12/03/08 - Tribe gaming funds to aid local projects

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The Gila River Indian Community on Tuesday earmarked $250,000 in gaming revenue money to refurbish a structure at Steele Indian School Park and fund Phoenix programs that fight hunger and violent crime.

The funding comes from Prop. 202, the 2002 voter-approved initiative which requires Arizona tribal communities to share with towns, cities and counties 12 percent of their annual contribution to the state. The funds are used to address the negative effects of gambling and promote economic development.