Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Federal Indian Law and Policy

Indian Gaming law (continued)

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Use of Tribal Gaming Revenues

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act limits the use of tribal gaming net revenues to five specific areas to:

  • Fund tribal government operations or programs;
  • Provide for the general welfare of the tribe and its members;
  • Promote tribal economic development;
  • Donate to charitable organizations; and
  • Help fund operations of local government agencies providing services to tribes.

Tribes may also distribute "per capita payments" to tribal members, but only upon approval by the Secretary of the Interior of a revenue allocation plan. The Secretary must find that such a plan devotes adequate revenue to tribal government operations, government programs, and economic development.

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