• Navajo Gaming willingly closed all its properties on March 17, 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation

• All four properties remain closed – 34 weeks as of November 10, 2020

• Navajo Gaming employs 1,180 people; 82% are enrolled members

• Navajo Nation Gaming Regulatory Office employs another 100

• Navajo Gaming employees are provided excellent pay, healthcare, education assistance and other benefits

• Health care coverage offered through Navajo Gaming covers 2,880 employees and family members

• The Navajo Gaming Enterprise has created hundreds of millions of dollars of economic value to the Navajo Nation

• Navajo Gaming financial performance prior to the pandemic was outstanding

• Substantial growth in revenues and profit over the past five years

• Self-funding for additional development in place and on track

• Development projects would create hundreds of additional jobs and millions of economic value

• Payments of $12 million annually to Navajo Nation for loan interest

• $5 million annually in transfers to chapters through Gaming Distribution Fund

• Taxes, lease payments and other expenses to Navajo Nation of millions annually

• All employees were placed on administrative leave with pay during the closure, depleting cash reserves

• Navajo Gaming successfully applied and received federal Payroll Protection Program funding

• All available funding sources and reserves were exhausted July 28, 2020, requiring Navajo Gaming to lay off 1,000 employees

• The Navajo Nation awarded Navajo Gaming $24.6 million in CARES Act monies

• The CARES Act monies enabled Navajo Gaming to resume paying employees on September 28, 2020 while the casinos remain closed

• The CARES Act funds will be fully depleted in November 2020

• Navajo Gaming has developed “best in class” safety and sanitization measures to reopen the casinos safely

• The Navajo Gaming safety program has been reviewed and modified based on input from Navajo Nation Dept. of Health

• Safety protocols exceed all published standards from Centers for Disease Control, National Indian Gaming Commission, state and workplace agencies

• 94% of U.S. casinos have already reopened

Show Your Support NNGE Family

Team members are encouraged to respond to the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) press release as attached. You may write letters, send emails, post on OPVP Facebook account and submit emails to Tom Platero in support of our reopening. Our “best in class” return to work and patron safety measures will be deployed upon reopening.

Attached are two templates for your use should you choose to send letter to the Navajo Nation President.

Thank you, stay safe and we will see you soon.

Where to send comments


Please indicate your full name, chapter affiliation and reference Legislation No. 0262-20. The Office of Legislative Services will not include anonymous comments in the legislation packet.

Written comments can also be mailed to:

Executive Director, Office of Legislative Services
P.O. Box 3390
Window Rock, Arizona 86515

Also comment on OPVP Facebook account:

Make sure you post on the press release asking for comments.