2019 NIGA Mid-Year


Election 2020: The Year That Mattered 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Working Together: Lessons From Connecticut 

As the tribal gaming market in Connecticut has matured, so has the government-to-government relationships with the tribes. Once adversarial, this relationship is now an acclaimed partnership worthy of imitation. In this session, we will discuss the pathways to success, and the challenges of facing a highly competitive gaming market together. 

Moderator: Victor Rocha, President, Victor Strategies
'Thayne Hutchins, Jr., Treasurer, Mohegan Tribe
Rodney Butler, Chairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation 
Cathy Osten, State Senator, Connecticut 

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Election 2020: The Politics of Gaming 

The importance of the 2020 Election for tribal gaming cannot be understated. While sports betting or some form of gambling is being discussed in almost every state legislature, the issues of exclusivity, off-reservation betting, and revenue sharing are back in the spotlight. Our panel of experts will discuss these issues and other important races that affecting Indian Country in 2020. 

Moderator: Steve Bodmer, General Counsel, Pechanga Tribal Government
Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association 
Tom Brierton, Owner, Franklin Creek Consulting 

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
New Leadership at National Indian Gaming Commission:
An Interview with Commissioner Simermeyer and Commissioner Isom-Clause

The recent nomination of E. Sequoyah Simermeyer for the Chair of NIGC was a welcomed gesture from the Trump Administration. With Commissioner Simermeyer's confirmation almost certain, what should we expect from new leadership? Is this continuity or the beginning of radical change? These questions and more will be discussed during this session. 

Moderator: Elizabeth Homer, Principal, Homer Law 
Kathryn Isom- Clause, Vice Chair, National Indian Gaming Commission 
Michael Hoenig,, General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission 

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
ANALYSIS: The Rapid Expansion of Sports Betting  

The explosive growth of sports betting since the repeal of PASPA has been nothing short of amazing. With sports betting currently operational in 10 States in less than a year, everyone's predictions were blown out of the water. This session is a recap of the recent events in sports betting since our last conference. 

Moderator: Loretta Tuell, Principal, Tuell Law 
Gene Johnson, Executive Vice President, Victor Strategies
Chris Krafcik, Managing Director, Political & Regulatory Markets, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming 
Matt Morgan, Chairman, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
Sara Slane, Founder, Slane Advisory 




Thursday, September 19, 2019

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Election 2020: The Races That Matter 
Congressional, Gubernatorial, and the Importance of Redistricting 

While President Trump's reelection campaign is getting all the headlines, there are other important races in the election cycle that will have a major impact on Indian Country. We'll take a deep dive into the 2020 election and all the major political races with our panel of experts. 

Moderator: Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association 
Holly Cook Macarro, Partner, Spirit Rock, LLC 
Kevin Allis, CEO, National Congress of American Indians 
Rion J. Ramirez, General Counsel, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation 

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Responsible Gaming: It's Everyone's Responsibility 

Acceptance of gaming is at an all-time high and engagement with the industry is growing as new customers participate in sports betting. The spotlight on our industry makes it even more important that responsibility remains at the center of our business. As part of Responsible Gaming Education Week, NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. and AGA CEO Bill Miller will sit down for a candid conversation on responsibility.

Moderator: David Bean, Chairman, Puyallup Tribe
Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association
Bill Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Gaming Association 



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