The major difference between the two forms of gaming is the ownership. Commercial casinos pay a state tax based on the gross gaming revenue and distribute their after-tax profits to their individual shareholders and owners, and the individuals pay state and federal taxes on that income. Indian casinos do not pay a state tax as such, although the tribes pay the state and local governments a fee based on the casino revenue.
The Supreme Court ruling in Carcieri allows opponents to question whether Interior has the authority to place land in trust for gambling. “We are excited to make a significant economic investment in the Arkansas River Valley with this first-class resort,” Terry Green, co-owner of Gulfside, said in a press release. Quapaw’s Downstream Development Corporation is looking to open a casino and 12-story hotel in Pine Bluff, in Jefferson County, as early as 2020. Berrey says the Quapaw also wanted to invest in the tribe’s ancestral lands in Jefferson County. “Their goal and part of my goal was to protect the western side of the state of Arkansas from expanded gambling, which would encroach on the market of Downstream Casino Resort and the Cherokee Nation,” Quapaw Chairman John Berrey says.
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They settled into four villages at the mouth of the Arkansas River. This is where the Quapaw stayed until they were pushed out by Euro-Americans several hundred years later. The Quapaw moved down the Mississippi River into Arkansas, displacing the Tunica and the Illinois.
- Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November 2018 to allow four casinos to be built in the state.
- A ballot measure calling for the state to license four casinos was approved by voters in the Nov 2018 election.
- Mississippi’s gambling options include riverboat gambling along with horse and greyhound racing.
- Allison Burum, a spokesperson for Cherokee Nation Businesses, also said the disagreement is limited to Arkansas.
- States begin to object to tribal casinos offering video poker machines.