Thirteenth Annual WIGC to Focus on Cutting Edge Issues Surrounding Tribal Government Gaming in California

Jan 31, 2008, 00:00 ET from California Nations Indian Gaming Association

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gaming
 regulation, political forecasts, economic diversification and the Indian
 Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) will be among the issues discussed at the 13th
 annual Western Indian Gaming Conference (WIGC), February 12-14, at the Palm
 Springs Convention Center.
     The event is produced by the California Nations Indian Gaming
 Association, a non-profit association of federally recognized tribal
 governments dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty and the right
 of tribes to have gaming on Indian lands. The Agua Caliente Band of
 Cahuilla Indians is the title sponsor of the conference.
     Exhibits featuring the latest gaming industry technology will be on
 display for tribal leaders and gaming professionals. More than 100
 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year's event.
     Seminars will focus on many cutting edge issues surrounding tribal
 government gaming. CNIGA Chairman Anthony Miranda will deliver the 5th
 annual "State of the Tribal Nations" address Wednesday morning, February
     Immediately following the address, CNIGA past and present Chairpersons
 will, for the first time in the history of the association, convene on one
 stage to discuss their experience with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
 which was approved by the United States Congress twenty years ago.
     Additional seminars will include topics relating to the Internal
 Revenue Service Secrecy Act, employee background checks, financial audits,
 employee insurance benefits, problem and pathological gambling, a panel
 discussion given by the National Indian Gaming Commission, Interior's new
 commutable distance test for off reservation gaming and the Washington DC
 and Sacramento political forecasts for 2008.
     Panelists for the political report will include local Senator Jim
 Battin (La Quinta) and Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia (Cathedral City) and
 Chair of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, Senator Dean
 Florez (Shafter) as well as Ernie Stevens, Chairman of the National Indian
 Gaming Association.
     The Palm Springs Convention Center is located at 277 North Avenida
 Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA. Members of the press should check in at the
 registration counters to obtain press credentials. Individuals wishing to
 attend the conference may register on-site on Wednesday, February 13 &
 Thursday, February 14.

SOURCE California Nations Indian Gaming Association