Robert Miguel, Arizona Indian Gaming Association

from Robert Miguel

Gaming and sporting events go together hand-in-glove, but each stands on its own and has a long history of success here in the Valley — as an entertainment draw and an economic driver.

Indian Gaming, specifically, is essential to the economic well-being of not only Tribal Nations — providing employment, education, enhanced services and economic development opportunities — but to all of Arizona. Overall, shared revenue contributions from Tribal Gaming have supported the Arizona Benefits Fund with $1.82 billion since 2003. These funds support education, emergency services and trauma care, tourism, and wildlife conservation, as well as funding to Arizona’s cities, towns and counties. As the chairman of the Arizona Gaming Indian Association, I understand how critical Tribal gaming is to the economy and am dedicated to promoting and protecting the welfare of our state by supporting Tribal gaming enterprises on Arizona Indian lands. 

Overall, the entertainment value of gaming venues and sports events — from the local teams that inspire fan loyalty to the major events that draw fans nationally — is a popular focus. But the economic benefits they bring to the community are impressive. In Business Magazine gets an inside look at what’s new now as well as what the future holds for these organizations.

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Robert Miguel
Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Chairman Robert Miguel advanced his career in various roles within the Ak-Chin Indian Community, including working as a photojournalist for the Ak-Chin O’odham Runner for more than 20 years before being elected by his people to serve on its Tribal Council. Miguel serves as chairman for the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Arizona Indian Gaming Association, in addition to being on the Native American Rights Fund board of directors, the first vice president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, and as a member of the Maricopa Economic Development Association.

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