Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian Community, Arizona
Three top managers at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation either resigned or were let go during the past two months. The moves came amid discontent among some tribal members over declining casino revenues and the preponderance of non-Indians employed by the tribal government. Tribal General Manager Gerald Calnimptewa turned in a letter of resignation Oct. 11. Wayne Halford, the general manager of the tribe's gravel mining operation, was fired the same day. Casino General Manager Robert Kingsley was let go in early September because of a feared loss of gambling business to rival casinos owned by the neighboring Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, officials said. Revenues are down a reported $27 million in the past five years, and the per capita monthly checks sent to each registered tribal member also have shrunk. The recent decline in casino business prompted tribal leaders to promote comptroller Larry Davis to acting casino manager, tribal spokeswoman Lisa St. John said.