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$900 Million Collected From Tribal Gaming Compact Over Ten Years Is Above Estimate

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The Cherokee Nation is marking 10 years since Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed the state to negiated with Oklahoma tribes to operate Las Vegas-style gaming.

The Tahlequah-based tribe is preparing to mark the passage of State Question 712 at a ceremony Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Although state officials estimated at the time that the agreement would generate around $71 million in additional revenue each year from the Tribal-State Gaming Compact, Oklahoma tribes have collectively exceeded those projections — generating nearly $900 million since 2004.

Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry will join Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal, state and local officials to mark the economic impact of gaming in Oklahoma over the past decade at Monday's ceremony.

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