Here are a few fast facts about Native American tribal gaming and Indian Casinos in the United States as well as tribal land and reservation issues:
- Tribes receive $4 of every $10 that Americans wager at casinos.
- Indian casinos earn $26.7 billion in 2008 revenues.
- There are 425 Indian gaming facilities operating in the US and growing fast.
- 240 tribes operate casinos in the US.
- Indian gaming operates in 28 states.
- Indian gaming provides 346,000 jobs and pays $11.2 billion in wages.
- Indian gaming pays $1.3 billion in taxes to federal, state, local governments.
- Indian casinos and Native Americans living on reservations are not required to pay state taxes as long as they make their money on tribal lands. The federal government can tax individual Indians, but not tribal government revenues.
- Sovereign status exempts tribal members from paying state income tax if they live and work on the reservation, but they still must pay federal income tax.
- The biggest impact for tribal members and for the tribe at large is that their land can be placed in trust, meaning that it is not subject to property tax.
Source: National Indian Gaming Commission http://www.nigc.gov