Tonto Apache Chairperson Vivian Burdette met with Governor Jane Hull Wednesday to sign the tribe’s gaming compact.
Burdette, along with Hubert Nanty, chairman of the Tonto Apache Gaming Board, and other members of the tribal council, have worked steadily for the past two years, making almost weekly trips to Phoenix to create the new compact, according to Nathaniel Campbell, spokesman for the tribe.
“It is a great victory for us,” Campbell said.
After Burdette and Hull signed the compact, it was sent to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton for her signature, Campbell said.
He said Burdette expects the new compact to go into effect sometime in January.
With the new compact in place, Campbell said there will be a couple of changes people can expect at the Mazatzal Casino, such as live blackjack tables and, as of May 31, no one under 21 will be allowed to gamble or work at the casino.
He said the age change is not expected to have a big impact on the operation or revenues earned.