Ninth Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference to Focus on Cutting Edge Issues Surrounding Tribal Government Gaming in California

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Ninth Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference to Focus on Cutting Edge Issues Surrounding Tribal Government Gaming in California

January 6, 2004

Tribal sovereignty, gaming regulations, inter-governmental cooperation and media coverage will be among the issues discussed at the 9th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference, Jan. 13-15, at the Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs.

The event is sponsored by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, a non-profit group of tribal governments dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty and the right of tribes to game on Indian lands.

Tribal leaders from throughout California will be attending what promises to be the largest conference and trade show in WICG history. More than 1,000 tribal members, gaming industry executives, regulators and others are expected to attend this year’s event.

Exhibits featuring the latest gaming industry technology will be on display in the spacious convention center. More than 130 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year’s event.

Seminars will focus on many of the cutting edge issues surrounding tribal government gaming in California and throughout the country. CNIGA Chairman Anthony Miranda will deliver a “State of Tribal Nations” address Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, at the Wyndham Hotel, the host resort for WIGC.

“Gaming has provided American Indians with a great opportunity to rebuild tribal nations nearly destroyed by generations of poverty and neglect, but we also face a myriad of challenges,” Miranda says. “This year’s conference will address head-on both the opportunities and challenges.

“Anyone involved in the operational side of the industry or interested in the politics, economic and cultural aspects of tribal government gaming will find the exhibits and two days of seminars rewarding and informative.”

The Palm Springs Convention Center is located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA. Susan Jensen will be on site at the conference to coordinate interview and coverage requests, and can be reached by calling (916) 769-5522. Individuals wishing to attend the conference may register on-site on Wednesday, January 14 & Thursday, January 15.

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