Gaming profits distributed to tribal members

BY JOURNAL STAFF

FORT HALL — Part of the profits from gaming at the Fort Hall Casino will be distributed to tribal members Monday, Dec. 10. Each adult enrolled tribal member will receive $1,100 and $550 for each enrolled child, according to a story in the Sho-Ban News.

Remaining funds will go into the tribal Children’s Trust Fund.

The gaming distributions are subject to federal taxes and the checks will be valid for only 30 days. Distribution hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Business Center and tribal identification will be required. For those who cannot appear in person, the tribal council will mail checks on Dec. 11. According to the Sho-Ban news story, direct deposits will not be made by tribal authorities.

The tribes operate two full casinos on the reservation with approximately 880 machines, according to World Casino Directory website.

Gambling within the confines of Indian reservations in Idaho has been legal for more than a decade following the passage of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Individual tribes around the U.S. have established their own plans for profits generated by gaming operations.

Fort Hall has established a per-capita distribution system.