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Federal, Tribal Leaders Converge in Seattle for Indian Gaming Summit

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Federal and Tribal leaders converged today in Seattle, Washington for the 10th Annual Gaming Law Summit, December 13-14, to discuss the various emerging legal, regulatory, political and economic developments impacting the Indian gaming industry.

The summit is a veritable “who’s who” event for the Pacific Northwest and national gaming industry.

Federal representatives attending the summit are: Kevin Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and Interior assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, and Lawrence Roberts, Interior deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.

Among the important influencers in the Indian gaming industry at the summit are: Tracie Stevens, chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission; Ernie Stevens, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association; Ron Allen, chairman of the Washington Indian Gaming Association; Phil Harju, vice chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Council; Glen Gobin, secretary of the Tulalip Tribe Board of Directors; and Norm DesRosiers, San Manuel gaming commissioner.

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The summit commenced with opening remarks by Gabriel Galanda, an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC in Seattle. Key topics to be addressed at the summit are Internet gaming in Indian country, fee-to-trust transactions for gaming development, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Patchak decision, and commercial financing trends in Indian gaming amidst the Great Recession.

View the full agenda here.