The United States Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”) of 1988, which established basic federal regulations and enforcement responsibilities for Indian gaming on reservations. Congress adopted this legislation to promote Tribal economic development while providing a framework for legitimate federal and state regulatory concerns.
Recognizing the growth of Indian gaming in the State and the need for an independent regulatory body with expertise in gaming, the Arizona Legislature passed Laws 1995, Chapter 76, which expanded the Arizona State Gaming Agency to become the Arizona Department of Gaming (“the Department”). The Department partners with Arizona’s Indian Tribes to oversee Indian casinos. Gaming in Arizona is governed by the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts between the State and 21 Arizona Tribes.
You can learn more about the Arizona Department of Gaming and different gaming scenarios by watching these videos.