More Than 150 Tribal Leaders and Gaming Executives Expected at Third Annual Mid-Year Conference

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More Than 150 Tribal Leaders and Gaming Executives Expected at Third Annual Mid-Year Conference

June 26, 2001

More than 150 tribal leaders and gaming executives will convene Wednesday, June 27 for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association’s (“CNIGA”) third annual Mid-Year Conference at the Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort. The event will be prefaced Tuesday, June 26 with a golf tournament at the Sandpiper Golf Course.

The conference will feature a series of panels on strategic marketing for Indian casinos, construction and financing, and Class II gaming. The luncheon, featuring keynote speakers Gary Renville and Mitchell Underwood, Indian Tribal Government Specialists for the Internal Revenue Service, is scheduled at 12:15 p.m. Immediately following the seminars, CNIGA will host a General Managers forum including discussion items such as regulation, slot machine selection, employee hiring and retention, and marketing.

“This year is a benchmark year. Thanks to the California voters, who overwhelmingly supported Proposition 1A, and the Governor who signed compacts with the California Tribal Governments, California gaming tribes are beginning to achieve their dream of self-reliance,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chair of the CNIGA conference committee.

“Tribal government gaming has helped eliminate the need for welfare on reservations across the state. Indian gaming also supports an estimated 50,000 jobs, 90 percent of which are held by non-Indians,” said Valbuena. “This year is unique. For the first time in California history non-gaming tribes will benefit directly from Tribal government gaming.”

The California Tribal-State Compacts negotiated by the State of California and the Tribal Governments includes a revenue sharing provision for non-gaming tribes, which entitles each non-gaming tribe to receive up to $1.1 million dollars in gaming revenue. “CNIGA is proud to see the gaming tribes assist the non-gaming tribes in achieving self-reliance,” said Valbuena.

The Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort is located at 633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara. Susan Jensen will be on site at the conference to coordinate interview and coverage requests, and can be reached by calling (916) 769-5522.

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