State of the Tribal Nations Address to Kick Off One of the U.S.’s Largest Indian Gaming Conferences

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State of the Tribal Nations Address to Kick Off One of the U.S.’s Largest Indian Gaming Conferences

January 4, 2005

Anthony Miranda, chairman of the California Nation’s Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), will kick off the 10th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference in Palm Springs with an address on the “state of the tribal nations” on January 26, 2005.

Now in his second year as chairman of the state’s largest organization of Indian tribes, Miranda will review a year in which a number of tribes significantly expanded their tribal government gaming facilities. It was also a year in which CNIGA successfully fought back a statewide initiative that could have given 16 California racetracks and card clubs the right to operate 30,000 slot machines.

The two-day conference is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of tribal representatives, manufacturers of gaming equipment and supplies and others interested in tribal government gaming. Last year the conference drew more than 600 attendees and 130 exhibitors.

The state of tribal government gaming is stronger than ever,” Miranda said, “but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a number of continuing challenges we must face as we continue to use gaming to strengthen tribal governments and provide a wide range of health, education and other services to our tribal members.”

Miranda’s speech at 8:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Hotel, across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, is the first of a series of programs that will deal with a wide range of tribal gaming issues. Panels will include how tribal government casinos can avoid and fight fraud as well as a review of Indian issues during the 2004 legislative session and what can be expected in the 2005 session.

The conference is sponsored by CNIGA which 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.

The Palm Springs Convention Center is located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros. CNIGA Director of Communications Susan Jensen will be on site at the conference to coordinate interview and coverage requests. She can be reached at 916-448-8706 prior to the convention. Media may obtain press credentials at the registration counters located in the Convention Center. Individuals wishing to attend the conference may register on-site beginning on Tuesday, January 25.

Additional information, including a complete schedule of events may be obtained on the CNIGA web site at www.cniga.com.

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