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La Paz Regional Hospital Gets $50,000 From CRIT
March 28, 2005

Contribution is part of Tribes’ gaming compact; One of many measures by CRIT to support local hospital

The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) presented the La Paz Regional Hospital with a $50,000 check from funds generated by the BlueWater Resort & Casino.

The check was presented to the hospital on Thursday, March 23, and represents revenue generated by gaming on the CRIT reservation that is required by state gaming compact to be shared with the community.

As part of CRIT's gaming compact with the State of Arizona, CRIT is required to provide a tribal contribution that is a certain percentage of gaming funds.

Eighty-eight percent of those funds are mandated to go to the state. CRIT — and all tribes — have the option of keeping the other 12 percent of its tribal contribution in its local area rather than send it to Phoenix for state government.

The funds have accumulated over time. CRIT had waited until the funds accumulated enough to make a substantial difference for the hospital before cutting the $50,000 check.

“It is important to the Tribal Council to keep revenues from the BlueWater Resort & Casino in our community, and we want to make sure they were used in ways that would meet critical community needs," said Tribal Chairman Daniel Eddy, Jr.

“The La Paz Regional Hospital provides services to virtually every member of the greater Parker community, so we thought this would be an extremely beneficial use of these funds. The funds we contributed last year were put to great use and are helping to save lives in our community. We are pleased and proud to be able to make a contribution to these efforts once again," he said.

CRIT has a long history of supporting the La Paz Regional Hospital. The hospital itself is located on Tribal land and serves both Tribal and non-Tribal members of the community. The funds are required by law to be directed to a local government entity. CRIT will direct the funds to La Paz County with an agreement that they will be earmarked for hospital improvements.

For more information please contact Eric Shepard at 928.669.1271.

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