Although tribal gaming revenues was down considerably over previous years, revenues still grew by about 5% nationally. This is phenomenal in relationship to Las Vegas which increased less than 2% for 2007. In an overall economic downturn, this is a significant increase which highlights the incredible growth of tribal gaming concerns in the United States.
“The continued growth is significant considering recent economic struggles throughout the country. Indian gaming continues to be an important factor in local economies by providing much needed jobs throughout Indian country and other economic development,” said Philip Hogen, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. “The Indian gaming industry has experienced tremendous growth since the inception of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) twenty years ago in 1988 when the Indian gaming industry saw revenues of $200 million, to now over $26 billion in 2007.”