After years of debate, petitioning and hard work the Hopi Tribe of Arizona has officially entered the market with its class three gaming license finally coming into effect on 7 May.
The tribe first approved the signing of a compact with the state of Arizona in 2016 but did not enter into such an agreement until November the following year. Now, with the actioning of the licence the group will finally become the 22nd and last tribe in the state to be approved for gaming operation.
The agreement permits the operation or lease of up to, and including, 900 class three gaming units on Hopi reservation land. Whilst the tribe has no current plans for a gaming property recent economic developments in the state would suggest that it will not be long before it taps into the fertile Arizona market.