SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) announced today that four additional tribes have joined the association.
"We are excited to welcome the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians, the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe and the Middletown Rancheria into the CNIGA family. It is critical for tribes to have an organized forum where issues facing tribal governments can be discussed," said Daniel J. Tucker, Chairman of CNIGA.
"The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is very excited to rejoin CNIGA. We look forward to working with Tribal Leaders throughout the State of California to protect our inherent government gaming rights," said Michael Hunter, Chairman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians.
"The Middletown Rancheria is pleased to rejoin CNIGA and work with other sovereign nations who share our common goals," said Middletown Chairman Jose Simon, III.
Three of the new member tribes are located in Northern California; The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians operates the Coyote Valley Casino located in the heart of Mendocino County, the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel operated by the Middletown Rancheria is located in Middletown and the Dry Creek Rancheria who operates the River Rock Casino located in Geyserville.
The Chemehuevi Tribe, located in Havasu, operates the Havasu Landing Resort & Casino in Southern California.
"CNIGA welcomes each of these Tribal Governments back to the association and we look forward to their participation and contributions," said CNIGA Chairman Daniel J. Tucker. "Together, CNIGA and our member tribes will continue our work to preserve and protect tribal sovereign rights now and for generations to come."
Representing 35 federally recognized tribal governments; 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 serves 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