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Mark Fox bids to head NIGA

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NEW TOWN, N.D. - Mark N. Fox, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota, has announced his bid to become the next chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.

Fox is serving his second term as a member of the tribal business council, having served as treasurer and vice chairman.

Fox is a 1993 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law with concentrations in Federal Indian Law and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Since that time he has been an advocate for tribal nations in the successful negotiation of compacts with the state of North Dakota in 1993 and last year. The compacts achieved in North Dakota set a precedent and served as a positive model for tribal-state gaming relations across the nation, Fox said.

As a leader among Great Plains tribes, he helped form the North Dakota and the Great Plain. Indian Gaming associations and served as the first chairman of both organizations.

Fox was elected twice as treasurer of the National Indian Gaming Association. Recently he received a NIGA award for Outstanding Regional Leadership for his effort. to protect tribal sovereignty and rights for tribal economic development. He was twice-elected chairman of the Intertribal Monitoring Association of Trust Funds (ITMA), an organization of more than 40 tribes across the nation. A familiar face in Washington, D.C., Fox testified before both House and Senate committees on behalf of tribes.

As a "relentless advocate for tribal sovereignty and inherent Indigenous rights," Fox said he believes he has the leadership experience and skills necessary to unite tribes to protect those interests.

He credits his family and the strength of the nation for his personal leadership development. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he learned valuable leadership skills and ability to deal with adversity and challenge.

Asked what he will bring to NIGA as chairman, he said, "strength to lead the effort toward streamlining the operations and existing resources of NIGA to make it a more effective organization and to unify tribes under the "non-negotiable" principle of sovereignty that will help us not only survive, but prosper as Indigenous nations for the next seven generations."