Incorporated in 1985, National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is an inter-tribal association of 184 federally recognized Indian Tribes united with the mission of protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty and the ability of Tribes to attain economic self-sufficiency through gaming and other forms of economic development. The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially, and politically. NIGA operates as an educational, legislative, and public policy resource for tribal policy makers as well as the public, on issues related to Indian gaming and tribal community development.
Located on Capitol Hill, NIGA is a leading voice for Indian Country, working diligently to ensure that the special status of tribes is recognized and protected when issues affecting tribal sovereignty arise. NIGA advocates on behalf of Indian tribes with Congress, the White House and federal agencies. In order to accomplish its mission, NIGA often works with Congress and the administration on all Indian Issues under the Commerce Clause.
NIGA completed an expansion of the original building in 2015. The Stanley R. Crooks Tribal Leaders Conference Center and a multi- story connection between the historic main house and Revolutionary era carriage house structures, transformed NIGA’s headquarters from primarily office space to a prime conference-meeting center for legislative activities on Capitol Hill. The Tribal Leaders Conference Center has seating capacity of 147 people and an open link to a landscaped terrace for outdoor events.
The mission of NIGA is to protect and preserve the general welfare of tribes striving for self-sufficiency through gaming enterprises in Indian Country. To fulfill its mission, NIGA works with the Federal government and Congress to develop sound policies and practices and to provide technical assistance and advocacy on gaming-related issues. In addition, NIGA seeks to maintain and protect Indian sovereign governmental authority in Indian Country.