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
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