As you take time to enjoy our Tradeshow and Conference this year, please be sure to review NIGA’s Annual Report and the 2017 Audit results enclosed with this report. NIGA’s operating capital saw a $1.2 million reversal from 2016 and, for the third straight year, NIGA was able to cut our expenses while we settled into a new operating budget with a fully functioning 14,000 square foot office building. I will continue our hard budget work at NIGA coordinating with the NIGA Finance Committee, the Chairman, Executive Director, and the NIGA Board to meet head-on our new fiscal requirements. As of the date of this report, our Las Vegas Tradeshow is on pace to be the largest in NIGA’s history - so the future is certainly looking bright. I am confident that with Indian Country’s continuing participation at NIGA, we will be well- positioned to see increased growth in our Industry and with our Tribal membership. As Treasurer, I will continue to review and assess how we do business and to strengthen our commitment on behalf of Indian Country. There is always room for improvement in the way we do business and we can always stretch our capabilities with each new challenge and endeavor. As Treasurer, I owe it to our Tribal Membership to not only maintain NIGA’s excellent credit rating, but to ensure the long term fiscal health of the Association. It is an honor to have a role in an organization so valued to not only to my Tlingit & Haida Indian community in Alaska, but to all of Indian country. I look forward to meeting with you in Las Vegas and hearing your suggestions on how to continue to help all Tribal Nations pursue economic self-sufficiency, care for our people, and build a future for the generations to come. I wish you much success in 2018 and look forward to our next meeting.
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