Sat, Aug. 17

Y-A Nation gives money to Clarkdale

In 2002 Arizona voters passed proposition 202 which allowed Indian gaming to continue. The proposition also assigned a percentage of the profits to the state.

Jaime Fullmer, the Yavapai-Apache Nation's chairman, explained to the Clarkdale Town Council Tuesday night that back then the tribe lobbied to keep control of a portion of that money to allocate locally.

"I'm very proud of that fact first and foremost," Fullmer said.

The chairman was at the Clarkdale meeting to give the town its yearly share of the Yavapai-Apache Nation's earnings. A check for $31,196.60 was presented to Mayor Doug Von Gausig.

Fulmer said the leaders from the Nation requested that 60 percent of the funds go toward Clarkdale town parks and public safety. They also requested that 20 percent go to the athletics department at the Clarkdale-Jerome School and the that the final 20 percent go to the Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce.

Fullmer told the council that gaming allows his tribe to be self-sufficient. He also mentioned that Yavapai-Apache leaders acknowledged and were very thankful for Clarkdale's supportive letter regarding the tribe's attempts to acquire trust land in the Verde Valley.

Fullmer said the relationship between the town and the tribe has been a good one.

"In my tenure as chairman I have seen our community grow stronger each year," he said.