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Tribal casinos boost Oklahoma revenue

Joblin, Missouri (AP) 7-09

Oklahoma state revenue from casinos operated by American Indian tribes increased by nearly 30 percent in fiscal year 2009, in part because of the opening of a large new casino, according to figures provided by the Oklahoma Office of State Finance.

Revenue from tribal gaming activity rose to $105.6 million in the 2009 fiscal year. The fiscal year 2008 total was $81.4 million, state finance officials said.

The 2009 fiscal year 2009 figures represent revenues earned by the tribes in June 2008 through May 2009 and reported to the state from July 2008 through June 2009.

Three of the seven tribes that operate northeast Oklahoma casinos contributed more this fiscal year than last, while the other tribes contributed less to the state than they did the previous fiscal year.

Under an agreement between the tribes and the state, the tribes provide 4 percent to 6 percent of revenues from electronic games and 10 percent of revenues from table games to the state, said Derek Campbell, gaming compliance head with the Office of State Finance. All the tribes are under the same agreement.

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe’s gaming revenues to the state in fiscal 2009 totaled $581,370, a nearly 18 percent increase from $493,093 in fiscal 2008. The tribe owns Grand Lake Casino in Grove.

 

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe contributed $1,273,502 to state revenues in fiscal 2009, a 14 percent increase from $1,113,250 in fiscal 2008. The tribe owns Bordertown Casino, just west of Seneca, Mo.

The largest contributor to state coffers from northeast Oklahoma was the Quapaw Tribe. Its revenues to the state from Downstream Casino Resort and Quapaw Casino totaled $4,467,968 during the fiscal year.

The tribe contributed $282,869 in state revenues in fiscal 2008, but Downstream Casino Resort didn’t open until the start of the current fiscal year.

Among tribes whose revenues to the state decreased was the Peoria Tribe, which owns Buffalo Run Casino in Miami. The tribe’s contribution to the state was $546,007 in fiscal 2009, down 29 percent from $765,443 in fiscal 2008.

The Miami Tribe’s revenues to the state for the fiscal 2009 totaled $341,971, a 13 percent decrease from $390,859 in fiscal 2008. The tribe owns The Stables Casino in Miami with the Modoc Tribe.

The Ottawa Tribe contributed $164,103 to the state in fiscal 2009 from its High Winds Casino in Miami. That’s 2 percent less than the $168,094 the tribe contributed in fiscal 2008.

The state reported revenues of $444,348 in fiscal 2009 from Wyandotte Nation, which owns Wyandotte Casino in Wyandotte. That’s a decrease of nearly 35 percent from $679,170 in the previous fiscal year.

 

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