For Immediate Release ~ February 16, 2005
Contact: Shawn Pensoneau ~ (202) 632-7003
– National Indian Gaming Commission recently issued Bulletin number 01-05, which outlines the goals and objectives of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) in terms of Indian gaming revenues. IGRA requires that net revenues from Indian gaming fund essential services such as education, health care, law enforcement and fire protection, water and sewer services, and elderly and child care.
When Congress passed IGRA in 1988, the original intent was to allow Tribal government gaming in an effort to encourage tribal economic development, tribal self-sufficiency and to build strong tribal governments. The NIGC acknowledges that most tribal governments abide by the rules and regulations set out in IGRA, so this bulletin will reinforce existing practices.
For further information and a copy of the bulletin number 01-05, please visit the National Indian Gaming Commission website at www.nigc.gov or contact Shawn Pensoneau at (202) 632-7003.
The National Indian Gaming Commission is an independent regulatory agency established within the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.