San Diego, CA - The National Indian Gaming Association Executive Board of Directors gathered Sunday, April 09th, the eve of the kick off of 32nd Annual Indian Gaming 2017 Tradeshow and Convention, which is scheduled to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, April 10 - 13, 2017.
The bi-annual NIGA Executive Board of Directors meeting hosted a full agenda of topics related and resolutions in preparation for the NIGA Member tribe's meetings to be held in conjunction with the tradeshow and convention and was held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.
NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr, welcomed the Executive Board, "It is great to be here with you as we unveil this year's Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention. Together, we have accomplished a lot, and our work is on-going and constant, but our success is a testament to our continued united efforts to push forward and advance our agenda. The National Indian Gaming Association is well poised for another phenomenal year as our great nations and exceptional leadership carry forward our legislative and policy agendas."
The agenda included a vast number of issues and topics including year-end reports by NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., the Deputy Executive Director of NIGA Danielle Her Many Horses and the Treasurer of NIGA Andy Ebona.
The Chairman's report covered organizational updates including a 2016 year-end report, an overview of the 2017 Tradeshow Schedule of Events, a report from the NIGA Class II gaming sub-committee and updates on the membership of NIGA.
Deputy Director, Danielle Her Many Horses provided on behalf of Executive Director Jason Giles and reported on updates to the tradeshow and the tradeshow financial, a legislative update and a report on the new Stanley L. Crooks Tribal Leaders Conference Center.
NIGA Treasurer Andy Ebona provided the organizational operation budget. As part of the Treasure's report board members heard from Joseph Eve & Associates, who presented the 2016 Audit report.
Under new business, the NIGA Executive Board passed the following resolutions to be forwarded to the NIGA Member tribe meeting for further discussions:
- Requesting Congress and the Administration to Ensure that Indian Tribes are Included in Any Infrastructure Improvement Policy
- The opposition of Aquila Resources Back Forty Mine Project, the mining project known as the "Back Forty Mine Project." The project proposes adverse impacts and would be felt by Wisconsin residents, Tribal Nations, and other Great Lakes users.
- Supporting Treatment of the Indian Tribes and Governments for Purposes of the National Labor Relations Act and Supporting H.R. 986 and S. 63 the "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017."
- A resolution to Promote Economic Growth, Development and Fair Tax Policies in Furtherance of Indian Self-Determination, to Support the Tribal Leaders Alliance on Economic Growth and Fair Taxation and the Formation of a Task Force with NIGA, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI,) the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED,) the Native American Contractors Association (NACA,) the Council of Large Tribes (COLT) and the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA.)
The NIGA Annual Membership meeting will convened today, April 11, 2017, at the San Diego Convention Center.