Tribal Gaming Hit Hard Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
The National Indian Gaming Association has been on top of the numbers since day one, hoping to protect the welfare of tribes across the nation. Chairman of the group, Ernest Stevens Jr., a Wisconsin Oneida Nation member, stated that gaming plays a big part as to what the tribe survives on. In many cases, if they do not have gaming, then they do not have money.
Casinos in Wisconsin brought in almost $1.3 billion in gross revenues during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This was generated from almost $17.6 billion in wagers. This total will not be reached during the current fiscal year as the casinos have been closed down for months due to the virus. Plus, once they open back up, they will not see the traffic flow as they normally would, which will only mean lower earnings.