Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission to Speak at the Western Indian Gaming Conference

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Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission to Speak at the Western Indian Gaming Conference

January 13, 2003

The new chairman of the federal agency that regulates American Indian gaming will be a featured participant in the Western Indian Gaming Conference to be held Jan. 22-23 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. Philip Hogan, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, will participate in a panel discussion on the regulation of tribal government gaming. “We are extremely pleased to have a man of Mr. Hogan’s stature participating in our conference,” said Brenda Soulliere, chairwoman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, sponsor of the annual conference and trade show. “His views on the regulation of tribal government casinos here in California and throughout the country are certainly crucial to the future growth of gaming on Indian lands.” Hogan, a nominee of President Bush, is serving his first term as NIGC chairman and his second term on the commission. Hogan first served on the commission as an associate member and vice chairman from 1995 to 1999. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Hogan succeeds Montie Deer, whose term as chairman ended in September. Hogan told the Senate he would be “wise, fair and firm” in regulating tribal government gaming, imposing sanctions as a “last resort.” “It is certainly not my objective to see how many traffic tickets -- so to speak -- or closure notices I can hand out,” Hogan said. “I want to try to enlist the cooperation of all of the gaming tribes to play by the rules as we see them. And to listen to them if we have a different view of what the rules are or should be.” Hogan previously served as associate solicitor for Indian affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, a position which gave him oversight of legal matters pertaining to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Interior Department's fulfillment of its government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes and trust responsibilities to Indians and Indian tribes. Hogan also served as the Interior Department's first director for the Office of American Indian Trust from 1992 to 1993. Prior to his appointment with the Interior Department, Hogan practiced law in Rapid City, S.D., with a focus on Indian law, gaming law and public affairs. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota from 1981 to1991 and received the Attorney General's Award for Dedication and Leadership in Prosecution of Crimes within Indian Country. He and his wife Marty have two grown children and reside in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Pechanga Resort & Casino is located at 4500 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA. Susan Jensen will be on site at the conference to coordinate interview and coverage requests, and can be reached by calling (916) 769-5522. Individuals wishing to attend the conference may register on-site on Wednesday, January 22.

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