CNIGA Elects New Vice Chair, Reelects Its Secretary

Press Release
For Immediate Release


CNIGA Elects New Vice Chair, Reelects Its Secretary

December 7, 2004

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association, the largest tribal organization in the state, announced today that Allen Lawson has been elected vice chair and Michael Hunter has been reelected secretary of the organization. Each will serve a two-year term.

Lawson is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as chairman of the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians. During his Chairmanship the San Pasqual Band has achieved unprecedented and successful growth and development. Valley View Casino is the latest of their dreams to come to fruition for the tribe located some 40 miles north of San Diego.

Hunter is a member of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and has served as a delegate to CNIGA for over ten years. Hunter previously served nine years on the Coyote Valley tribal council where he was the youngest elected leader of the tribe.

Anthony Miranda, chair of the 62-member organization of gaming and non-gaming tribes, welcomed Hunter’s return to the organization’s executive committee and he said Lawson is a great addition to the leadership team.

“The CNIGA executive committee remains committed to carrying out the directives of the general membership and will continue to work to protect tribal sovereignty and tribal government gaming,” Miranda said, “The committee is excited about the future and looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead. We know that no challenge is insurmountable, so long as we maintain a cohesive coalition like CNIGA.”

Lawson replaces Mary Ann Martin Andreas who chose not to run for reelection.

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) is a non-profit trade association comprised of 62 gaming and non-gaming tribal nations. 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.

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