PHOENIX, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ned Norris, Jr. Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, has been elected Chairman of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) and Leonard Chee, Navajo Nation Council Delegate, has been elected treasurer of AIGA. Elections were held at the AIGA meeting on January 16, 2009. Bernadine Burnette, Vice-President of Fort McDowell-Yavapai Nation was re-elected as Vice Chair of AIGA. Diane Enos, President of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, continues as Secretary.
Norris was elected Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation in 2007 after serving as Vice Chairman of the Nation. He served as director of marketing at the tribe's Desert Diamond Casino and has been a judge for the tribal government.
The Tohono O'odham Nation, translated as "desert people," is a federally recognized Tribe located in southwestern Arizona. It is one of the largest tribes in the southwest with a land base of 2.8 million acres. It has the second largest Tribal land base in the U.S. Enrollment is nearly 28,000 members, living both on and off the reservation.
Leonard Chee is a Council Delegate from Leuppe, Birdsprings, Tonali Lake chapters, located near Flagstaff. He is Vice Chairperson of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Navajo Nation Council. The Navajo Nation has the largest land base of Arizona tribes. It is approximately the size of West Virginia and spans Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The reservation is almost 18 million acres with a population of more than 180,000 people. The Navajo Nation has recently opened its first casino which is located in New Mexico along Interstate 40.
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association was established on November 21, 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the lives of Indian peoples - economically, socially and politically - so Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance.
AIGA has a membership of 19 tribes representing 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. Membership includes: Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, the Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation and the Zuni Tribe.
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SOURCE Arizona Indian Gaming Association