International Casino Exhibition (ICE) and the British Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group Hosts the International Legislator's Day - London, United Kingdom, February 7, 2017

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., participated in the International Legislators' Panel at ICE Totally Gaming in London, United Kingdom

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., participated in the International Legislators' Panel at ICE Totally Gaming in London, United Kingdom

A unique event which included the gathering of law-makers, regulators and government officials involved in Gaming from around the world took place yesterday.  National Indian Gaming Association Chairman, Ernie Stevens, Jr. was invited to provide a policy update on Indian Gaming in the United States.  He was joined by the Executive Director of the United Kingdom's Gambling Commission, US Senator William Coley (OH), the Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Gaming Authority, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Regulatory Authority, Chief Executive Officer of Gambling Regulation in Spain, Chairman of the Law Commission of India and the Deputy Secretary of Finance from Brazil.

The Chairman's remarks included background and statistical information relative to Indian Gaming as most of the other countries present were unfamiliar with Indian Gaming in the United States.  Many of those present expressed that they did not realize that Indian Gaming has such a strong presence in the U.S.  The Chairman also spoke of the three tiers or regulation in Indian Country and spoke to the policy discussions centered on internet gaming in its many forms in the United States.  He went on to explain the importance of the use of Gaming revenues to preserve our culture, heritage, language and traditions.

Many jurisdictions around the world continue to debate and weigh the pros and cons of internet gaming, cloud based technology, scope of gaming to be legalized, regulation in general, licensing, anti-money laundering measurers, protection of vulnerable populations, moral questions and national and international operations of games.  The Indian Gaming model proved to be of interest to many other jurisdictions as well.

The day continued with opportunities for networking while touring the ICE Totally Gaming show floor, listening to two keynote speakers which talked of the importance of collaboration between Law-Makers and Regulators and efforts to protect consumers with gambling addictions and a tour of London's betting and casino facilities. 

The goal of the day was to share and learn from each other what the best practices are in developing gambling legislation from the many jurisdictions represented and to discuss the impacts of different approaches that have been taken.  While the National Indian Gaming Association shared its uniqueness in representing Tribal Sovereignty in the United States, we also learned that there a other models we can draw from to make our industry stronger.

Tomorrow a day-long Seminar on Tribal Gaming will offer a series of panels that will educate the global audience in attendance on the opportunities for doing gaming and economic development business with Indian Country in the United States.