Jonodev Chaudhuri featured in “Chaudhuri Addresses Pandemic’s Disruption to $34.1B Tribal Gaming Industry”Native Business Magazine 05/20/20
Below is an excerpt:
On the heels of the recent SBC Digital Summit, Jonodev O. Chaudhuri, former National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) Chairman, put the detriment of the coronavirus pandemic on Tribal economies into perspective for Native Business, while also speaking to how the federal government has failed Tribal Nations through omissions and delays in financial aid.
As Chaudhuri expressed, in a jarring turn of events, the coronavirus outbreak abruptly hit pause on a $34.1 billion industry in terms of gross gaming revenue. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), before the crisis, estimated the indirect and direct economic impact of Indian gaming to be well over $100 billion,” Chaudhuri said. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, estimates have hardly come close to capturing the gravity of loss to Indian Country.
“When you think about the secondary effect on employees, and businesses who work with Indian gaming, the impacts of COVID are truly staggering. So in terms of the breadth of the virus, the closures that we’ve seen because of this crisis have touched every corner of Indian gaming. Voluntarily, 100% of Tribal gaming operations closed without any mandate from state government. As we know, Tribes operate independent of direct state authority….”