September 26, 2019 / Modified sep 26, 2019 5:11 p.m.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe distributes gaming funds to community groups

The grants represent a percentage of its contribution to the state through its tribal gaming compact with the state.

Pascua Yaqui gaming compact Tribal officials and representatives from the 14 organizations that received a grant through the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's gaming contributions pose September 16, 2019, with a check for the total amount donated to the organizations.
Courtesy of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

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The Pascua Yaqui Tribe awarded $283,322 to more than a dozen organizations across Arizona as part of the its tribal gaming compact with Arizona.

According to the compact, tribes with casinos must give 1% to 8% of their gaming revenue to the state. The percentage is determined by the amount of the tribe's annual gaming revenue. Treasurer Ray Baltazar of the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council said the tribe must contribute 12% of the funds owed to the state to cities, towns and counties in Arizona, or to a state fund. It can also give to both categories.

If the tribe decides to donate to cities, towns, counties, public schools, and nonprofits, it must award the grants to applicants that pitch projects that benefit the community. Baltazar said this year the tribe donated all $283,322 to such organizations across Arizona.

"We try and distribute the funds evenly to different organizations that are making an impact to social services, public safety, the education of our children, our veterans — we try to look across the whole spectrum of service," said Baltazar.

He said each year more than 100 organizations apply to receive a portion of the funds. This year there were 14 awardees, listed below.

"The tribe wanted to assist these organizations that are providing these crucial services to not only tribal members living off the reservation, but everyone else in need of welfare," said Baltazar.

Awardees

  • American Legion Cocio-Estrada Post 59
  • Angel Heart Pajama Project
  • City of Tucson Ward 5
  • Eagles Wings of Grace
  • Echoing Hope Ranch
  • Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Frank Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization
  • GAP Ministries
  • Guadalupe Post 124
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • TUSD Borton Elementary School
  • TUSD Lynn Urquides Elementary School
  • TUSD Pistor Middle School
  • TUSD Valencia Middle School
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