Joel Frank Sr. recipient of Tim Wapato Sovereign Warrior Award
April 20, 2017 11:55 AM
by Robert Mann
Joel Frank Sr. was honored for his determination to fight for Native rights during the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) conference last week in San Diego. He’s now the recipient of the 7th Annual Tim Wapato Sovereign Warrior Award.
Frank, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, joined NIGA founders Tim Wapato, Wenatchee of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and his wife, A. Gay Freeman Wapato, in establishing Native American gaming and fighting for the rights of tribes to build strong economies and determine their own destiny.
“The $30 billion industry that we protect was their dream,” said NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr.
National Indian Gaming Association was incorporated in 1985 as “an inter-tribal association of 184 federally recognized Indian Tribes united with the mission of protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty and the ability of Tribes to attain economic self-sufficiency through gaming and other forms of economic development.”