Tribal Gaming Associations

National Associations

American Gaming Association (AGA)

Frank Fahrenkopf, President & CEO
1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Ste. 1175
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone: (202) 552-2675
Fax: (202) 552-2676

Region Covered: National
Year Founded: 1995
Annual Conference: November 16-18, 2010
Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NVAbout AGA: The AGA represents the commercial casino entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting its members and their employees and customers, such as federal taxation, regulatory issues, and travel and tourism matters.

Gaming Standards Association (GSA)

Peter DeRaedt, President
48377 Fremont Blvd. Ste. 117
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 492-4060
Fax: (510) 492-4001

Region Covered: International
Year Founded: 1998

About GSA: GSA develops protocol standards for the global gaming industry, preparing the industry for the future of gaming.


National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)

Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman
224 2nd Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Phone: (202) 546-7711
Fax: (202) 546-1755

Region Covered: National
Year Founded: 1985
Member Tribes: 184
Associate Members: 133
Annual Conference: April 3-6, 2011
Indian Gaming 2011
Phoenix Convention Center – Phoenix, AZ

About NIGA: The mission of NIGA is to protect and preserve the general welfare of tribes striving for self-sufficiency through gaming enterprises in Indian Country. To fulfill its mission, NIGA works with Federal government and Congress to develop sound policies and practices and to provide technical assistance and advocacy on gaming related issues. In addition, NIGA seeks to maintain and protect Indian sovereign governmental authority in Indian Country.

National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)

Shawn Pensoneau, Congressional & Public Affairs Director
1441 L. Street NW, Ste. 9100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 632-7003
Fax: (202) 632-7066

Region Covered: National
Established pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988

About NIGC: The Commission’s primary mission is to regulate gaming activities on Indian lands for the purpose of shielding Indian tribes from organized crime and other corrupting influences; to ensure that Indian tribes are the primary beneficiaries of gaming revenue; and to assure that gaming is conducted fairly and honestly by both operators and players.

National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGC/R)

Jamie Hummingbird, Chairman
PO Box 627
Tahlequah, OK 74465
Phone: (918) 207-3848
Fax: (918) 458-6266

Region Covered: National
Established: Evolved in early 1990’s
Annual Conference: September 22-24
National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Fall Conference
Cherokee Casino & Resort – Tulsa, Oklahoma

About NTGC/R: The National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGC/R) is a non-profit, voluntary association composed of Tribal Gaming Regulatory entities and Associate Members representing federally recognized tribal governments, gaming tribes, Rancherias, Pueblos, Bands, and business involved in gaming enterprises in Indian Country.

Regional Associations

Great Plains Indian Gaming Association (GPIGA)

J. Kurt Luger, Executive Director
PO Box 1983
Bismarck, ND 58502-1983
Phone: (701) 255-9275
Fax: (701) 255-9281

Region Covered: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana
Year Founded: 1997
Member Tribes: 28
Joint Conference with MIGA: May 16-19, 2010
18th Annual Great Plains/Midwest/Rocky Mountain Conference & Tradeshow
Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel – Prior Lake, MN

About GPIGA: Founded in 1997, the Great Plains Indian Gaming Association (GPIGA) is currently composed of 28 Tribal Members. The GPIGA remains committed to providing services to all of the Tribal Nations within the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming, and Montana.

Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST)

Scott R. Vele, Executive Director
1011 Main St. / PO Box 265
Gresham, WI 54128-0265
Phone: (715) 787-4494
Fax: (715) 787-4468

Region Covered: Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin
Year Founded: 1996
Member Tribes: 35

About MAST: Tribes join forces to advance, protect, preserve and enhance the mutual interests, treaty rights, sovereignty and cultural way of life.

United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)

Wanda Janes, Interim Director
711 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Ste 100
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Phone: (615) 872-7900
Fax: (615) 872-7417

Region Covered: Texas, Maine, South Carolina, New York, Louisiana, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Massachusetts
Year founded: 1969
Member Tribes: 24
Annual Conference: October 18-21, 2010
USET Annual Meeting
Connecticut location TBA

About USET: United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the development of Indian tribes, to improving the capabilities of tribal governments, and assisting the member tribes and their governments in dealing effectively with public policy issues and in serving the broad needs of Indian people.

State Associations

Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA)

Delia Carlyle, Chairwoman
Sheila Morago, Exec. Director
2214 N. Central Suite 250
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: (602) 307-1570
Fax: (602) 307-1568

Region Covered: Arizona
Year Founded: 1984
Member Tribes: 18
Annual Conference: September 15-17, 2010
Arizona Desert Classic Gaming Conference, Golf Tournament & Trade Show
Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ

About AIGA: The Arizona Indian Gaming Association, a 501(c) 6, was established on November 21, 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the lives of Indian peoples – economically, socially and politically – so Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance. AIGA has a membership of 18 tribes representing 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona.

California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA)

Daniel J. Tucker, Chairman
Leon Acebedo, Executive Director
1415 L Street Suite 1080
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 448-8706
Fax: (916) 448-8758

Region Covered: California
Year Founded: 1988
Member Tribes: 64
Associate Members: 40+
Annual Conference: January 12-14, 2010
15th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference
Palm Springs Convention Center – Palm Springs, CA

About CNIGA: The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), founded in 1988, is a non-profit organization comprised of federally recognized tribal governments. 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.

Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA)

John McCarthy, Executive Director
8925 Cove Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: (218) 751-0560
Fax: (218) 751-2541

Region Covered: Minnesota
Year Founded: 1988
Member Tribes: 9
Joint Conference with GPIGA: May 16-19, 2010
18th Annual Great Plains/Midwest/Rocky Mountain Conference & Tradeshow
Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel – Prior Lake, MN

About MIGA: MIGA is an organization of gaming tribes throughout Minnesota. The association serves as a clearinghouse for issues relating to the sovereign rights of Minnesota tribes to conduct legal gambling.

 New Mexico Indian Gaming Association (NMIGA)

Charlie Dorame, Chairman
2401 12th Street NW, Ste 213 – N
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: (505) 724-3575
Fax: (505) 724-3588

Region Covered: New Mexico
Year Founded: 1994
Member Tribes: 11 tribes

About NMIGA: The New Mexico Indian Gaming Association, Inc. is actively involved in educating the public and voters about the positive economic impact of tribal gaming in New Mexico.

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA)

David Qualls, Chairman
P.O. Box 1909
Durant, OK 74701
Phone: (580) 920-0160
Fax: (580) 920-0024

Region Covered: Oklahoma
Year Founded: 1986
Member Tribes: 23
Associate Members: 55
Annual Tradeshow: August 23-24, 2010
16th Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference & Trade Show
Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK

About OIGA: The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, established in 1986, is a non-profit organization of 32 Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around Oklahoma. The common commitment and purpose of OIGA is to advance the welfare of Indian peoples – economically, socially and politically.

Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA)

Ernest J. Stebbins, Executive Director
1110 Capitol Way S. Suite 404
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 352-3248
Fax: (360) 352-4819

Region Covered: State of Washington
Year Founded: 1999
Member Tribes: 21
Annual Conference: July 12-14, 2010
10th Annual Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo
Squaxin Island Little Creek Resort, Shelton, WA

About WIGA: The Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) is an organization of tribal government leaders of federally recognized tribes in the state of Washington. WIGA maintains offices in the state capitol; organizes conferences and special projects; and consults with and disseminates information to tribal governments, the media, and the general public. WIGA serves as an advocate for Indian gaming before state, local and federal government bodies.

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