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Green Bay, WI – September 4, 2018 – The National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Scholarship Committee has announced the recipients of the NTGCR Fall 2018 Tribal Scholarship award for Native American students.

This semester’s recipients are Ms. Erica Stokes, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Ms. Ebony Neal, a member of the Suquamish Tribe.

Ms. Stokes is currently attending Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK where she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduation, she plans to work for her tribe, at either the government or casino level.

Ms. Neal is currently attending Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA and plans to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Tribal Governance and Business Management. After graduation, Ms. Neal plans to work for her tribe.

The recipients will each receive a $2,500.00 scholarship to assist with tuition, books, meal cards and living expenses. They were both selected based on their academic grade point average, exhibition of leadership, community involvement, written essay, letter of recommendations, accomplishments and professional development.

Information on when the NTGCR Scholarship Committee will begin accepting applicants for our regular Tribal Scholarship program and the Jess Green Law Student Scholarship for the 2019 Spring Semester can be found at the organization’s website, www.ntgcr.com .

The NTGCR is a non-profit organization consisting of tribal regulatory members and other non-voting affiliate members. The organization is dedicated to providing tribal gaming regulators with education and training. The NTGCR promotes cooperative relationships amongst tribes and may act as a gaming regulatory advisory group to tribal gaming organizations.

WASHINGTON, DC August 14, 2018 – Today the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced the approval of non-binding guidance on Class III Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS).

The NIGC’s Class III MICS were promulgated in 1999 and last substantively revised in 2005. In 2006, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held in the case Colorado River Indian Tribes v. Nat'l Indian Gaming Comm'n that NIGC lacked authority to enforce or promulgate Class III MICS. Since that time, the Class III MICS have remained untouched. Nonetheless, we recognize that numerous tribes look to our Class III MICS for guidance and, in many cases, reference the MICS in their compacts and ordinances. We also recognize that technology has advanced rapidly; making some standards obsolete and introducing new areas of risk not contemplated by the outdated standards. This non-binding guidance will provide updated standards that address today’s gaming industry. And, because the updated MICS will be guidance instead of regulations, it will allow the NIGC to quickly adapt the MICS to changing technology and provide up-to-date training and technical assistance.

“The Commission is proud to provide this guidance as a service to tribal nations and Indian gaming stakeholders. Issuance of this guidance is in keeping with our on-going commitment to support tribal nations – as the primary regulators of Indian gaming – in their continuing efforts to safeguard the integrity of Indian gaming for the purpose of generating critical governmental revenue that supports countless jobs, programs, and services to tribal citizens and surrounding communities,” said NIGC Chairman Jonodev O. Chaudhuri.

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The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act created the National Indian Gaming Commission to support tribal self-sufficiency and the integrity of Indian gaming.  The NIGC has developed four initiatives to support its mission including (1) To protect against anything that amounts to gamesmanship on the backs of tribes; (2) To stay ahead of the Technology Curve; (3) Rural outreach; and (4) To maintain a strong workforce within NIGC and with its tribal regulatory partners.  NIGC oversees the efficient regulation of 506 gaming establishments operated by 246 tribes across 29 states. The Commission’s dedication to compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act ensures the integrity of the growing $32.4 billion Indian gaming industry. To learn more, visit www.nigc.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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