CNIGA Announces the 14th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference

Press Release
For Immediate Release


CNIGA Announces the 14th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference

December 23, 2008

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association announces the 14th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference January 14th and 15th at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Green development, federal energy and tax policies, state regulation, the Special Distribution Fund, and Class II gaming are among the topics slated for panel discussion featuring several top experts in each respective field.

The WIGC will also feature a state-of-the-art trade show that features exhibitors showing the latest innovations from leaders in the gaming industry. A cash giveaway, totaling $23,000 will take place during the hours of the trade show. One thousand dollars will be given away every hour on the hour. A special giveaway will take place at the end of each day at 5PM, starting with a $5,000 prize at the close of the trade show on Wednesday, doubling to $10,000 on Thursday.

Reports from Sacramento and Washington, DC will also take place, and will feature both policy makers and those familiar with the issues at both the state and federal level, including California State Senator Rod Wright, chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, and his committee chair counterpart in the state assembly, Assemblyman Curren Price as well as National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr..

A golf tournament will precede the conference on January 13th at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs.

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is 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. CNIGA is governed by an elected Executive Board whose current members are; Anthony Miranda, chairman, Allen Lawson, vice-chairman, Eric Ramos, secretary, Dennis Hendricks, treasurer, Don Arnold, northern area representative, Leon Benner, eastern area representative, Mark Romero, southern area representative, and the newest addition to the board, Damon Sandoval, central area representative.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is the title sponsor of the conference.

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, January 14 & Thursday, January 15.

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