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California Nations Indian Gaming Association elects new chairman and treasurer

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Nations Indian Gaming Association, the largest tribal gaming association in the state, recently announced the election of Daniel J. Tucker to the position of chairman and Steve Stallings to the position of treasurer.

Leon Benner of Redding Rancheria was re-elected eastern representative and Cody Martinez, treasurer of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, was elected as southern representative.

Tucker, who is also the chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, previously served as chairman of CNIGA between 1995 and 2001. He was at the helm during the organization’s formative years and led it through many of tribal gaming’s most significant milestones in California including the Proposition 5 and 1A campaigns and the original round of compacting with the state in 1999 in which 61 tribes signed agreements.

“I am honored to again serve as the chairman of CNIGA,” Tucker said. “I look forward to working with all tribes in California to help safeguard the sovereign right of tribes to conduct gaming on our lands.

“I would also like to acknowledge the good work done by Anthony Miranda during his six-year term as chairman of the organization. Miranda’s hard work and dedication steered the organization through a significant developmental phase and helped create prosperity throughout Indian country.”

During Tucker’s tenure as Sycuan’s chairman, the tribe has developed the Sycuan resort into a leading destination, attracting visitors throughout the country. This success has allowed Sycuan [www /] to diversify its tribal economy as well as its social and educational programs. The tribe is also well-known in the San Diego area for its multiple charitable programs.

Stallings, a tribal council member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, [rinconmembers .net /] brings a wealth of experience to the CNIGA treasurer’s position. He is currently the senior vice president and director of the Native American Banking Services group for Wells Fargo.

“I am honored to have been elected the CNIGA treasurer,” Stallings said. “I intend to use my experience in the financial services sector to help strengthen the organization.”

Stallings replaces Dennis Hendricks of Tuolumne who did not seek re-election.

Tucker and Stallings were elected to two-year terms.

Founded in 1988, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association is a nonprofit comprised of federally recognized tribal governments dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty and the right of tribes to conduct gaming on their lands. Tribal government gaming operations currently employ more than 58,000 Californians.