NIGA Honors Leaders

16 April 2004

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – As reported by the Indian Country Today: "The National Indian Gaming Association kicked off its 13th Annual Convention and Trade Show by honoring American Indian leaders, recognizing the unprecedented economic growth in Indian country and promoting Native arts and music.

"'There is so much power and energy that comes with this conference,' said Ernie Stevens Jr., Oneida from Wisconsin and NIGA chairman, opening the general session April 5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

"Stevens presented the lifetime achievement award to Isleta Pueblo Gov. Alvino Lucero and recognized the economic development of New Mexico's Pueblo and Apache tribes.

"…This year's NIGA convention, 'Tribal Government Gaming: Good Business, Good Neighbors,' opened with a drum honor song and appreciation for Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's 22 years of service.

"…Campbell said Indian gaming has brought progress, but the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act has come at a price…"

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