CNIGA Chairman Anthony Miranda Gives State of Tribal Nations Address at Western Indian Gaming Conference

    TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A crowd of over six hundred
 comprised of tribal leaders and other assorted guests gathered at the
 Pechanga Resort & Casino for the 12th Annual Western Indian Gaming
 Conference to watch California Nations Indian Gaming Association Chairman
 Anthony Miranda give the annual State of the Tribal Nations Address.
     "You can be proud that our industry -- which you built -- employs more
 than 56,000 Californians. You can be proud that Indian gaming is bringing
 hope and opportunity to tens of thousands across the state," said Chairman
 Miranda during the Address.
     Chairman Miranda listed the tribal accomplishments over the past year
 while also cautioning that tribes still have a difficult time ahead before
 all of California's tribal nations can realize the promise of
 self-reliance.
     Among the tribal accomplishments of the past year that Chairman Miranda
 outlined in the address was the opening of dialogue with California
 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, which resulted in a commitment to create a
 tribal liaison in the governor's office. Other accomplishments include
 tribes joining forces with the state's business and labor communities to
 approve infrastructure bonds. On the federal level, Miranda noted the joint
 effort with the National Indian Gaming Association to block attempts to
 amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
     Miranda issued five initiatives for the coming year:
 
     1. Alluding to the efforts of President Franklin Roosevelt to ease
        economic disparities, Miranda issued a challenge to extend economic
        benefits to all California Indians.
 
     2. Miranda also asked for the "members of CNIGA to create an Economic
        Development Task Force in the coming weeks composed of representatives
        from academia, business and government to come up with recommendations
        to improve the economic conditions of tribes in California."
 
     3. Ensure that the promise of revenue sharing with non-gaming tribes
        continues to be fulfilled and is backfilled in case of a shortfall.
 
     4. Address the issue of problem gaming in a comprehensive manner, with all
        segments, and not just Indian gaming, at the table. Currently, Indian
        gaming is the only sector that subsidizes problem gambling programs and
        Miranda would like other gaming sectors to become involved to create a
        more comprehensive program.
 
     5. Create broad-based and lasting coalitions and find common ground with
        other organizations and groups. Miranda also issued a plea for tribal
        unity and cited past successes to illustrate how much more effective
        the results have been when tribes worked together than when they go it
        alone.
 
     "Worthy goals require patience, commitment and courage."
     Miranda concluded his speech with an acknowledgement that not all
 tribal ills will be erased in the coming year, however, he pointed to the
 progress that has already been made and asked whether California tribes
 will seize the tremendous growth potential in California, in the coming
 decades.
     "Our home state of California expects to grow 30 percent over the next
 20 years. Will our tribes be positioned to seize the opportunities that
 such tremendous growth provides?"
     The entire text of the speech is available on the web at:
 http://cniga.com .
 
 

SOURCE California Nations Indian Gaming Association

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