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Tribal Leader Roundtable: Spotlight on 2023 Momentum

This month, we spoke with five tribal leaders from across Indian Country about the greatest challenges and rewards this year, how strong...
Isaiah Vivanco

Isaiah Vivanco, Chairman, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

The pandemic has impacted us immensely. Initially, not knowing the severity of COVID-19 and what came with it, sent the whole world into a different mind thought.
Terry Rambler

Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe

Our Council declared a state of emergency back in March and had zero COVID-19 positive cases on our reservation until May 27, largely because of strict mitigation measures. Since then, we have seen two surges and a recent softening in numbers.
Russell Buster Attebery

Russell “Buster” Attebery, Chairman, Karuk Tribe

Communicate early and often with your management team. Develop a policy that reflects a proper chain of command so all employees, upper-level to entry-level, feel they were involved in the solution.
Bernadine Burnette

Bernadine Burnette, President, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

We have had to navigate the impacts of the pandemic for the past 18 months, and unfortunately, it is not over yet. Our first priority has been to ensure the health and safety of our tribal members, guests and employees.
Robert Smith

Robert H. Smith, Chairman, Pala Band of Mission Indians

Robert H. Smith, ChairmanPala Band of Mission IndiansPala Casino – Pala, CApalacasino.com / palatribe.com BENEFITS OF GAMING: Gaming revenues have...
Lloyd Mathiesen

Lloyd Mathiesen, Chairman, Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of CA

Initially, we closed down our casino for two and a half months, and after we reopened, we moved forward with tough restrictions. Prior to COVID-19, our legal occupancy was just under 800, and since we’ve reopened, we are only allowing 425 people in the casino at a time.
President Marlon WhiteEagle

Marlon WhiteEagle, President, Ho-Chunk Nation

We are seeing a lot of funding opportunities from various federal agencies outside the large U.S. Treasury direct payment to tribes. These funding levels should be the “new normal” when addressing tribal trust and treaty rights needs.
William Reynolds

William Reynolds, Chairman, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

The St. Croix Tribe’s biggest challenge for 2023 is illegal gaming, i.e., the unregulated gaming occurring every day in the State of Wisconsin in the form of multi-denomination/multi-game machines, poker, pull tabs, dice games, and sports boards.
Marshall Pierite

Marshall Pierite, Chairman, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Marshall Pierite, ChairmanTunica-Biloxi Tribe of LouisianaParagon Casino Resort – Marksville, LAparagoncasinoresort.comtunicabiloxi.org CHALLENGES/REWARDS: As far as challenges go, we are...
Osage Nation Ranch

Osage Nation, Osage LLC Execute Commercial Property Lease for 32,743 Acres of Land

TULSA, OK – The Osage Nation Executive Branch and Osage, LLC recently executed a 10-year lease agreement for 32,743 acres of the...

River Spirit Casino To Host Annual Mvskoke Art Market

TULSA, OK – The Third Annual Mvskoke Art Market will take place at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa on April 20-21. The...
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Augustine Casino Deploys QCI Slots

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Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant Nominated for Academy of Country Music Casino Theater...

DURANT, OK – The Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant has been nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s...