Tribal Leaders and Gaming Executives Expected at Sixth Annual Mid-Year Conference

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Tribal Leaders and Gaming Executives Expected at Sixth Annual Mid-Year Conference

June 2, 2004

Tribal leaders and gaming executives from throughout the state will convene Wednesday, June 9 at 9:00 a.m. for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association’s (“CNIGA”) sixth annual Mid-Year Conference at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. The conference will be preceded by a golf tournament at the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course on Tuesday.

The conference will feature a series of panels highlighting the technological evolution of tribal government gaming. The first panel, “Gaming Technology and the Law” will discuss recent developments in the legal status of computerized Class II games and Class III style lottery games. Immediately following, tribal leaders and representatives will advise the audience on current and future legislative initiatives effecting gaming technology as well as an update on NIGC actions impacting Class II gaming. During the final seminar, executives from some of the country’s leading manufacturers of computerized gaming devices will discuss current and future games that will be appearing on Indian casino floors in the near future.

Morning seminars will be followed in the afternoon by a “Talking Circle” gathering, lead by Ken Gilbert from the Mooretown Rancheria and Chairwoman Liz DeRouen from the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians. The talking circle is a modern format of old traditional ways by which tribal leaders sought counsel from members of the tribe on issues of the day, and to find solutions to those issues.

To conclude the conference, CNIGA will host a traditional California Indian stick game tournament composed of teams from various tribes throughout the state. Stick games are traditional competitive games among tribal people. The tournament is being sponsored by the Valley View Casino, which is owned by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. Prizes include a $5000 first prize, $2,000 second prize, and $1,000 third prize. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Pechanga Pow Wow Area; there is no entry fee. The tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m. with songs performed by native bird singers.

The Pechanga Resort & Casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula. Susan Jensen will be on site at the conference to coordinate interview and coverage requests, and can be reached by calling (916) 769-5522.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Monday, June 7th, 2004
Associate Member Meeting
Pechanga Resort & Casino
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004
Mid Year Golf Tournament
Temecula Creek Inn Golf Club 9:00 am Shotgun start

Golf Awards Dinner
Pechanga Resort Casino Eagles View Room 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004
Morning Seminars & Continental Breakfast
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Hummingbird Hall
9:00 am – Noon

Luncheon for attendees, vendors, associate members
Noon – 1:00 pm

Talking Circle
Pechanga Resort & Casino Kelsey’s Ballroom
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Stick Game Tournament
Pow Wow Area Registration 4:00 – 6:00 Begin at 6:30

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