The Navajo Nation has opened its first casino in the state, the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, named after an old trading post, diner and gas station where red and gold twin arrows aimed at the ground remind motorists of what once was the “best little” stop on the interstate.
While some tribes with casinos receive millions of dollars annually from their casino operations to use for tribal services, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise has only turned over $6 million in profits to the tribe and that was several years ago.
The tribe’s four casinos generated another $10 million for the tribe’s distribution fund, the Navajo Nation Council announced last week. The money will go to the 110 chapters, a form of local government, on the reservation.
How many tribal casinos are there?
In 2020, there were a total of 525 tribal casinos in the United States.
Total number of tribal casinos in the U.S. from 2005 to 2020.
|Characteristic||Number of tribal casinos|
The Navajo Nation claims approximately 298,000 enrolled members; it is the second largest tribe in population; over 173,000 Navajos live on the reservation. The population has increased 3.5 times from the 50,000 people who resided on the reservation in 1940.
After restructuring and consolidating its four loans that fund its casinos into one, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) presented the tribe with its first payout on June 28—a $5 million check. The money will go into the tribe’s distribution fund. …
Tourism, mineral production, and lumbering are the main sources of cash income on the Navajo Reservation.
|Navajo Nation Naabeehó Bináhásdzo (Navajo)|
|166,826 Navajo/Nat. Am. 3,249 White 3,594 other, incl. multiple|
|GDP||$12.8 billion (2018)|
How much money do natives get when they turn 18?
The resolution approved by the Tribal Council in 2016 divided the Minors Fund payments into blocks. Starting in June 2017, the EBCI began releasing $25,000 to individuals when they turned 18, another $25,000 when they turned 21, and the remainder of the fund when they turned 25.
How much money do Native Americans get a month?
Members of some Native American tribes receive cash payouts from gaming revenue. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, for example, has paid its members $30,000 per month from casino earnings. Other tribes send out more modest annual checks of $1,000 or less.