National Poll finds strong support for Indian Gaming 3-26-07

Phoenix, Ariz., - A nationwide poll conducted earlier this month found that, when informed about the benefits of Indian gaming, a wide majority of respondents 72% support Indian gaming and 81% of them believe Indian tribes benefit states and local communities.

The poll, commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGA) and conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates, queried 1000 registered voters about a wide range of issues pertaining to Indian gaming. Its margin of error is +/- 3.1%.

Among the poll’s findings is a wide recognition that Indian gaming is a major contributor to the economy in Indian country. Two-thirds of respondents believe gaming and casinos are a major part of Indian tribe economies, and almost 40% said that Indian gaming allows tribes to break the cycle of poverty.

“This poll’s findings are really welcome news to those of us in Indian country, “ said NIGA Chairman, Ernest L. Stevens, Jr. “Across the country, we know what Indian gaming is doing for tribes and for our neighbors, and these numbers are clear evidence that the public supports what we are trying to do.”

An overwhelming majority of those questioned (89.9%) support tribes’ efforts to become self-reliant and their right to have gaming enterprises on Indian lands (72%). The poll also found that a majority believe that the current regulations on Indian gaming are working, no new regulations are needed, and the compacts between states and tribes should not be renegotiated.

“Indian gaming is working and working well,” noted Chairman Stevens. “We are proud that a majority of Americans understands that Indian gaming is helping us become self-sufficient and that is well-regulated. They recognize that what is good for Indian country is good for the states and good for the nation.”

The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), established in 1985, is a non-profit organization of 184 Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around the country. The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically.

NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.


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