The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) says Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed legislation Tuesday allowing alcohol to be taken onto the casino floor of its Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, located along I-40, exit 219, just east of Flagstaff, Ariz.
The legislation was approved by the Navajo Nation Council Friday and forwarded to Shelly. It is specific to Arizona-based Navajo Nation casinos and is not applicable to its three existing New Mexico-based properties.
This liquor statute amendment will allow Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort to remain competitive with other tribal casinos in the state that currently allow patrons to take and consume alcohol onto their casino floors.
“The primary objective of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise continues to be jobs creation for the Navajo people as we become northern Arizona’s premiere destination casino resort,” says Derrick Watchman, CEO of the NNGE.
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort will continue to follow Navajo Nation and Arizona liquor handling and service laws in accordance to its liquor licensing.
The NNGE is a Navajo Nation wholly owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006. NNGE is authorized by the Navajo Nation to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).