

"Tribal officials say the state has been vague about what it means by `impacts' and that Indian casinos have already made significant contributions to their communities through donations to charities.

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