Life on the Reservation Before and After Tribal Gaming Showcased in New Video

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A new video released by BenefitingArizona.org paints a picture of life in the Ak-Chin Indian Community before Tribal Gaming and the progress that has been made since.

Leona Kakar of the Ak-Chin Indian Community

Leona Kakar of the Ak-Chin Indian Community

Tribal Gaming has helped Tribal Communities overcome centuries of displacement and limited economic opportunities to become stronger, self-governing communities.

A new video released by BenefitingArizona.org paints a picture of life in the Ak-Chin Indian Community before Tribal Gaming and the opportunities for the community and the surrounding area since. The story is captured through the eyes of Leona Kakar, a Tribal elder in the Community. Kakar gives us a warm, insightful glimpse into her experience growing up on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation, 35 miles south of the Phoenix metro area. Her childhood in this small farming community, with limited access to services, housing, and economic opportunity is contrasted against the growth and progress enjoyed by the community today. Not only has the Tribe seen growth and prosperity, but has become an important economic engine for the the neighboring city of Maricopa.

“Tribal Gaming in Arizona is so much more than commercial casinos and resorts,” said Valerie Spicer, Executive Director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. Spicer added, “this video provides a compelling, firsthand look at life before and after gaming for the Ak-Chin people.”

Since the Gaming Compact was signed between Arizona and Tribes in 2002, Tribal Gaming has helped Tribal Communities overcome centuries of displacement and limited economic opportunities to become stronger, self-governing communities. Not only does this create opportunities for the Tribes themselves, but also for the communities that surround them, especially in rural areas of Arizona.

Tribal Gaming not only contributes to the success and self-reliance of Arizona’s Tribes and surrounding communities, it also shares revenues with all Arizonans, with funding dedicated to key areas such as education, wildlife conservation, trauma and emergency care, tourism, and much more. For a comprehensive view of the benefits of the shared revenues that come from Tribal Gaming, visit http://benefitingarizona.org/who-benefits/.

To view the video in its entirety, visit http://benefitingarizona.org/the-ak-chin-indian-community-before-tribal-gaming/

About Benefiting Arizona:
Benefiting Arizona is a grass roots organization of individuals, businesses, Tribes, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations who recognize the many benefits experienced by the people of Arizona as a result of the current Tribal-State gaming compacts. This government-to-government partnership provides opportunity for Tribes and all Arizonans. For more information, visit BenefitingArizona.org.

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