CNIGA Elects Brenda Soulliere as New Chairperson

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CNIGA Elects Brenda Soulliere as New Chairperson

December 10, 2001

Sacramento, CA—The California Nations Indian Gaming Association, an organization comprised of 76 tribal governments, elected Brenda Soulliere of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians as chairperson of the statewide association on December 6. Soulliere succeeds former CNIGA Chairman Daniel Tucker of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation who did not seek re-election.

The organization, which conducts elections annually, also re-elected Ken Gilbert of the Mooretown Rancheria as treasurer. Anthony Miranda of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians was elected secretary in a special election to fill the vacated position for the remaining term of one year. Continuing as vice chair is Paula Lorenzo of the Rumsey Rancheria. Newly-elected officers will serve a two-year term of office.

“This position is a tremendous responsibility because so many tribal communities depend on Indian gaming for their economic survival. I am deeply committed to strengthening our efforts to protect Indian self-reliance and tribal sovereignty,” said Soulliere.

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), founded in 1988, is a non-profit organization comprised of 76 federally-recognized tribal governments. CNIGA is dedicated to the purpose of protecting the sovereign right of Indian tribes to have gaming on federally-recognized Indian lands. It acts as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative, policy, legal and communications efforts on behalf of its members and serves as an industry forum for information and resources. The association’s executive offices are located at 1130 K Street, Suite 150 in Sacramento, California.

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