SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California
Nations Indian Gaming Association announced today that the membership has
selected Leon Acebedo as the organization's new executive director.
"After an exhaustive search, we concluded that Mr. Acebedo was the best
candidate for the position. We look forward to putting Mr. Acebedo's
extensive experience and professionalism to work as CNIGA continues its
mission of protecting the right of tribal governments to conduct gaming on
federally-recognized Indian lands," said Anthony Miranda, chairman of the
California Nations Indian Gaming Association.
As executive director, Mr. Acebedo will be responsible for the overall
management and implementation of the policies and programs established by
the CNIGA membership and executive committee.
In addition to recently serving as chairman of the Jamul Indian
Village, Mr. Acebedo has a wide and varied resume. A Vietnam veteran, he
attended California Lutheran and Kansas State University where he earned a
bachelor's degree in psychology. He previously worked with the Salt River
Pima Maricopa Indian Community where he oversaw the tribe's behavioral and
mental health programs. He later worked with the State of Arizona's
Department of Health as a tribal liaison. Before assuming the chairmanship
of his own tribe, Mr. Acebedo served as tribal administrator with the
Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians.
"I am honored to have been selected for the position of executive
director. I am excited by the opportunity to be of service to the member
tribes of CNIGA. I am looking forward to assisting tribal leadership and
welcome the chance to work through the issues and challenges facing Indian
gaming," said Acebedo.
Representing 65 federally recognized member tribes, CNIGA is the
largest and most influential tribal organization in California. CNIGA is
dedicated to protecting the sovereign right of Indian tribes to have gaming
on their land. It acts as a planning and coordinating agency for
legislative, policy, legal and communications efforts on behalf of its
members and serves as an industry forum for information and resources.
SOURCE California Nations Indian Gaming Association