California Nations Indian Gaming Association Names Jacob Coin as First Executive Director

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California Nations Indian Gaming Association Names Jacob Coin as First Executive Director

June 19, 2000

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association, a non-profit, Native American organization of seventy tribes dedicated to the protection of Indian sovereignty and tribal gaming, announced today that the membership has selected the organization’s first Executive Director. Jacob Coin, who has served as the Executive Director of the National Indian Gaming Association since July of 1998, was elected to a two-year term that will start on the first of August.

“After an extensive search, we concluded that Mr. Coin was the best candidate for the position. We look forward to Mr. Coin’s proven professionalism and leadership as CNIGA continues its efforts to preserve the unity and sovereignty of California’s Indian tribes and advances its role as a source of tribal gaming information and technical support. Jacob will be a tremendous asset for CNIGA as we move forward in this post-Proposition 1A era,” said Daniel Tucker, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. “We place great importance on the trust that the people of California have bestowed on us, and we know that Mr. Coin shares our commitment to sustaining this trust,” Tucker said.

As Executive Director of CNIGA, Mr. Coin will be responsible for establishing the direction and effective operation of the association through the refinement of CNIGA’s mission, goals and related policies. Specific responsibilities will include establishing and administering a new organizational structure and personnel program within CNIGA, the implementation of an educational program for CNIGA members pertaining to tribal gaming in California and the maintenance of an effective internal and external communications program. Mr. Coin will also monitor state and federal policies and legislative activities that affect the gaming and non-gaming tribes of California.

“Leading this association is an exciting and momentous opportunity. I look forward to working with and on behalf of all of California’s Indian tribes to protect and preserve the self-reliance that they have achieved through gaming and to further CNIGA’s commitment to action and education,” said Mr. Coin.

Mr. Coin is a member of the Hopi Nation of Arizona. His prior experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the National Indian Gaming Association and the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, and he has gained extensive governmental relations and economic development experience through his positions with national Indian organizations and on Capitol Hill.

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