OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2022 Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference and Trade Show, also known as “the biggest little show in Indian gaming,” will be held in Tulsa, OK, August 9-11, in Tulsa’s Cox Business Convention Center and will draw nearly 3,000 vendors, visitors and guest speakers to downtown Tulsa.
The event begins Tuesday with the annual John Marley Golf Tournament, an event which raises scholarship funds for people working in the gaming industry and their dependents. OIGA established the John Marley Scholarship in 2008 to provide educational opportunities for OIGA member employees and their families. The John Marley Scholarships are dedicated to the search for knowledge and the provision of scholarships for eligible individuals in order to attend accredited colleges, universities and trade schools in Oklahoma or other states. Since 2014, OIGA has awarded 54 scholarships.
In Oklahoma, tribal gaming has yielded many contributions to Oklahoma’s job market, economy, educational offerings and quality of life.
“Tribes are wonderful community partners in Oklahoma,” said OIGA Chairman Matthew L. Morgan. “We create jobs, build roads and hospitals, invest in our public schools and universities, support non-profits and create programs to serve citizens – tribal and non-tribal – who need assistance within our communities. Each year, when we gather at our Conference and Trade Show, we celebrate this industry, which has allowed us to do so much. We are proud of our past, excited about things happening right now, and determined to leave the next generation an industry and an Oklahoma that they can take pride in.”
Conference sessions begin Wednesday at 9:30am, and continue until noon, when attendees and vendors will celebrate the official opening of the trade show floor. From noon to 4pm, the floor will be open to attendees. New this year, the welcome party will transform into a “stay and play” reception on the trade show floor, from 4:00-6:30pm.
Conference session topics will include:
- National Landscape on Sports Betting: Bills, Stakeholders and the Outcome
- SCOTUS and District Court Decisions: Impact to Indian Country
- Oklahoma Tribal Economic Impact Report Review
- Diversity and Inclusion in STEAM Career Development
- Active Shooter: Preparations Saves Live
Oklahoma is home to one of the largest gaming markets in the U.S. with more than 80,000 electronic machines on the floors of over 130 operations. The OIGA Conference and Trade Show has always been the largest regional show in the country and is looking forward to hitting that mark again.