Miami Tribe hits Bingo jackpot

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MIAMI, Okla. - The Miami Tribe has literally hit the Bingo jackpot. This past fall it bought a multi-million-dollar business and recently opened its new headquarters on tribal land.

Using latest technology, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Business Development Authority (MBDA), a political subdivision of the tribe is providing electronic Bingo machines to Bingo halls and casinos across the country.

The tribe provides an essential service for the gaming industry constructing Rocket Bingo machines "from nuts and bolts to set up in the casino," said George Tiger, a tribal spokesman. He said the new facility is making a positive impact on the community, providing more than 140 jobs in the area and throughout the United States.

"We feel good about it. It's good for our community but also good for Indian country as a whole," he said.

The Rocket Bingo system is recognized by gaming regulators for its accountability, he said, and is the only Class II electronic bingo system that is in compliance with regulations established by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the Department of Justice.

The new business has clients in Washington, California, Wisconsin, New York, Oklahoma and will be working with customers in Florida and Texas in the near future, Tiger said.

A dedication ceremony of the new facility was attended by Miami mayor Louis "Red" Mathia, members of the MBDA and Barbara Warner from the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission.

Warner complimented the tribe and the municipality for working together and noted how the success of the business exemplifies "a great exercise of tribal sovereignty."

Tiger agreed, saying the success of the MBDA "could be used as model to show what happens when tribes take the initiative."