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Navajos hand rights to slot machines to 3 tribes

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The Navajo Nation has signed a deal handing over rights to run more than a third of its allotted slot machines to three other Arizona Indian tribes.

The deal gives the Gila River Indian Community 411 machines, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation 180 and the Tohono O'odham (toh-HO'-noh OH'-tuhm) Nation 489. The Navajo retain 1,770 slots.

Indian communities and state officials forge compacts allocating the right to operate slot machines in Arizona. Tribes can lease their slot allotments to other tribal communities.