CNIGA Names Leon Acebedo Executive Director

Press Release
For Immediate Release


CNIGA Names Leon Acebedo Executive Director

August 20, 2007

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association announced today that the membership has selected Leon Acebedo as the organization’s new executive director.

“After an exhaustive search, we concluded that Mr. Acebedo was the best candidate for the position. We look forward to putting Mr. Acebedo’s extensive experience and professionalism to work as CNIGA continues its mission of protecting the right of tribal governments to conduct gaming on federally-recognized Indian lands,” said Anthony Miranda, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.

As executive director, Mr. Acebedo will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the policies and programs established by the CNIGA membership and executive committee.

In addition to recently serving as chairman of the Jamul Indian Village, Mr. Acebedo has a wide and varied resume. A Vietnam veteran, he attended California Lutheran and Kansas State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He previously worked with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community where he oversaw the tribe’s behavioral and mental health programs. He later worked with the State of Arizona’s Department of Health as a tribal liaison. Before assuming the chairmanship of his own tribe, Mr. Acebedo served as tribal administrator with the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians.

“I am honored to have been selected for the position of executive director. I am excited by the opportunity to be of service to the member tribes of CNIGA. I am looking forward to assisting tribal leadership and welcome the chance to work through the issues and challenges facing Indian gaming,” said Acebedo.


Representing 65 federally recognized member tribes, CNIGA is the largest and most influential tribal organization in California. CNIGA is dedicated to protecting the sovereign right of Indian tribes to have gaming on their land. 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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