BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Gaming Commission Symposium recently took place at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, marking an important addition to the 2023 annual Potawatomi Gathering. Industry professionals and stakeholders gathered for the event, which featured an array of speakers and discussions focused on tribal gaming’s key challenges and opportunities.
The annual Potawatomi Gathering is a cultural event that brings together members of the Potawatomi tribes and their communities from across the U.S. and Canada. This vibrant celebration serves as a platform to honor and preserve the rich heritage, traditions, and values of the Potawatomi people. The gathering fosters a sense of unity and camaraderie among attendees, offering them an opportunity to participate in various cultural activities, traditional ceremonies, and educational programs.
The Gaming Commission Symposium served as a crucial platform for gaming experts, regulatory authorities, and thought leaders to exchange ideas, share best practices, and envision the future of the gaming landscape. Hosted within the Vegas-style atmosphere of FireKeepers Casino Hotel, the symposium received an overwhelming response from attendees.
Highlights of the Gaming Commission Symposium included:
- Presentation by Jeannie Hovland, NIGC Vice Chair/Director of Self-Regulation: “Strengthening Tribal Economies Through Gaming / The Role of the National Indian Gaming Commission in Promoting Economic Development”
- Presentation by Public Affairs Expert John Truscott, CEO of Truscott/Rossman: “Recent Developments in Tribal Gaming Lobbying”
- Presentation by Tribal Gaming Commission Attorney Rick McGee: “Fair Regulator Attributes”
- Presentation by Danielle Her Many Horses, Deputy Executive Director & General Council: “The Future of Tribal Gaming and the Role of the Indian Gaming Association”
- The symposium paid homage to the Potawatomi heritage, emphasizing the significance of preserving cultural values while adapting to the evolving dynamics of the gaming sector.
The event saw participation from key industry players, including representatives from gaming operators, tribal leaders, gaming commissioners, and distinguished guests.
“The Gaming Commission Symposium demonstrated our unwavering commitment to regulating effectively while celebrating Native American heritage,” said Jessica Aldrich, Executive Assistant and lead organizer of the event. “We were elated to see professionals from various backgrounds come together to discuss the most pressing matters in the gaming industry.”