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NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Joins Discussion on Future of Gaming at Indian Country Online

PALA, CA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2015) - Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, will be a featured speaker on the iPolitics panel at the 3rd annual Indian Country Online on June 11, 2015, at Pala Casino Spa Resort. The panel focuses on the political realities and potential opportunities of online gaming for tribes, now and in the future.

Stevens is among several prominent gaming-industry speakers at Indian Country Online, underscoring the importance of the conference in both the Indian and online gaming industries.

As NIGA Chairman, Stevens represents the Indian gaming industry. In this role, he has worked to educate Congress, the media and the public about the positive impacts of Indian gaming on tribal and nearby communities. Stevens is also responsible for shaping policy initiatives that have the potential to impact the industry. He is currently beginning his eighth two-year term as the organization's leader, which is a position elected by the member tribes of NIGA.

"The National Indian Gaming Association's Internet Gaming Principles will continue to guide us as the Internet Gaming debate progresses," Stevens said. "The strength of our organization has always come from the unity of our Member Tribes and tribal leaders. These principles call for any Internet gaming legislation to acknowledge the inherent right of all federally recognized tribes, as governments not subject to taxation, to engage and regulate tribal Internet gaming."

The Indian Country Online Congress includes six expert panel discussions:

  • iPlayer - Who is the customer for casino, social and fantasy games on the Internet, and how valuable will they be to your tribal property?

  • iMobile - What trends are occurring in the way people access online wagering content, and how can tribal casinos integrate mobile into their gaming mix?

  • iSkill/iSocial - How should skill and social games become an important part of the online engagement strategy?

  • iFantasy - Do fantasy sports make sense for casinos, and what implications does this new online wagering industry have for Indian Country?

  • iStrategy - How can Indian Country utilize the Internet for more than just gaming and to ideate a multi-channel engagement strategy?

  • iPolitics - iGaming has generated much interest on both sides of the issue. What are the political realities and potential opportunities today?

Indian Country Online Congress attendees will include tribal gaming operators, suppliers, regulators, attorneys, analysts, and gaming experts from around the world. The event is jointly produced by Pechanga.net and Spectrum Gaming Group.

Early-bird registration rates are available through May 15. Full agenda and conference details are available at www.indiancountryonline.com. Please email kcarrison@spectrumgaming.com to be added to the mailing list for updates or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Indian Country Online is active via social media in the following outlets:

Twitter: @ICOCongress #ICOCongress

LinkedIn: http://goo.gl/0ZO6ma

Pechanga.net is the leading news source for gaming, Indian gaming, and Native news on the internet. Owned and operated by Victor Rocha, an enrolled member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the service has been disseminating the essential stories to Indian Country's decision-makers since 1998.

Spectrum Gaming Group is an independent, full-service global gaming research and professional services firm serving private- and public-sector clients on five continents, principally engaged in research, analysis, regulatory consulting and licensing due diligence. Spectrum produces several conferences, and together with Fantini Research and Management Science Associates, publishes SPECTRUMETRIX|Fantini, a comprehensive and dynamic suite of web-based reports.