Tribal Gaming: Politics in Indian Country

ICE 365 Tribal gaming: Politics in Indian Country

This webinar, which went out live on 13 April, takes a closer look at the key themes and trends shaping up the present and the future of tribal gaming.  

The discussion is led by Victor Rocha of Pechanga.net, and features a panel comprising some of the leading names in tribal gaming:  

  • James Siva, Vice Chairman, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Chairperson, California Nations Indian Gaming Association,
  • Rodney Butler, Chairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,
  • Matthew Morgan, Chairman, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Director of Gaming Affairs, Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce,
  • Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman, Jamul Indian Village

In this webinar, the panel discusses…

  • How the political and regulatory priorities have evolved in Indian country and how the arrival of the new administration changed the conversation and relationship  
  • Ensuring that gaming continues to be the means of cultural preservation (listen to one California tribe fight for 6 acres to be added to their reservation to expand housing and facilities as gaming now takes most of its reservation’s space) 
  • The desire to protect sovereignty – not just the right to preserve, but the right to make own choices by the tribes, against the backdrop of efforts to corrode tribal sovereignty  
  • Possibility of pushing the vote on sports wagering in California from 2022 to 2021 
  • How state-tribal relationship are evolving and differ across the states, with examples of Connecticut, California and Oklahoma, as represented by the expert panel 
  • What to expect in the key tribal states in 2021 and beyond with the drive towards sports betting and digital and as the result of states that have already launched 
  • Views on mobile and its impact on sovereignty  
  • Reluctance to modify IGRA