More Than 700 Tribal Leaders and Gaming Executives from Throughout the Country Expected at Sixth Annual Confernece in Palm Springs

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More Than 700 Tribal Leaders and Gaming Executives from Throughout the Country Expected at Sixth Annual Confernece in Palm Springs

January 1, 2001

More than 700 tribal leaders and gaming executives from across the United States will convene Monday, January 15th for the opening of the fifth annual Western Indian Gaming Conference (WIGC) at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Among the more than 100 exhibitors at the trade show will be major industry operators including architectural firms, banks, bingo suppliers, electronic gaming vendors, accounting and executive recruitment firms. Exhibitors will include Sodak Gaming Inc., GameCash, Visix, Bally's, PDS Financial, Canyon National Bank, RSM McGladrey, Coca-Cola, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and many others.

The conference and trade show will be prefaced Saturday, January 13th with a golf tournament, and will run through Tuesday, January 16th. Featured events include workshops on regulation, compliance, financing and facility management.

"This year marks a turning point for tribal government gaming. Thanks to the California voters, who overwhelmingly supported Proposition 1A, California Indian tribes are finally achieving self-reliance," said Lynn Valbuena, WIGC conference chair.

"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. "It has made an incredibly positive impact on the state economy, generating more than $4 billion and eliminating state welfare payments by $50 million."

The Western Indian Gaming Conference and trade show is a function of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA). Founded in 1988, CNIGA is an association that currently represents 74 tribal governments across California.

The Palm Springs Convention Center is located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros. 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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