Representatives from 184 tribal homelands and gaming industry executives behind casinos across Indian nations will convene in San Diego April 10-13 for the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention.
The event at the San Diego Convention Center enters its 32nd year as the largest Indian gaming tradeshow as it gathers together tribal leaders and casino executives from all over the country. In addition to the educational and networking experience, the NIGA event serves as “an occasion for cultural celebration of success, strength and self-reliance,” according to organizers.
Educational programs will include casino operations, human resources and management, leadership and development, i-gaming and fantasy sports, information technology, security and surveillance, legislative/policy, marketing, National Indian Gaming Commission regulation and compliance, Tribal Gaming Protection Network (TGPN), women in tribal gaming, enterprise development, cannabis policy and finance.
The most significant event at NIGA’s Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention is the Wendell Chino Awards Banquet, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at San Diego Convention Center. The banquet honors the legacy of longtime president Wendell Chino of the Mescalero Apache Nation. President Wendell Chino spent his life protecting tribal sovereignty and advancing Indian self-governance. At the banquet, NIGA will honor an individual who upholds his legacy by awarding him or her the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award.