The National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators (NTGCR) association held its annual Spring Conference this week at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NTGCR Chairman Jamie Hummingbird (Cherokee Nation) and the NTGCR Board welcomed 246 of the nation’s best and brightest tribal gaming regulators, representing 50 tribes from across the country, to the annual event which kicked off on Tuesday, March 29th with general assembly sessions, keynote speakers National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. (Oneida) and National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) Chairman E. Sequoyah Simermeyer (Coharie).
NIGC Chairman Simermeyer and NIGA Chairman Stevens addressed the conference attendees during the general session with Chairman Stevens giving special recognition to Cori Blaschke (Ho-Chunk Nation) and Daniel McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) awarding them the NIGA 2022 Chairman’s Leadership Award for their exceptional tribal regulatory contributions.
The conference was highlighted with a comprehensive seminar and workshop schedule featuring 24 individual sessions and roundtables in addition to three (3) general session presentations on human trafficking, an active shooter case study, and problem gambling.
During the NTGCR Welcome Reception, NTGCR Associate Members Aztek Gaming Solutions and Merydyan Technologies, sponsored the 3rd NTGCR Cornhole Tournament, which fielded 38 two-person teams in support of the NTGCR Scholarship Fund. A silent auction was also held to provide additional support for the Scholarship Fund. Combining the contributions of the sponsors with the funds raised through the tournament and silent auction, the NTGCR was able to raise over $10,000 for the NTGCR Scholarship Fund, which funds scholarships for two (2) native students seeking an undergraduate degree as well as one (1) student pursuing a juris doctorate. Full details on the NTGCR Scholarship Program may be found on the organization's website: www.ntgcr.com/scholarships.
Chairman Hummingbird recognized NTGCR Executive Director Dawn Reiter and the NTGCR Conference Committee for their efforts in putting together a successful 2022 NTGCR Spring Conference.
The next NTGCR event will be a Certified Gaming Commissioner Academy June 21-24, 2022, hosted by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw at the Golden Moon Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Attendance will be limited to seventy-five participants. Registration and further details for the NTGCR Certified Gaming Commissioner Academy will be available at the NTGCR website: www.ntgcr.com. The NTGCR will meet in the fall for the 2022 Fall Conference & Annual at a location that has yet to be determined. For further information on the NTGCR or any future NTGCR events, contact NTGCR Executive Director Dawn Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for e-mail notifications by visiting the NTGCR website.
The NTGCR is a nationwide non-profit 501(c)(6) tribal gaming regulatory trade organization consisting of fifty-one (51) members and five (5) non-voting associate members. The NTGCR organization and its members are dedicated to providing tribal gaming regulators with education and training while developing regulatory education and scholarship opportunities. The NTGCR strives to promote cooperative relationships amongst Member tribes and Associate Members through annual conferences, the NTGCR Gaming Commissioner Certification Academy, and may also act as a gaming regulatory advisory group to tribal gaming organizations. For more information on the NTGCR, its members and upcoming events, visit: www.ntgcr.com.