There are eight federally recognized tribes in the State of Virginia, however, there are currently no Indian casinos, bingo halls or Indian gaming of any kind in the state.
In early 2018 the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced a $700 million plan to build the first casino in Virginia. The announcement begins a long legal road through federal and state regulations and civil lawsuits to determine if their casino can be built.
A politician from Virginia is pushing for a casino proposal.
August 26, 2012
A bill has been submitted by Sen. Louise Lucas. It will be available for the next session of the General Assembly. The decision behind the new gaming bill was related to a visit to Maryland. The senator was impressed by the success of their two month old casino. Maryland earns 67 percent of the gaming revenue.
Portsmouth is the proposed area for the new casino. She believes that area would help retain casino goers from going to another state to gamble.
Currently the state is having a difficult time finding ways to raise funds for the various programs. Residents of the state are against highway tolls and raising taxes. Lucas believes that casino gaming may be a solution to help pay for education and infrastructure.
Pamunkey Indian Tribe
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe was recognized by the federal government in 2016. Federal recognition qualifies the tribe to engage in Indian Gaming under the jurisdiction of the National Indian Gaming Commission and the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
The Indian Gaming Regulation (IGRA) defines three classes of gambling with conditions that determine which tribal gaming will be approved for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe or any other tribal applicant wanting a gambling facility.
The Pamunkey Tribe casino proposal will take years to reach a final decision on approval and agreement on the type of allowed gaming. The process will include the U.S. Interior Department, the State of Virginia and the court system before a final outcome could result in either a Class II or Class III casino.
If approved the Pamunkey Indian Tribe will be build a casino and hotel in the eastern part of Virginia. It will not be located on the tribe's King William County reservation.
For an update, see our page the Pamunkey Casino and Hotel. The lastest information will be posted as it becomes available.
Virginia is currently one of seven states that outlaws casino gambling. However, several business and community leaders are hoping this will change soon. One group in Bristol, Virginia has proposed a $150 casino and hotel to be built at the site of a closed shoopping mall. For information, visit Bristol Resort and Casino.
October 05, 2018
On Wednesday a celebration was held by members of seven Virginia Indian tribes over the federal government granting formal recognition.
Representatives and officials from the Nation Park Service, Virginia governor's office, senate offices, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman were in attendance.
The federal recognition allows the tribes to apply for federal services and funding.
For decades these tribes have attempted to obtain their federal recognition. They include the Chickahominy, Chickahominy Eastern Division, Rappahannock, Pamunkey, Nansemond, Upper Mattaponi, and the Monacan tribes.
The first tribe to receive federal recognition happened in 2015 was the Pamunkey. The tribe has plans to develop a $700 million casino on land approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Back
April 21, 2018
A possible resort casino could be developed in New Kent County. The Pamunkey Indian Tribe purchased over 600 acres of land. The property is being considered for the casino project.
However, this is not the only potential location. Other areas in central and eastern Virginia are being considered.
Plans were previously announced for the tribe's desire to develop a casino resort. Acquiring land is one of the main tasks that the tribe has undertaken in order to make progress on their casino plans.
Located off of Interstate 64 and the Bottoms Bridge-Quinton exit, the property makes up four parcels. An LLC bought the land for $3.05 million according to tax records from the county. The mailing address matches the same as a video game operator with a state approved license, named B&B Amusement of Illinois. The company operates over 60 venues.
The tribe wants to build a gaming facility with a hotel, entertainment venue, and spa. The estimated cost to complete the project will be $700 million.
Full time positions would be available for 4,000 people. Payroll would equal around $200 million. The state could earn an estimated $1 billion from gaming revenue taxes.
Both the state and the local community where the project would be built would benefit in the revenue sharing.
The tribe would also like to be able to provide rural Virginia with broadband. They also would like to fund housing for seniors.
Middle Peninsula Planning District Council may also be involved. Joining with the council may allow for the project to qualify for federal grants. That could be used to help create jobs and improve infrastructure.Back
March 16, 2018
Plans for a proposed Pamunkey Indian Tribe owned casino have been announced. If approved it will be built in the eastern section of Virginia and 4,000 full time jobs would be created. It would cost an estimated $700 million.
There would be casino games. There will also be a hotel, spa, and entertainment.
Construction would create between 3,000 and 5,000 jobs.
Annual payroll would equal $200 million. Companies that supply support services and other indirect companies could have a $1 billion impact for the state.
The casino will not be located on the tribe's King William County reservation.
They are interested in a partnership with a community to build their project. The site for the proposed casino to be developed is still being determined. Property being considered must be able to accommodate a large number of visitors. As well as access to utilities like water and sewer. Until these things are settled, a timeline for construction can not be announced.
The community that is selected for the proposed casino would enter into an agreement that would allow for sharing the casino revenues. The state would also receive a portion.
An investment group is currently in negotiations with the tribe to help develop the project. Details on the investment company have not been released.
Financing for the project also needs to be secured.
The National Indian Gaming Commission would oversee the casino's gaming operations. One of the purposed for the commission is to ensure that the games are ran fairly. It also monitors the agreements made between the tribe and the casino management company.
Dependent on current state laws, the casino could be allowed to operate slot machines and table games. However, the choice of games must be approved by the commission and the negotiated on for the gaming compact.Back