Where does the money go?

Tribal regulatory authorities are also responsible for ensuring that at least annually, an audit is conducted by an outside independent auditing firm. The results of these audits are sent to NIGC and the Arizona Department of Gaming.

Under Federal law Indian Gaming operations are owned by tribal governments. Indian Gaming revenues (after operational expenses) may only be used:
1) To support tribal governmental expenses
2) For tribal economic development
3) For charitable contributions
4) For the general welfare of the tribe
5) To support local neighboring governments for services.

A portion of profits may be used for per capita distributions to tribal members. This can only be done when a distribution plan is submitted to the Secretary of the Interior and receives his approval. Contrary to popular belief, very few tribes have profits large enough and enrolled populations small enough to make this feasible.

Less than 1% of the profits of class II gaming are sent to the NIGC as an assessment to cover their cost of regulatory enforcement; and the Arizona Department of Gaming receives an assessment fee per year per gaming machine to cover the necessary costs of their agency.