Tribal gaming and its positive impact on the US economy will be at the forefront of the proceedings at the forthcoming National Council of Gaming States Legislators (NCLGS) Winter Meeting.
The company said in advance of the event: “With Indian gaming operating in 29 states nationwide, the agreements negotiated between tribes and state governments can have lasting economic, fiscal and social impacts on the tribe, the local area, and the state.
“The process of making and renegotiating these tribal-state compacts will be a focal point at the Winter Meeting of NCLGS, January 10-12 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.”
Florida Senator Perry Thurston, an officer of the NCLGS who chairs the Committee on Indian Gaming, commented: “Indian gaming is best positioned to achieve important goals for communities when legislators and tribal leaders work together in forged partnerships. That is what we learned in Florida and other states, and that is what we are striving for at NCLGS.”
Already a national $34bn market, including more than $9bn in California, sports betting and igaming developments will lift the tribal gaming industry to new economic heights, putting renewed focus on tribal-state compacts.
The NCLGS Indian Gaming Committee will study the compacting process, the key elements to be addressed, and what impacts can be anticipated among the host tribes and stakeholders.
The Committee will hear from the following experts: Susan Jensen, Executive Director, California Nations Indian Gaming Association; Cody Martinez, Chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation; and Dr Katherine Spilde, Professor, L Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, San Diego State University.
In addition, an International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) masterclass panel will concentrate on tribal-state gaming compacts’ legal and regulatory patterns.