The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced it will hold a series of tribal consultation sessions across Indian Country in January and February. The NIGC reportedly holds consultation sessions as part of its commitment to fulfilling its regulatory responsibilities outlined in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) but to also have a meaningful and open dialogue with tribal nations.

The commission believes that consolations held over the last year have played a vital role in the advancement of these core initiatives. Therefore, would like to continue discussions around key topic areas. The consultations will focus on:

  • Proposed changes to management contract process;
  • Audit submissions; and
  • Management and sole proprietary definition.

For the 2018 consultation topics the NIGC would like to consult at the following times and locations:

January 23rd, tribal location TBD (Plains location)
January 25th, Doubletree by Hilton, Portland, Ore.
January 29th, Apache Casino Hotel, Lawton, Okla.
February 8th, Harrahs Southern California, Valley Center, Calif.
February 15th, NIGC Headquarters office, Washington, DC (in-person and telephonic)
February 21st, Location TBD, Milwaukee, Wis.

IGRA provides the statutory framework to promote tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments. Consultations establish regular and meaningful collaboration with tribal officials in the development of federal policies that aim to reach the mission outlined in IGRA.

"Tribal consultations are more than a mandate outlined in IGRA. Consultations allow for us here at the NIGC to continue our daily operations in a matter that ensures Tribes continue to be the primary beneficiaries of their operations," said Chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri.

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