National Associations


American Gaming Association (AGA)

Geoff Freeman, President & CEO
799 9th St. NW, Ste. 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 552-2675 
Fax: (202) 552-2676

Region Covered: National
Year Founded: 1995 
Annual Conference: Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
September 27-29, 2016
The Sands Expo and Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV

About AGA: The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry.

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: The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. GSA facilitates the identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education and communication for the benefit of the entire industry.

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: 135
Associate Members: 198
Annual Conference: Indian Gaming 2016
March 13-16, 2016
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 the 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.

Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri

National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)

Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Chairman
90 K St. NE, Ste. 200  
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 632-7003
Fax: (202) 632-7066

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

About NIGC: The NIGC is an independent federal regulatory agency within the Department of the Interior and is committed to the prompt and efficient regulation of the Indian gaming industry. The Commission’s primary mission is to regulate gaming activities on Indian lands; 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 454
Oneida, WI 54155
Phone: (918) 207-3848
Fax: (918) 458-6153

Region Covered: National
Established: Evolved in early 1990's
Conference: March 29-31, 2016
National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference
Tulalip Resort Casino - Tulalip, WA

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
2016 Date TBA
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
Annual Conference:  USET Annual Meeting & Expo
October 24-26, 2016
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
Valerie Spicer

Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA)

Valerie Spicer, Executive Director
521 S. 48th St., Ste. 107
Phoenix, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 284-4034
Fax: (480) 284-4082

Region Covered: Arizona
Year Founded: 1984
Member Tribes: 17
Associate Members: 43
Annual Conference: 2016 AIGA Expo
October 23-25, 2016
Casino Del Sol - Tucson, 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)

Lee 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: 32
Associate Members: 19
Annual Conference: 21st Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference
February 9-11, 2016
Harrah's Resort Southern California - Valley Center, 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. 

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.

Sheila Morago

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: 26
Associate Members: 31
Annual Conference: OIGA 2016 Conference & Trade Show
July 25-27, 2016
Tulsa, 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., Ste. 404      
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 352-3248
Fax: (360) 352-4819

Region Covered: State of Washington
Year Founded: 1999
Member Tribes: 25
Annual Conference: 2016 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo
June 20-22, 2016
Tulalip Resort Casino - Tulalip, 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 serves as an advocate for Indian gaming before state, local and federal government bodies.

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