San Diego, April 1, 2015 - The National Indian Gaming Association's (NIGA) Board of Directors elections were held during the Annual Membership Meeting. NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. was reelected for his 8th consecutive term as the Chairman of the association by acclamation.
Paulette Jordan was elected as Secretary.
Chairman Stevens has been with NIGA for 15 years. From 1993 to 1999 Chairman Stevens served as an elected councilman for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He is a former First Vice-President of theNational Congress of American Indians (NCAI). As a respected leader in Indian Country, Chairman Stevens also serves as a long-standing board member on the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Board, on the Nike N7 Foundation Board and is Vice Chairman of the Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) Foundation, he also serves on the Native American Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club of America. In 2012, Chairman Stevens was inducted into the prestigious Boys & Girls Club of American Alumni Hall of Fame.
Chairman Stevens has earned an Associate's degree from Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He and his wife Cheryl have been married over 30 years, have five children and 13 grandchildren.
Paulette Jordan is a member of the Idaho House of Representatives. Ms. Jordan is a native and life-long resident of Idaho, as well as an enrolled member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, who has been involved in local politics and community activism for years. She has served three years as the youngest elected member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council.
Ms. Jordan, who holds three degrees from the University of Washington, and a Certificate of Study in Conflict Resolutions and Strategic Negotiations from The Washington Center in Washington D.C., is a strong voice and advocate of issues that matter most to the local community.
David Bean, Tribal Councilmember for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians read a thank you on behalf of Ms. Jordan,