- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Tribal gaming generated a $6.3 billion economic impact for Oklahoma in 2014, according to a study by the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.

The study was commissioned by the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Commission and released at the organization’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Tribal gaming operations spent more than $580 million with Oklahoma businesses in 2014, according to the study.

The study also found that tribes paid out more than $1.16 billion in wages and benefits to gaming employees in 2014. Tribal gaming operations employed about 37,000 people in the state last year.

Tribes in Oklahoma and their employees paid more than $264 million in payroll taxes in 2014. About $30 million of the taxes went the state of Oklahoma, according to the study.

Oklahoma tribal gaming also draws many out-of-state visitors, the study found.

Gaming enterprises in the state drew 38 million visits in 2014, with about 38.3 percent of visitors, or about 15 million, coming from out of state.

The study is the first-ever statewide economic impact study of tribal gaming in the state. The study includes data from nearly 80 percent of Oklahoma casinos.

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