The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is a voluntary association composed of Member Tribes and Associate Members representing federally recognized Tribal governments, gaming Tribes, Nations, Rancherias, Pueblos, Bands and Businesses engaged in gaming enterprises in Indian Country. The primary objectives and purposes of NIGA are:

1. To promote, protect and preserve the general welfare and interest of Indian Gaming Tribes through the development of sound policies and practices with respect to the conduct of gaming activities in Indian Country;
2. To assist in the dissemination of information to the Indian gaming community, federal government and the general public on issues related to the conduct of gaming in Indian Country;
3. To preserve and protect the integrity of gaming in Indian Country, and;
4. To maintain, protect and advocate Indian Tribal sovereignty.

    The Association has two classes of membership designated as follows:

    Tribal Membership


    This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Since then, gaming has allowed Tribes the opportunity to rebuild, diversify, and enhance programs and services for our people. Thanks to the efforts of your tribe, we have created a vibrant industry we can all be proud of.

    The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has worked with Tribes to advance Indian gaming and Tribal sovereignty policy in Washington, D.C. and across the country. But we couldn’t have done it without your leadership, guidance and generous support.

    We have many exciting initiatives underway including the Annual Tradeshow and Convention in Las Vegas, NV on April 17-20, 2018. NIGA Membership will allow opportunities to network with gaming officials, industry professionals, and other Tribal Leaders, attend seminars and learn new games and trends in the industry. We will also be unveiling a new website and NIGA app that will allow immediate notifications and alerts to increase our communication with membership.      

    We are excited for this year and we hope that you will please join us as we work together to advance Indian gaming for the next 30 years!


    MEMBER TRIBES: A Tribe desiring to become a member shall submit in writing to NIGA, a Tribal resolution or other authority of the Tribe’s governing body committing itself to the purposes and policies of NIGA’s Articles and By-Laws.


    • Your Tribe will boost the efforts of the association on its member's behalf.
    • Your support will ensure that you receive timely bulletins and industry updates addressing the latest developments in Indian Country that affect your tribal enterprises and tribal sovereignty.
    • You will get significant discounts and preferences at the NIGA Trade Show, the largest Indian gaming trade show in the country, and all NIGA Seminars.
    • Our website carries a list and links to our members and their gaming enterprises.

    To Become a Member:


    1. Complete the Tribal Membership Application
    2. Attach a current year Tribal Resolution for membership
    3. Submit all of the above-referenced documents along with payment to:
      National Indian Gaming Association
      224 2nd Street SE
      Washington, DC 20003


    For more information, please call 202.546.7711 or send email to

    Associate membership

    ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Any business or person desiring an Associate Membership with NIGA shall be recommended and sponsored by at least one Member Tribe involved in gaming and complete NIGA’s application for Associate Membership.


    • Boost your business with a NIGA membership!
    • Get timely bulletins on the latest political and legislative developments in Indian Country.
    • A listing in NIGA's annual Resource Directory; this is mailed to contacts from our member tribes and given out at our events throughout the year.
    • Booth fee discount at the upcoming Indian Gaming tradeshow. For a 10x10 booth, the Associate Member fee is $3,050, compared to $3,850 for non-members. That's a $700 savings, and for a larger booth the savings are even greater!
    • Receive priority booth selection for tradeshow.
    • Members who exhibit at tradeshow have special signage which indicates to tradeshow attendees that they are an Associate Member.
    • Members in good standing have a listing on our web site. Tribal leaders are encouraged to look there when soliciting bids and vendor proposals.
    • Members are provided an Associate Member logo to post on their web site and include in marketing materials and bid proposals to signal their NIGA Associate Membership and support of Indian Country.
    • Workshop and panel proposals from Associate Members receive priority consideration.

    To Become A Member:


    1. Complete the Associate Membership Application
    2. Attach a letter of recommendation and sponsorship by at least one NIGA Member Tribe
    3. Submit all of the above-referenced documents along with payment to:
      National Indian Gaming Association
      224 2nd Street SE
      Washington, DC 20003

    According to the By-laws of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), any person or business desiring an Associate Membership shall be recommended and sponsored by no less than one Member Tribe involved in gaming. A letter of sponsorship/recommendation should accompany the application for associate membership within one year of applying and attest to the fact that the organization supports gaming by Indian tribes as a means of promoting tribal economic development, self-sufciency, and strong tribal governments; is not a person or entity whose prior activities, criminal record, if any, or reputation, habits or associations pose a threat to the public interest or to the effective regulation of gaming, or create or enhance the dangers of unsuitable, unfair, or illegal practices and methods in activities in the conduct of gaming or the carrying on of the business or financial arrangements incidental thereto; and, commit themselves or itself to the NIGA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.(Please Note: Application may be submitted while letter of recommendation and sponsorship is in process.)


    For more information, please call 202.546.7711 or
    send email to