The Pros And Cons Of The Apache Gold Casino

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The second threat is many states are legalizing or planning to legalize commercial casino gambling. Unlike Native American casinos commercial casinos turn over a large share of their profit to the cities and states in taxes.
A staff writer for ABC News in Arizona in an article titled "Casinos Not Paying Off for Indians" also points out that the Indian casinos don’t always improve the lives of the tribe members. In an article titled "Casinos Not Paying Off for Indians" the writer makes an attempt to prove most of the Native American casinos do little to improve the lives of the tribe members. The Apache Gold Casino in San Carlos, Arizona is a golf and gambling resort with a $40 million hotel. A plaque outside the resort declares the resort has “helped enable the San Carlos Apache Tribe to give a better quality of life to its tribal members.” Seven years after opening many Apache families still live in mobile homes. The unemployment rate has climbed from 42 percent in 1991 to 58 percent in 1997. The number of tribal members receiving welfare has jumped 20 percent and the tribal government still grants home sites without water and sewer connections.
“We get no help from the casino, no money, nothing,” said Pauline Randall, 75, a lifelong resident of San Carlos. The same complaints complaints are made on other reservations that have built casinos in the last decade. Many Indians state that either the casinos make little profit after expenses, or the profit is paid mostly to the Indian officials that have been placed charge of the the management of the casinos. An Associated Press computer analysis of federal unemployment, poverty and public assistance records indicates the majority of American Indians have benefited little. Semin...

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...their casino operation is the media attention given to the few tribal gaming operations that have seen great success. The writer notes that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota are among the most successful gambling establishments in the country. However, these operations are the exception, rather than the rule. There are 175 tribal operations in rural areas that are only marginally profitable.
Of the Native American gaming operations that do make a sizable profit, unemployment on their reservations has been greatly reduced. With their gaming revenues they have been able to to create and maintain police force, fire and ambulance services, health and child-care services, and invest in education. Currently all Native American gaming operations revenues account for 21% of total gaming industry in America

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