NIGA Workshops Will Focus on Internet Gaming


Every year, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) provides workshops at its convention to help attendees improve their respective gaming operations. These workshops offer discussion and interaction on some of the current topics that affect the industry as a whole. At this year’s gathering, which takes place April 1 to 4 in San Diego, attendees will, as usual, have a wide variety of workshops from which to choose.

“NIGA will host 144 hours of critically selected workshops,” Michael Woestehoff, Diné, Media & Communications Director for NIGA wrote in an e-mail to Indian Country Today Media Network. “The purpose of the workshops is to assure quality educational opportunities on Indian gaming and professional development.”

Of particular interest this year is the burgeoning field of Internet gaming. Two of the workshops devoted to this topic are “Preparing Tribal Regulators for Online Gaming—Certification” and “Internet Gaming on Indian Lands.” The former, which will be held on Monday, April 2 from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m., gives tribal gaming leaders some of the latest information to prepare for the arrival of Internet gaming. The latter will be held Tuesday, April 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. and will further explore some of the themes taken up in the Monday session. Specifically, there will be a focus on the important memorandum issued by the Justice Department regarding the application of the Wire Act to online gaming.

This year’s convention will have plenty to offer its attendees. But if Internet gaming is of special interest to you—and it almost certainly should be—then these are the workshops in which to participate.

Meanwhile, as hundreds take part in the workshops or browse the many booths, hundreds of others will be working on gaining certification during NIGA’s Commissioner Certification Level 1 training sessions. The three-level training is recognized as a standard in the Indian gaming industry; more than 1,500 have attended the course, which was created by regulators with years of hands-on experience in the industry. Sessions will be held on April 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“In its 13th year, this series is recognized as a standard in Indian gaming,” Woestehoff said. “One of the certification series is ‘Background Investigations and Licensing,’ where NIGA’s own certified trainers will arm commissioners with much information to help make critical business decisions in regard to new responsibilities to employees and vendors.”

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