When I proposed the Emergency Bond Financing Legislation to the Navajo Nation Council for the first Navajo-owned casino I did not intend to be taken for granted. The purpose for the legislation was to generate money for all Navajos that could benefit from the revenues from the casinos but so far I haven't seen anything yet. No detailed budget has ever been publicized and so where's the money?
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise reports to the Navajo Nation Council are always behind closed doors in executive session, which is wrong because it is the Navajo people's money. The Navajo people do not hide their money while they are putting their hard earned money in the slot machines so why should the enterprise hide behind closed doors?
Publication of revenue from the Navajo owned casinos should be on a monthly basis. Since the purchase of the Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Churchrock Chapter has not yet been allocated any revenue back to the community. A lot of promises have been made but since then has been all talk. The Navajo people keep Fire Rock Navajo Casino in business year-round just as Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise.
The Gaming Enterprise should've stayed focused on building the permanent Navajo casino at Superman Canyon Road by Gallup, instead of building a Navajo casino in the middle of nowhere near Flagstaff, which is not bringing in any revenue to the Navajo Nation.
The revenue that was made within five years were in the millions/billions from Fire Rock Navajo Casino and it could've been utilized to purchase computers for schools, scholarships given to our Navajo children that are seeking a higher education after high school, build housing infrastructure since the Navajo Housing Authority cannot do their jobs to build those housing infrastructure for those that have been waiting for a lifetime, paved dirt roads, and electric and water extensions to the Navaio communities instead of begging for money from the state and federal government.
The Navajo Nation casinos create a lot of frustration due to losing hard-earned money and money that the elders get from first of the month which could be spent on more important things rather than making the pawn shop, the liquor stores and loan companies rich. The casinos also lead to marital problems, drinking, domestic violence, and health issues from secondhand smoke.
In conclusion we all need to wake up and question ourselves, "Is the Navajo casinos a good choice we made?"
Let's all get together and ask this question. I need your suggestions and input. Start sending letters out to your elected officials and not only at the tribal level but also at the state and federal level. We need resourceful input on how we can better manage the casino revenue for the Navajo people before it's too late.
May God bless each and everyone.