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Arizonian Tribal Gaming

Casino gaming operations in Arizona take place on tribal lands. Past changes to tribal compacts have allowed house-banked table games in tribal casinos. Currently, 16 tribes operate over 20 casinos.

In August 2004, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. cleared the way for gambling at five tribal chapters, including two in Arizona, by not acting on legislation passed by the Tribal Council. The council had voted 59-14 for a proposal to legalize gambling in the Shiprock, Hogback and Manuelito chapters in New Mexico and the Nahata Dziil and Leupp chapters in Arizona. Both Arizona chapters are on Interstate 40 in northeastern Arizona and are considered prime locations for drawing crowds into casinos.

In January 2008, a group of former Navajo Nation leaders and grassroots supporters filed litigation to prevent the Nation from concluding a $100 million loan agreement with JP Morgan Chase to finance gaming. Their main concern was that the Nation's permanent trust fund could be required as collateral on the loan. In the same month, the tribe announced its plans to lease rights to some of its slot machines to Arizona tribes who already have gaming. In March 2008, an agreement was signed between the tribe and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise for a $35 million line of credit to begin building a casino. There were several safeguards put into place, notably that the tribe would have seven years to repay the loan at 11% interest. The agreement is a line of credit, meaning interest will only accrue on money that was actually spent, allowing the tribe to build in phases.

In 2013, the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff held its grand opening.

In 2015, the Tohono O'odham Nation opened Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley in Glendale, and in 2017, San Carlos Apache opened Apache Sky Casino in Dudleyville.

Arizonian Tribal Gaming Properties

Apache Gold Casino & Resort
Apache Sky Casino
BlueWater Resort & Casino
Bucky's Casino
Casino Arizona
Casino Del Sol
Casino of the Sun
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
Cocopah Casino & Resort
Del Sol Marketplace
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment - Sahuarita
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment - Tucson
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment - West Valley
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment - Why
Fort McDowell Casino
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Lone Butte
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Vee Quiva
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass
Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino
Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference Center
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
Paradise Casino
Spirit Mountain Casino
Talking Stick Resort
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Yavapai Casino
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