Northern Arapaho Tribe to Flex Sovereignty With Sports Betting in Wyoming

Patrons will likely be able to cast bets at the Tribe’s flagship resort, Wind River Hotel and Casino, before the 2021 Super Bowl.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe plans to offset revenue loss at its three land-based casinos with income from a forthcoming sports betting operation on the Wind River Reservation. While the state of Wyoming has yet to legalize sports betting, the Northern Arapaho Tribe answers to regulators within the Department of the Interior, and does not have a compact with the state. 

“The state has no regulatory authority over us when it comes to gaming,” said Northern Arapaho Business Councilman Stephen Fasthorse.

The Tribe is committed to nurturing a positive relationship with the state of Wyoming, and hopes it will serve as a model should Wyoming choose to legalize sports betting statewide in the future. “We would like to look at partnerships that could be beneficial to both the Tribe and the state,” Fasthorse said. “We would rather be partners than adversaries.”

While Wyoming is home to no professional sports teams and has a limited profile in the NCAA, Tribal leaders still anticipate sports betting increasing profitability. As the Northern Arapaho Business Council said: “With the addition of well-regulated sports betting, our Northern Arapaho Tribe has an important opportunity to enhance the gaming experience at our facilities while generating increased revenue to help fund vital programs and services for the Arapaho people.”

Patrons will likely be able to cast bets at the Tribe’s flagship resort, Wind River Hotel and Casino, before the 2021 Super Bowl.

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