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YAKAMA CARES Yakama Legends Casino and its employees understand the importance of being good citizens to the Community and that this is paramount for good business. We give two percent (2%) of our Class III Table Games Revenue to a Community Impact Fund. Funds are then distributed once a year by a Community Impact Fund Committee. This committee is made up of five local community government representatives. These funds have made it possible to purchase fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles. They have also provided funds for road improvements and other community projects. Yakama Legends Casino also has other payments for impact costs, community impacts, and charitable donations from 1% of the CIII gaming revenue machines.  One half of the 1% is for charitable donations and the other half of the 1% covers the impact costs and tribal community impacts. Applications for the non-Tribal non-profit organization can be submitted yearly to the Charitable Fund Committee from January 1 through March 31, and these funds will be distributed in May of each year. Applications need to be made in a letter format stating: 1. Name of Organization 2. What this Organization does 3. How much money the Organization is seeking 4.Click here for more information Click here for more information


Tribal Gaming

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In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized Tribal rights to conduct gaming when it ruled that states had no authority to regulate gaming on Indian land if such gaming is permitted outside the reservation for any purpose. Congress established the legal basis for this right by passing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) in 1988. Recent studies show that tribes in Washington State pay $140 million in state and local taxes; furthermore, Tribal governments play an increasingly important role in Washington’s economy. The total value-added, multiplier effect of Tribal government and enterprise spending exceeds an estimated $2.2 billion a year. The IGRA requires that all revenues from Tribal gaming be used solely for governmental or charitable purposes, much like state government determines how lottery revenues are utilized. Tribal gaming revenue provides funding for health, education and law enforcement services for their people and helps develop a strong diverse economic base for the future. Click here for more information


Tribe History

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Long before Juan de Fuca passed through the straits in 1592, there were dozens of Indian tribes who pursued their livelihood by fishing, gathering roots and berries, harvesting shellfish and hunting in the area which was to become Washington State. The Yakama Tribes occupied nearly 17,000 square miles of this area. Their land extended from the summits of the Cascades on the west to the Palouse area of the Columbia Basin on the east. The northern border extended into British Columbia, and the southern border into Northern Oregon. Within this area there were many small tribes and bands of Indians possessing a similar way of life. In the summer of 1855, a Treaty Council was convened at Walla Walla, and the Yakama Tribes were pressured to cede 16,900 square miles for a reservation of 1,875 square miles and reserved rights and guarantees. In 1988, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act establishing a legal basis for the right to conduct gaming on reservation land. Click here for more information

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