Arizona Indian Gaming Association Commends President Barack Obama for Creating Native American Affairs Council

Jun 28, 2013, 15:27 ET from Arizona Indian Gaming Association

PHOENIX, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) commends President Barack Obama for signing an Executive Order on Wednesday, June 26 establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs. "This order establishes a national policy to ensure that the Federal Government engages in true and lasting government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner, including by better carrying out it's trust responsibilities," stated Obama.

The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, will serve as chair of the council which will also include all cabinet secretaries and heads of other federal agencies.  The council is charged with  coordinating Indian policy across federal government including executive departments, agencies and offices.

"The Arizona Indian Gaming Association appreciates and values the leadership, commitment and efforts of President Obama to improving the delivery of services and use of resources available to all tribal communities," said Valerie Spicer, Executive Director.

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has a membership of 17 tribes representing more than 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. AIGA was established November 21, 1994 by Arizona tribal leaders.  The Association is committed to advancing the lives of Indian peoples – economically, socially and politically – so that Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance.

Current membership includes:  Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave, Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai  Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe,  Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation,  White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Zuni Tribe.

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SOURCE Arizona Indian Gaming Association