US – Indian Gaming Association to host largest gathering of tribal leadersBy Phil - 8 November 2022
The Indian Gaming Association, an intertribal national coalition of 254 federally recognized Tribal Nations dedicated to preserving tribal sovereignty and gaming, will be hosting the 2022 Mid-Year Conference in Arizona at the We-Po-Ka Casino from November 14 to 16.
The conference will feature panel and roundtable discussions and a golf tournament to kick off one of the largest gatherings of Tribal leaders and gaming experts in the country.
“We are thrilled to regroup at the Mid-Year Conference quickly after the election to ensure we are well positioned to protect tribal sovereignty with the forthcoming new Congress, local and state elected officials,” said Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. “This gathering will give us an opportunity to discuss the outcomes in California’s ballot measure on online sports betting, the first year of sports betting in Arizona, and current federal politics and policies impacting Indian Country.”
To kickoff the event, IGA will be hosting a golf tournament with celebrity guest John Daly on Monday, November 14 at 9 am. A limited number of Foursomes are still available and can be purchased here.
Panel highlights include remembering The Fort McDowell Casino Raid. The Federal agents arrived at the Fort McDowell Casino before sunrise with their guns and Mayflower moving vans. Before they could haul away the casino’s slot machines, they were surrounded by the concerned tribal citizens of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The rest of the story is history – the tribe that fought the feds and won. Join us as we look back at this monumental event in tribal gaming history with the people who were there.
There will also be a segment on sports betting in Arizona. It’s been a year since the launch of sports betting in Arizona. With almost 20 licenses spread among commercial gaming and tribal gaming enterprises, it brought a new era of competition. The big question everyone is asking is how are the tribes doing in Arizona? In this session, we’ll take a closer look at this question. We dig into the politics, policies and business of sports betting/online gaming in Arizona.
The conference will also see a deep dive into the outcomes of California propositions 26 & 27 and what’s next for sports betting in California from the tribal and industry stakeholders.