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JUNEAU—The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska said yesterday it plans to launch bingo operations next week in Juneau, Alaska.

The new gaming business will operate under the Tribes’ gaming permit with the State of Alaska’s Department of Revenue, according to Janice Hotch, the business and economic development director for the Tlingit-Haida. 

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The Tribe plans to hire six employees to run the bingo operations, which will offer traditional paper and electronic bingo three days a week. Games will be held at the Tribe’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in downtown Juneau. 

The bingo operations are part of Tlingit & Haida’s effort to generate more unrestricted revenue under the Tribe’s economic sovereignty initiative, President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson said in a statement. Profits from the bingo operations will support programs like the Tribe’s Elderly Emergency Assistance and Alumni Scholarship Assistance programs.

“Tlingit & Haida has been interested in resuming bingo operations for quite some time now. Bingo is just one more way we are pursuing economic sovereignty and broadening the Tribe's reach to better serve our citizens beyond Southeast Alaska,” Peterson said in a statement.  

Diversifying the Tribe’s revenue streams and creating employment opportunities for its citizens were among the motivations that led to hiring of Hotch a year ago. She joined the Tribe’s economic development arm from MRV Architects, where she served as administrative manager. 

A member and former delegate of the Tribe, she holds a master’s certificate in government contracting from the George Washington University School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Washington, as well as a Level III Procurement certification through the State of Alaska.