NIGA Trainings and Seminars In 2016, I reported that NIGA had again expanded its trainings and seminars for all tribal gaming commissioners and regulators. Despite this increase, demand has continued to run strong from our gaming commissions and NIGA will again be increasing the number of Commissioner Trainings and Masters Level Trainings across the country. NIGA’s trainings are continually evolving to meet the needs of our Tribal Governments and their gaming divisions. The tribal regulator’s role as the primary enforcement mechanism for our industry is one of our key messaging points. Participating in NIGA’s trainings and seminars will provide another tool for your gaming commissions to provide the most up to date regulatory methods available and report on current information. Please visit our website for a full list of Trainings coming to a venue close to your Tribe. National Indian Gaming Commission NIGA is also closely monitoring the NIGC and their aggressive 2018 Tribal Consultation Schedule. The Tribal Consultation Sessions will address, among other things, Class III MICS; technical standards for mobile gaming devices; and changes to management letters and audits. Please join us this year at our speaking sessions for a complete discussion with the NIGC and their goals for Indian gaming regulation. Indian Gaming is a central part of many state and local economies and the data indicates our industry is playing a strong role in the recovery in those areas. As you can see from our Economic Impact Report, Tribal properties are generating several billion dollars in capital costs, operations and maintenance, security and surveillance, goods and services, etc. Tribes’ remaining revenue is reinvested into the tribal government to help pay for education, health care, police and fire protection, housing, water and sewer service, transportation, government infrastructure and community development. Tribal Governments, like most governments, exist to provide a better standard of living of their citizens. We know that our NIGA Member Tribes are committed to rebuilding their Indian communities and creating sustainable economic models on the reservation. Indian Gaming revenues play a vital role in this endeavor and together, we will continue to share our economic development stories with America. Once Indian Country’s full story is told, all citizens will realize that the growth of Indian Gaming is truly another great American success story.
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