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National Indian Gaming Association Puts CBS This Morning On Notice For Misrepresentations Of Indian Gaming

On November 2, 2016, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. delivered the attached letter to CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves denouncing renowned author, John Grisham's "research" of Indian Gaming for the backdrop of his recently released fictional novel, "The Whistler," where he uses Indian Gaming as a backdrop.  

This link will take you to the youtube video of the interview that is being referenced in the letter and will provide you with a backdrop for the content of the letter as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGQJ1V-yeI0

October 31, 2016

Mr. Leslie Moonves
Chairman and CEO
CBS Corporation Headquarters
51 W. 52nd St
New York, NY  10019-6188

Re: CBS Morning Interview with John Grisham

Mr. Moonves:

On behalf of the National Indian Gaming Association I write to inform you of our strong concerns with the CBS Morning Team's October 25th interview of author John Grisham, who was there to promote his recently released book, "The Whistler."  As Chairman and Chief Spokesperson for National Indian Gaming Association, I was astonished by the blatant falsehoods offered by Grisham and extremely disappointed that the CBS Morning Team played along with him, implicitly lending credence to the untruthful and/or misleading statements he fed to the American public.

At the top of the segment, for example Grisham declared that, "Ninety percent of all the money that comes in is in cash, and it's unregulated, nobody's watching, they don't pay taxes.  He adds, "There's no oversight. I'm not saying there's corruption, but it's a perfect storm for corruption. No one knows how much they make; they don't have to report to anybody."  Grisham is wrong: recklessly and inexcusably so.

While Grisham's book is a work of fiction, that the story is based on these allegations as facts, operates to smear the reputation of an entire industry, the thousands of men and women who dedicate their lives to regulating Indian gaming, and the hundreds of thousands of American families that rely on Indian gaming for jobs and benefits.  It would be socially and ethically wrong for CBS to let stand Grisham's false and/or misleading statements.

Grisham's misstatements and falsehoods have been debunked as a blatant lie for decades. The true story of Indian gaming reveals the falsehoods in Grisham's misrepresentations.  To correct the record, here are the well known facts about Indian tribes and tribal government gaming.

Throughout the 1800s and first half of the 1900s, federal policies of genocidal Indian wars, forced Removal (which led to dozens of "Trails of Tears"), Allotment and Assimilation (which stole Native homelands and took Native children from their homes, forcing them into federal boarding schools), Termination and Relocation (which stole additional Indian lands and shipped individual Indians to inner-cities with one-way bus tickets) resulted in untold destruction to Indian nations and tribes, the tribal government land base, economies, culture and way of life.  

In the late 1960's and early 70's, a new federal policy supporting Indian Self-Determination was announced by Presidents Johnson and Nixon and affirmed by Congress, so Indian Tribes are once again empowered to determine our own destiny by carrying out our own governing powers.  This policy was the beginning of some of these conditions starting to change.

During this same time, tribal governments embraced the policy of Self-Determination and took measures to rebuild their communities by opening the first modern Indian gaming operations. Tribes used the revenue generated from early Indian bingo operations to fund essential tribal government programs and services to meet the basic needs of their communities.

These acts of Indian self-determination were met with legal and legislative challenges, which led to a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of Indian tribes, as governments, to conduct gaming on their lands free from state interference.  This Court victory then led to the enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). The Act seeks to: strengthen tribal governments; establishes a federal framework to regulate Indian gaming that includes federal, tribal and state regulators.

Grisham falsely claims that Indian gaming is "unregulated" and is subject to "no oversight".  He ignores the basic fact that IGRA established the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the only federal agency to regulate gaming in the United States.  In addition, IGRA mandates significant state and tribal government regulation.  This comprehensive system of regulation is expensive and time consuming, but tribal leaders know what is at stake and know that strong regulation is the cost of a successful operation.  In addition, the Justice Department, the FBI, the Interior Department, Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Secret Service and the IRS have established the Federal Indian Gaming Working Group to safeguard Indian gaming.  As a result of our strong regulatory systems, the Department of Justice and the FBI have repeatedly affirmed that there is no systemic organized crime infiltration of Indian gaming.

Yes, gaming takes place in a highly cash intensive environment and that is why gaming is such a highly regulated activity.  To be clear, Grisham's claims that tribal government gaming is "unregulated" and is subject to "no oversight" are completely false.  The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988 created the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to provide regulatory oversight for tribal gaming operations, the only federal agency to regulate gaming in the United States.  In July 2016, the NIGC issued a press release, the first sentence of which reads as follows:  "Today the National Indian Gaming Commission released data showing [gross] revenues generated by the Indian gaming industry in 2015 totaled $29.9 billion dollars."  Grisham's assertions that no one knows, no one is looking and no one has to report is irrefutably wrong.

Moreover, IGRA mandates significant state and tribal government regulation, while in contrast commercial gaming operations, including Las Vegas and Atlantic City, are subject primarily to state regulation only.  Tribal and federal regulations account for every dollar that comes in and out of Indian gaming operations. Every Indian tribe complies with both tribal law and federal regulations that require operators to follow internal control standards or MICS, which enable tribal regulators to protect our resources, and to protect the integrity of our games. The MICS generally prescribe methods for removing money from games and counting it so as best to prevent theft; methods for the storage and use of playing cards so as best to prevent fraud and cheating; standards for maintaining security of electronic games access and requiring investigations under certain circumstances; and minimum resolutions and floor area coverage for casino surveillance cameras, among other areas.

As noted above, federal policies devastated Native economies.  Indian gaming has been the single best source of revenue for tribal governments and programs and services delivered to Native communities.  As a result, tribal leaders have made it a top priority to protect the integrity of our operations and the revenues generated that serve our people.

In 2015, tribal governments spent $426.4 million on tribal, state, and federal regulation, including: $320.2 million to fund independent tribal government gaming regulatory agencies; $85.6 million to reimburse states for state regulatory activities negotiated and agreed to pursuant to approved tribal-state class III gaming compacts; and $20.6 million to fully fund the operations and activities of the National Indian Gaming Commission.  This funding employs over 6,500 tribal, state, and federal regulators working together to maintain the integrity of Indian gaming.

Grisham also falsely claims Indian tribes "print money". Tribes work with the FBI and U.S. Attorneys offices to investigate and prosecute anyone who would cheat, embezzle, or defraud an Indian gaming facility - this applies to management, employees, and patrons. Tribal regulators also work with the Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service to ensure federal tax compliance and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to prevent money laundering.  Finally, tribes work with the Secret Service to prevent counterfeiting.  Congress' authorization of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing the exclusive authority to print U.S. currency in 1874 remains the law to this day.

Regarding taxation, Grisham is either ignorant of or ignored the fact that IGRA mandates tribal governments to use 100% of tribal government gaming revenues to promote the general welfare of reservation residents in the form of funding tribal government programs and services and other charitable purposes. In other words, tribal government gaming is governmental gaming as a matter of federal law.  This fact sets tribal government gaming apart from commercial gaming operations, such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos.  Most succinctly, commercial gaming profits shareholders:  tribal gaming revenues fund tribal governments and tribal governmental programs, services and activities.  For four short decades; tribal gaming revenues have helped improve basic health, education and public safety services on Indian lands.

Tribal governments also use gaming dollars to improve tribal infrastructure, including the construction of roads, hospitals, schools, police buildings, water projects, and many others. Tribal government gaming also provides jobs.  In 2014 alone, Indian gaming operations and regulation delivered 310,438 direct American jobs. When indirect jobs are added to the mix, Indian gaming generated over 684,000 jobs in 2014 alone.  These American jobs go to both Indians and non-Indians alike. Tribal government gaming resources are making our reservation homelands livable once again as promised in hundreds of treaties and at the same time are benefitting neighboring communities in much the same way.

While Indian tribes are recognized in the U.S. Constitution as sovereign nations, not subject to direct taxation by another sovereign, the Indian gaming industry does generate billions of dollars in indirect taxes.  Indian gaming generated $2.5 billion dollars in state sales, employer and other taxes and provided states more than $1.5 billion in the form of revenue sharing agreements in 2015. Indian gaming also contributed $6.4 billion dollars in federal employment taxes, social security and Medicare taxes in 2015.  This data and more, including gross gaming revenue totals, is readily available on-line to even the most novice researcher.

While we recognize that Grisham placed the CBS Morning Team in an extremely awkward situation, their acceptance of Grisham's reckless and untrue representations amounts to a complete failure of your organization's obligation to report information to the public in and ethical and socially responsible manner.  We strongly believe that CBS and its Morning Team have a responsibility to set the record straight, especially given how much CBS prides itself in its Corporate Responsibility.  CBS represents that "...it strives to use its power and reach for the public good."  We urge CBS to use its power and reach to do the right thing here.

Given CBS' national stature there is a real danger that the Grisham segment has created a threat to American Indian tribal communities across the U.S. by creating false impressions in the minds of CBS' viewers as to the integrity of an industry that provides desperately needed revenue for the delivery of governmental services that most Americans take for granted.  We urge CBS to issue a statement setting the record straight by providing accurate facts and having the statement read aloud by the CBS Morning Team.

In addition, I urge you to consider adding an employee or consultant to call on in instances like this, to help your organization avoid similar situations in the future.   Finally, we noted on your website that you provide CBS Cares, an on-air Public Service Announcement page covering a number of socially responsible causes.  We ask you to consider developing a PSA on tribal government gaming and its uniqueness as a governmental enterprise generating the revenues needed to address the economic, social, cultural and environmental problems facing Native American communities across this country.  My staff and I would be more than happy to assist you with such a production and it would go a long way in rebuilding good will with the Native American community.

I respect Mr. Grisham's work as an author of fiction and the CBS organization as a worldwide leader in disseminating vital public information. I simply ask that both Grisham and CBS respect the tireless work of the thousands of men and women that dedicate their careers to regulate and protect the integrity of Indian gaming operations throughout Indian Country. Revenues generated from Indian gaming represent the greatest source of funding for basic yet vital Native community programs and services. To protect this funding, the integrity of our operations, and the health and safety of our customers, tribal governments devote more than $400 million annually on state of the art regulation and surveillance to monitor and protect every inch of our facilities. These significant commitments of time and resources have earned respect, and deserve much more than the unfounded and thoughtless claims put forth by Mr. Grisham.

NIGA is a nonprofit trade association comprised of 184 American Indian Nations and other nonvoting Associate Members.  Though I represent the entirety of our membership, each Tribal nation is a government unto itself and they may choose to contact you in this regard as well.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of the requests noted above and the views put forth in this letter.  I look forward to your response to these concerns.

Sincerely,

Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.
Chairman
 
cc:  Markus Dohle, CEO, Penguin Random House
       John Grisham, Author, Penguin Random House
       Ryan Kadro, Executive Producer, CBS This Morning
       Chloe Arensberg, Senior Producer, CBS This Morning
       National Indian Gaming Association Board of Directors

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(Washington D.C.) -- Suicide, a problem drastically impacting tribal communities, is all too familiar to the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), which lost four...

11/23/2015

article 30 Years of NIGA: Tribal Gaming's Unique History and Purpose
(Florida) -- To close out the National Indian Gaming Association's (NIGA) 30-year anniversary, a history panel came together to share the unique beginnings of Indian...
press release Hundreds of Tribal Leaders and Executives Gathered at the National Indian Gaming Association's Mid-Year Conference & Expo
(Florida) -- This year's National Indian Gaming Association's Mid-Year Conference and Expo welcomed hundreds of tribal leaders, industry executives, exhibitors...

11/11/2015

press release National Indian Gaming Association Mid-Year Conference Panel on Economic Diversification - A Few Powerful Messages - Historically and Going Forward
(Florida) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) continues to provide a platform for tribes to share examples of moving their economies beyond gaming. At this...

11/7/2015

article NIGA honors Coeur d'Alene leader with sovereignty award
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association honored Ernie Stensgar, the vice chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho, at its mid-year conference...
article Two National American Indian Organizations Sign Memorandum of Understanding
(Florida) -- Two of the most prominent national American Indian organizations, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and the National...

11/6/2015

press release NCAIED, NIGA Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Further Advance Economic Development in Indian Country
(Arizona) -- The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) today signed a Memorandum of...

11/5/2015

article Stensgar receives John F. Kieffer Sovereignty Award
(Florida) -- Ernie Stensgar, vice chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, received an award this week for his work on behalf of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and more...
article Stensgar recognized for tribe work
(Florida) -- On Tuesday, Ernie Stensgar, Vice Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe was recognized by the National Indian Gaming Association when he received the...

9/30/2015

article National Indian Gaming Commission unveils redesign of website
(Las Vegas) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission has a new website. The agency that oversees the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry officially unveiled the...

8/3/2015

article BetConstruct Joins the National Indian Gaming Association as an Associate Member
(California) -- Online and land-based gaming technology provider, BetConstruct announces that it has joined the National Indian Gaming Association, NIGA (indiangaming....

7/29/2015

press release NIGA's Mid-Year Returns to East Coast at the Seminole
(Florida) -- National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) today announced the schedule for NIGA Mid-Year 2015, its annual fall conference continuing its 30th anniversary...

7/22/2015

press release National Indian Gaming Association Summer Legislative Summit Concludes in Washington, DC
(Washington D.C.) -- Day two of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Summer Legislative Summit got underway with Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) who delved...

7/21/2015

press release Barrasso Addresses the National Indian Gaming Association’s 2015 Summer Legislative Summit
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) delivered the opening address at the National Indian Gaming...

6/15/2015

press release NIGA Chairman to Lead Congressional Panel during upcoming Reservation Economic Summit
(Washington D.C.) -- Ernie Stevens, Jr., who serves as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, will lead a Congressional panel during the upcoming...

5/30/2015

article Indian American Lawyer Sworn in as Chairman of Gaming Commission
(Washington D.C.) -- Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri has been sworn in as the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, becoming the first Indian American to occupy...

4/28/2015

press release The National Indian Gaming Association Saddened by the Passing of Former Tribal Legislator and Judge Louis Dixon
(Washington D.C.) -- It is with great sadness that the National Indian Gaming Association shares the news of the passing of Louis Dixon, former Legislator and Tribal...

4/17/2015

article Wendell Chino's legacy lives on in annual award
(New Mexico) -- Wendell Chino, who led the Mescalero Apache Tribe for more than four decades and annually for the past 17 years, has been honored with an award in his...

4/10/2015

press release ORTIZ: National Indian Gaming Tradeshow 2015 Review
(Cyprus) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Tradeshow and Convention, opened the tradeshow floor April 1st- 2nd, 2015 in the San Diego Convention Center....

4/9/2015

press release Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Wowed Crowd in Aristocrat's Booth at Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention
(Las Vegas) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the biggest NBA legends of all time, wowed crowds at the recent Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention when he made a surprise...

4/8/2015

article iGAMING BLOG: Impressions from 2015 NIGA Conference Part II: Are Tribal Casinos Ready for iGaming?
(California) -- From March 31 to April 2, I had the chance to travel to San Diego for the 30th Annual National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Indian Gaming Tradeshow...
article Ortiz Gaming Satisfied with Results at NIGA
(Florida) -- “This year, I believe, was the highest attended Tradeshow in the history of the event. It was an honor to see so many of the attendees excited to...

4/6/2015

article Maverick Gaming Melds Slots With Skill Games Like Angry Birds
(California) -- Hundreds of vendors, from behemoths in the gaming industry to smaller startups, filled the San Diego Convention Center for the National Indian Gaming...

4/5/2015

press release Indian Gaming 2015 Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award
(California) -- The Wendell Chino Humanitarian Awards Banquet is the National Indian Gaming Association's (NIGA) most prestigious event honoring the legacy of...

4/3/2015

press release AIANTA and NIGA Announce MOU for Sustainable Tribal Tourism Development
(California) -- The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) announced its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Indian Gaming...

4/2/2015

press release Indian Gaming 2015 Future of Gaming Keynote Panel
(California) -- The forth and final day of Indian Gaming 2015 started with a new featured keynote panel address, The Future of Indian Gaming. The panel was moderated...

4/1/2015

article National Indian Gaming Tradeshow arrives in San Diego
(California) -- Nearly 7,000 people, including famed basketball alum Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, packed the convention center Wednesday for the National Indian Gaming Annual...

3/31/2015

article Aristocrat to Join VGT at the NIGA Indian Gaming 2015 to Unveil Cutting Edge Solutions,
(California) -- The NIGA Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention is a big ordeal for land-based gaming providers. Every year operators join to discuss and promote its...

3/30/2015

press release 30th Annual National Indian Gaming Association's 2015 Board of Director's Meeting
(California) -- Yesterday evening the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) held its Board of Directors Meeting in San Diego, CA before Indian Gaming 2015...

3/16/2015

article Jason Giles on Tribal Gaming’s Innovation
(Washington D.C.) -- Rebecca Liggero interview Jason Giles, executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association, as he talks about tribal casinos‘...
article Native American Comics Bring on the Laughs
(California) -- The gaming professionals at Raving Consulting Company have organized a unique inaugural fundraiser, the “Native Strong Comedy Slam”...

3/6/2015

article NIGA’s Indian Gaming 2015 Show Celebrates 30th Anniversary by Going Bigger and Better
(California) -- Now entering its 30th year, Indian Gaming, the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) annual trade show and convention is bigger than ever...
article STEVENS: NIGA Celebrates 30th Annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention
(Washington D.C.) -- 2015 marks a milestone year for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). The 30th Annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, slated for...

2/10/2015

press release Let's Celebrate Indian Gaming 2015 - 30 Year Anniversary
(California) -- Celebrating its 30th year, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Annual Tradeshow and Convention - March 30 - April 2, 2015 at the San Diego...

1/25/2015

press release NIGA Chairman to deliver keynote address at ICE
(UK) -- ICE attendees will have a unique opportunity to be guided through the history, sovereignty and commercial nature of the Native American gambling industry by...

12/23/2014

press release National Indian Gaming Association Recognizes the Passing of Rochanne Hackett
(Washington D.C.) -- It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Rochanne Hackett who has been a long-time friend and ally of Indian Country....

12/2/2014

press release NIGA: Call for 2015 Workshop Proposals
(Washington D.C.) -- Call for 2015 Workshop Proposals BE PART OF EXPANDED, ENHANCED CONFERENCE PROGRAM FOR MARCH 30 - APRIL 2, 2015 EDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:...

12/1/2014

article NIGA’s Stevens Inducted to Gaming Hall of Fame; Receives Leadership Award
(Washington D.C.) -- This autumn has been a season of high honors for the leader of the National Indian Gaming Association. NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. was inducted...
press release Expand Your Brand in Indian Country with NIGA Advertising Opportunities
(Washington D.C.) -- NIGA offers two excellent tools to help you reach thousands of important gaming industry members and other contacts you need to build a...

10/23/2014

article NIGA-Blue Stone Create First Guide to Tribal Economic Development
(North Dakota) -- In 1977, after two years of intensive investigative research, the American Indian Policy Review Commission published a massive and groundbreaking two-...

9/17/2014

article RICHARDSON: Ron Allen Talks iGaming At NIGA Midyear
(Oklahoma) -- Ron Allen, Chairman of the Washington Indian Gaming Association, took the stage at the 2014 NIGA Mid Year conference at the Winstar Casino Resort in...

8/27/2014

article SCHUETZ: My Trip to the NIGA Convention
(California) -- Since being appointed to the California Gambling Control Commission in late 2011, I have been honored to speak at over 30 different venues on the topic...

8/19/2014

article NIGA to hold mid-year conference at Chickasaw Nation casino
(Oklahoma) -- The National Indian Gaming Association will hold its mid-year conference in Oklahoma next month. This year's event takes place September 9-10 at...

7/23/2014

article Ernie Stevens, Jr joins American Gaming Association Hall of Fame
(Washington D.C.) -- Ernie Stevens Jr., the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, is joining the American Gaming Association's Hall of Fame. Stevens is...

7/1/2014

article Technology Reigns at NIGA’s Annual Trade Show
(California) -- Indian Gaming 2014, the annual trade show and conference of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), proved tremendously successful and one of the...

6/5/2014

article NIGA Mourns Loss of Puyallup Chairman
(Washington D.C.) -- National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest L. Stevens Jr., said, “On behalf of our member tribes, we wish to express our deepest...

5/22/2014

press release National Indian Gaming Commission to relocate Washington, DC Headquarters on June 16, 2014
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission will move its Washington, DC headquarters on June 16, 2014 to 90 K Street, N.E., Suite 200, Washington, D.C....

5/20/2014

article N.I.G.A. Condemns Wind River Termination Bill
(Wyoming) -- The National Indian Gaming Association is condemning efforts by the State of Wyoming and its congressional delegation to terminate the disputed 170,000...

5/15/2014

article NIGA recognizes Native-focused programs with award
(California) -- In a seated luncheon co-hosted by President and CEO of the Center for American Indian Economic Development (NCAIED) actor Gary "Litefoot" Davis...

5/14/2014

article Yocha Dehe Wintun Chairman Receives Wendell Chino Award
(California) -- Third-term Chairman Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation received the Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award Tuesday night at the National Indian...
press release Great Showing At Indian Gaming 2014 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
(California) -- Although the convention has been underway since Sunday with the Chairman's Welcome Reception hosted at the USS Midway, the 29th Annual, National...

5/12/2014

article NIGA Trade Show Kicks Off With Annual Golf Tournament
(California) -- Prior to the National Indian Gaming Association's 29th Annual Tradeshow and Convention, the association hosted three golf tournaments at the Sycuan...
press release Ortiz Gaming Kicks Off the Week at the National Indian Gaming Association 2014
(California) -- Ortiz Gaming is ready for the National Indian Gaming Association, Indian Gaming Tradeshow 2014, which starts tomorrow at the San Diego Convention Center...

5/11/2014

article Sitting Bull College Student to Cut Ribbon at NIGA Tradeshow in San Diego
(California) -- Sonja Willard, a fourth-year business administration major at Sitting Bull College at Ft. Yates, North Dakota, was chosen for the honor of cutting the...

5/9/2014

article Dungeons & Dragons Themed Slot Machines to Be Unveiled by Konami
(USA) -- Konami will unveil Dungeons & Dragons themed slot machines at this year's Southern Gaming Summit and National Indian Gaming Association Gaming Show.

5/5/2014

article Wendell Chino Award honors late Mescalero president
(New Mexico) -- Each year since 1999, the National Indian Gaming Association has presented its Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award, honoring the life of longtime President...

4/30/2014

article STEVENS: To Be or Not To Be
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has debated the issue of internet gaming in one form or another for more than 15 years. What began as attempts to prohibit internet...

4/22/2014

article NIGA's Stevens on Navajo President, ‘Slams,’ Respect and Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- In mid-April the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) withdrew its name – but not its donation – from a golf tournament to raise...

2/10/2014

article ERNIE STEVENS, JR: Indian Country Stays United Behind Internet Gaming Principles
(Washington D.C.) -- The debate over Internet gaming  is going to continue through the 133th Congress and NIGA will remain vigilant on the issue to ensure that...

1/26/2014

press release Legislative Alert! Big Lagoon Rancheria v. State of California - Carcieri Continues to Flex its Muscle Over Federal Indian Law
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, January 21, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California. In a 2...
press release REMINDER: The 2014 Tradeshow Call for Workshop Proposals
(Washington D.C.) -- Greetings! The NIGA Seminar Institute is pleased to announce that the Call for Workshop Proposals is now opened for Indian Gaming 2014...

12/17/2013

press release Spirit of Sovereignty Christmas Drive
(Washington D.C.) -- Dear Friends;  Greetings from Washington, D.C.! As you might already know, the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation is gearing up for the annual...

11/11/2013

press release A Message from the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association
(Washington D.C.) -- Since before the arrival of Europeans, Indian nations have always held their veterans in high esteem and welcomed them home as heroes. From the...

11/5/2013

press release NIGA Tribal Leadership Come Together at Mid Year Conference in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- NIGA Tribal Leadership Come Together at Mid Year Conference in New Mexico Albuquerque, NM (November 5, 2013) - Over 450 tribal leaders and Indian...

10/16/2013

article OP/ED: NIGA Talks About Columbus Day and the History of Indian Country
(USA) -- As the chairman and vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, we offer this Columbus Day message on behalf of the 184 tribes that form our...

10/14/2013

article NIGA Talks About Columbus Day and the History of Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- As the chairman and vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, we offer this Columbus Day message on behalf of the 184 tribes that...

10/1/2013

press release NIGA Recognizes Tribal Leaders at G2E Reception
(Las Vegas) -- Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho and Bingo Nation representative David Matheson, NIGA Board Member Paulette Jordan, NIGA Chairman Emeritus Rick...

9/25/2013

article Ernie Stevens Jr. on How Indian Leadership Made the Best of IGRA
(USA) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is a nonprofit Indian gaming advocacy organization established in 1985 in the midst of the red-hot controversy...

8/26/2013

article NIGA Not Shopping Model Internet Gaming Bill To Congress [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- Model federal legislation to legalize Internet gambling on American Indian lands unveiled last week at a tribal gathering in Minnesota will not be...

8/13/2013

press release Representative Nunes Introduces, H.R. 3043, the Tribal GWE Act
(Washington D.C.) -- In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sought to impose federal income taxes on benefits that individual Indians receive from a...

7/25/2013

press release NIGA Launches Powerful Casino Benchmarking Tool
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association recently launched the Indian Gaming Employee Compensation Survey, a powerful benchmarking tool that enables...
press release The 2013 NIGA Summer Legislative Summit Wrap Up
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) hosted a Summer Legislative Summit on July 23 - 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. More than 220 Tribal...

7/23/2013

article National Indian gaming revenues reach record high
(Oklahoma) -- National Indian gaming revenues climbed to a record $27.9 billion in 2012 — a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. The fastest revenue growth...

7/8/2013

press release NIGA: Proposed Reinterpretation Regarding Electronic One Touch Bingo System
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 25, 2013, the National Indian Gaming Commission ("NIGC") published a Notice in the Federal Register ("Notice")...

6/24/2013

article Jewell to address tribal conference in Reno
(Reno) -- New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will address the National Congress of American Indians at its mid-year conference this week in Reno.

6/6/2013

article NIGA: Proposed Rule Amending Land-Into-Trust Regulations
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 3, National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest L. Stevens, Jr. and Executive Director Jason C. Giles sent the following statement to...

5/23/2013

press release Tribal Leaders Meet To Discuss Indian Country Tax Strategy
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders gathered this morning at the Great Plains Indian Gaming Association's Conference and Tradeshow to discuss tax issues affecting...

4/12/2013

article Tex Hall Receives Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award
(Arizona) -- Each year the National Indian Gaming Association presents its highest honor – the Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award – to a leader who has...

3/28/2013

press release Tex Hall Receives Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award
(Arizona) -- Tex Hall, the longest serving Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation received the Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award at the National Indian...

3/27/2013

article Sequestration Grounds Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Kevin Washburn, the Interior Department’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, could not attend the National Indian Gaming Association...
article Thousands flock to Indian Gaming Convention in Phoenix
(Arizona) -- Thousands of people who work in the Indian Gaming Industry are in Phoenix for the 2013 Indian Gaming Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.
article Native American group protests Arizona casinos, freeway
(Arizona) -- The 2013 Indian Gaming Conference brought dozens of protesters to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday. The protesters said casinos cause Indian...

3/26/2013

press release IGT showcases commitment to Indian Gaming at Phoenix tradeshow
(Las Vegas) -- Industry-leading games, revolutionary systems and innovative performance come to Phoenix as IGT - International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) showcases the...
article NIGA Chairman's Leadership Award Goes to Former Wisconsin Governor
(Arizona) -- In a seated luncheon located in the Phoenix Convention Center, former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle received the 2013 Chairman's Leadership Award given...

3/25/2013

press release Chairman's Leadership Award Goes to Former Wisconsin Governor
(Arizona) -- In a seated luncheon located in the Phoenix Convention Center, former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle received the 2013 Chairman's Leadership Award given...
press release Chairman's Reception Marks Official Welcome for 28th Annual Tradeshow and Convention
(Arizona) -- Yesterday, the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino kicked off Indian Gaming 2013 and hosted the Chairman's, Vice-Chairman's golf tournament.  Fort...

3/17/2013

press release Victor Rocha to Serve as Keynote Speaker at the Emerging Leaders of Gaming Meeting at NIGA 2013
(Arizona) -- The Emerging Leaders of GamingTM is pleased to announce that Victor Rocha - creator, owner and editor of Pechanga.net - will serve as the keynote speaker at...

3/7/2013

press release NIGA Hosts Panel Discussion on Presidential Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- In cooperation with the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Indian Gaming Association hosted a dialogue on presidential policy...

3/4/2013

article NIGA: Nurturing a Culture of Community
(Washington D.C.) -- Asked to define the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) plan of approach for the year in just one word, Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr....

2/15/2013

press release NIGA Chairman Endorses State of Indian Nations Address
(Washington D.C.) -- Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians delivered the annual State of Indian Nations Address on Thursday, February 14...

2/13/2013

press release NIGA Chairman Reflects on the 2013 State of the Union Address
(Washington D.C.) -- On February 12, 2013, the President of the United States delivered his State of the Union Address in the House chambers with Congress, his cabinet...

1/31/2013

article NIGA Seeks Nominations for Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association is calling for nominations for its Annual Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award.

1/22/2013

press release NIGA Honors Indian Gaming Visionaries Gay Kingman-Wapato, Daniel Tucker and Rick Hill
(Washington D.C.) -- During the National Indian Gaming Association's Native Nations Policy Summit, Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. presented handmade silver NIGA...

1/4/2013

article IMPROVISE, ADAPT, OVERCOME: Jason Giles
(Washington D.C.) -- Sometimes, getting tribes to agree on an issue or work together is very difficult. But it is the mission of the National Indian Gaming Association,...

12/20/2012

article NIGA Reiterates Commitment to Ensure Any Internet Gaming Legislation Preserves Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) released the following statement in response to reports about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's...

12/19/2012

article A Message on the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye
(Washington D.C.) -- We mourn the loss of our friend, leader and elder statesman, Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Dan Inouye was one of the giants of our time, serving in the...

12/18/2012

press release National Indian Gaming Association's Statement on Internet Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- "We understand that Senator Reid's Chief of Staff has stated that the window is closed on attempts to legalize Internet gaming in the 112th...

12/17/2012

article NIGA Reiterates Commitment to Ensure Any Internet Gaming Legislation Preserves Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) released the following statement in response to reports about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's...

12/15/2012

article Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation donates to Boys and Girls Club of the Diné Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- The Spirit of Sovereignty, a entity of the National Indian Gaming Association, donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Dine’...

11/23/2012

article NIGA’s Stevens: Take This Day to Build a Stronger Family Bond
(Washington D.C.) -- The following is a message from Ernie L. Stevens Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association:

11/10/2012

article NIGA Video: INFR 2012 Indian Gaming Meeting
(Las Vegas) -- The National Indian Gaming Association invited Tribal Leaders to South Point Casino in Las Vegas to discuss the results of the November 6 Election. Top...

11/1/2012

article Planning for the March 2013 Annual Tradeshow and Convention is Underway
(Arizona) -- Planning is well underway for Indian Gaming 2013, NIGA’s Annual Tradeshow and Convention. NIGA is well on its way to make it one of the most...

10/9/2012

article Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year: Bernadine Burnette
(Arizona) -- If Bernadine Burnette could describe herself with one phrase, it would be, “I shoot straight from the hip!” As the vice president of Fort...
press release National Indian Gaming Association Observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(Washington D.C.) -- This month the National Indian Gaming Association is observing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We would like to encourage our Native...

10/8/2012

article Chairman Stevens Sits Down with Evander Holyfield to Discuss Youth Initiatives
(Las Vegas) -- At the Global Gaming Expo, National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. had the opportunity to sit down with World Heavyweight Champion,...

10/1/2012

article NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. Weighs In on Carcieri and Internet Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr., a citizen of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, says there was “a real sense...

9/29/2012

press release NIGA closes out Mid-Year Conference with successful Tribal Leaders Meeting
(Florida) -- National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. opened the last day of the successful Mid Year Conference with the NIGA member tribes and...

9/17/2012

article Senate Indian Affairs Committee listening session at NIGA
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a listening session tomorrow to discuss the draft Tribal Online Gaming Act.
press release NIGA Honors Seminole Leaders
(Florida) -- The National Indian Gaming Association, a Washington, DC based Indian gaming advocacy group, will honor Seminole Tribe of Florida President Tony Sanchez Jr...

9/10/2012

press release NIGA Takes Indian Country’s Voice to the Political Conventions
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington, DC (September 7, 2012) - The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) hit the road in August to take our issues to the policy makers...

8/27/2012

article Ernie Stevens, Jr: NIGA Chairman Remembers Immeasurable Impact of Stanley Crooks
(Washington D.C.) -- This past Saturday, I was notified that Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Chairman Stanley R. Crooks began his journey to the spirit...

8/22/2012

press release Tribal Leaders Continue Internet Gaming Dialogue at Mystic Lake Casino
(Minnesota) -- The National Indian Gaming Association hosted a one-day Internet gaming subcommittee meeting for tribal leaders and gaming industry professionals at the...

7/30/2012

article NIGA Legislative Summit Wrap Up
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) hosted their 2012 Summer Legislative Summit on July 24 – 25, 2012 in Washington, D.C. More than...

7/26/2012

press release NIGA Reacts To the Draft Internet Gaming Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) held a hearing on Internet Gaming: “From Brick and Mortar to the Internet.” Some of...

7/25/2012

press release SCIA Releases Draft Internet Gaming Bill At NIGA Legislative Summit
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) released a discussion draft bill on Internet gaming titled, the “Tribal Online Gaming Act...

7/24/2012

article NIGA: Staying In Line and On-Line for Internet Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the National Indian Gaming Association will host its summer Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. More than 260 tribal leaders are...

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