CNIGA Elects New Executive Board Members

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CNIGA Elects New Executive Board Members

December 6, 2018

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association elected James Siva and Daniel Salgado to the positions of vice-chairperson and secretary on the organization’s executive board. Dale Miller was also re-elected as the Northern District At-large Member.

“It is an honor to serve CNIGA, the premier tribal government gaming organization in California. My goal is to keep it moving forward and think it’s important to provide a younger perspective among our leadership,” said Siva, who like Salgado is in his thirties. “Protecting our sovereign right to conduct gaming on our own lands requires a watchful eye and there will always be issues that need to be addressed. I believe it’s time for a new generation to step up.”

“Whenever I am called upon to lead, I take that commitment seriously. I proudly serve my tribe, the Cahuilla Band of Indian as chairman and am humbled to have been elected to serve the member tribes of CNIGA as a member of the executive committee,” said Salgado. “I am honored to serve the CNIGA membership as secretary and I am looking forward to helping guide the organization.”

“I have enjoyed serving both my tribe and my region as the Northern Representative. I am honored that I was chosen to serve again,” said Miller. “There is strength in numbers and CNIGA, , provides that strength for Indian Country.”

All three serve on the councils of their respective tribes. Siva is the vice-chairperson for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Salgado serves as chairman of the Cahuilla Band of Indians, in southern California and Miller is the chairman of the Elk Valley Rancheria on the far northern California coast. Siva previously served on the CNIGA executive board as the Central District At-large Member, as the executive board holds, in addition to four officers, representatives from tribes in each of the four federal court districts in California.

Continuing their terms on the executive board are CNIGA Chairman Steve Stallings, treasurer Dennis Hendricks and At-large representatives, Leon Benner (Eastern Representative) and Henry Murphy (Southern Representative).

About CNIGA:

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is a non-profit association comprised of 38 federally recognized tribal governments dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of tribes to have gaming on Indian lands.

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