For Immediate Release
Washington, DC, October 6, 2011 – The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC or Commission) announced today the selection of representatives to serve on a Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) to assist the Commission’s review of the Technical Standards and Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS). The Tribal Advisory Committee members include:
John Magee, Gaming Commissioner, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians
Kathi Hamel, Casino General Manager, Lytton Rancheria of California
Jason Ramos, Gaming Commission Chairman, Blue Lake Rancheria
Daniel K. McGhee, Gaming Commission Administrator, Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Brian Callaghan, Gaming Commission Executive Director, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Christina Thomas, Office of Gaming Regulation and Compliance Executive Director, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Steve Garvin, Gaming Commissioner, Ho-Chunk Nation
Jeff Wheatley, Director of Gaming, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Michele Stacona, Gaming Commission Executive Director, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Leo Cullo, General Manager of The Point Casino, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Mia M. Tahdooahnippah, Gaming Commission Compliance Director, Comanche Nation
Robin Lash, Gaming Commissioner, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Matthew Morgan, Gaming Commissioner, Chickasaw Nation
Thomas Wilson, Gaming Commission Executive Director, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Carleen Chino, Gaming Commissioner Executive Director, The Navajo Nation
“The Commission received 55 nominations from tribal governments. From those nominees we selected a diverse group of tribal government representatives whose combined expertise will assist the Commission as it continues to review the MICS and Technical Standards,” explained Chairwoman Tracie Stevens. She added, “This group of tribal representatives will assist the Commission so that the regulations continue to protect Indian gaming and ensure that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their operations.”
NIGC anticipates that the TAC will complete its work by March 31, 2012 and is committed to working diligently with the members of the TAC and others to complete a final rule in 2012.
For additional information or questions regarding the TAC, please contact Lael Echo-Hawk at (202) 632-7003 or Lael_Echo-Hawk@nigc.gov.
The NIGC is an independent regulatory agency established within the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.