National Associations



American Gaming Association (AGA)

Geoff Freeman, 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: Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
September 30 - October 2, 2014
The Sands Expo and Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV

About 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.

Peter DeRaedt

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.

Ernie Stevens Jr.

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: Indian Gaming 2014
May 11-14, 2014
San Diego Convention Center - San Diego, CA

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)

Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Acting Chairman
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.

Jamie Hummingbird

National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGC/R)

Jamie Hummingbird, Chairman
PO Box 627
Tahlequah, OK 74465
Phone: (918) 207-3848
Fax: (918) 458-6153

Region Covered: National
Established: Evolved in early 1990's
Conference: March, 2014
National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference
Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, Santa Fe, NM

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
J. Kurt Luger

Great Plains Indian Gaming Association (GPIGA)

J. Kurt Luger, Executive Director
PO Box 1983 / 855 Basin Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58502-1983 / 58504
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
Annual Conference: Great Plains / Midwest / Rocky Mountain Indian Gaming Conference & Tradeshow
March 31 - April 2, 2014
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 Nations. 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 
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.

Brian Patterson

United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)

Brian Patterson, President
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: 26
Semi-Annual Conference:  USET Annual Meeting & Expo
October 28-31, 2013
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort - Cherokee, NC

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)

Valerie Spicer, Executive Director
2214 N. Central, Ste. 250
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: (602) 307-1570
Fax: (602) 307-1568

Region Covered: Arizona
Year Founded: 1984
Member Tribes: 18
Annual Meeting: 2014 Expo AIGA
November 5-7, 2014
Fort McDowell Resort & Casino - Fort McDowell, 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.

Daniel J. Tucker

California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA)

Daniel J. Tucker, Chairman
Leon Acebedo, Executive Director
2150 River Plaza Dr., Ste. 120
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 448-8706
Fax: (916) 448-8758

Region Covered: California
Year Founded: 1988
Member Tribes: 64
Associate Members: 40+
Annual Conference: Western Indian Gaming Conference
February 11 - 13, 2014
Location TBA

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. 

John McCarthy

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

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.


Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA)

Sheila Morago, Executive Director
923 N. Robinson, Ste. 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: (405) 600-9044 
Fax: (405) 600-7924

Region Covered: Oklahoma
Year Founded: 1986
Member Tribes: 23
Associate Members: 55
Annual Tradeshow: 2014 OIGA Conference & Trade Show
August 11-13, 2014
Cox Center - Oklahoma City, OK 

About OIGA: The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, established in 1986, is a non-profit organization of 26 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.

Ernest Stebbins

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: 2014 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo
Date & Location TBA

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 serves as an advocate for Indian gaming before state, local and federal government bodies.

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