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Moving On Up: This Week’s Promotions, Hirings and Transitions in the Business/Gaming World


This week, Indian Country Today Media Network has compiled a list of business executives, managers, attorneys, board members, medical professionals, and others making big moves in, and out of Indian country:

Wendell Long

The Little River Casino Resort announced that Wendell Long, Choctaw, the casino’s general manager, will leave the resort at the end of April. Long fostered an unprecedented era of planning and growth for the enterprise.

During his tenure, the resort saw a dramatic increase in both financial performance and guest satisfaction, with both reaching record levels in Michigan’s competitive tribal gaming market, a press release said. Long will assume a new position as CEO of Snoqualmie Casino Resort near Seattle, Washington. He is a proud enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Angela O'Byrne

FireKeepers Casino Hotel announced that Angela O'Byrne was recently selected as one of the Women Builders Council Outstanding Women of 2015. O’Byrne was a key architect on the team that designed FireKeepers Casino in 2009.

In 2014, Angela was named Runner Up Woman in Business Award from Small Business Association Louisiana, and in 2013, her design firm, Perez, was named the SBA Louisiana District Women-Owned Business of the Year, a news release said.

“I think that architects are in a unique position to influence the built environment for the better, especially as communities evolve,” O’Bryne said in a news release, “My hopes and dreams are that architects will lead the world in achieving net-zero, carbon neutral status for all of our communities; addressing climate change, energy needs, and making our communities more sustainable and resilient, more disaster-proof and recession-proof.”

RELATED:Native Woman Named VP of Food & Beverage at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Courtesy Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pam Toscano

Pechanga Resort & Casino, California’s largest resort/casino, has promoted Pam Toscano to the role of vice president of food & beverage. ICTMN reported that Pam Toscano, a former hairdresser, is the first woman and first Native to head up food and beverage at Pechanga in the 20 years the resort and casino has been in business. She is a member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.

Pamela Silas

The National American Indian Housing Council has selected Pamala Silas to serve as their executive director. She will play a key role in NAIHC's efforts to support the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act.

Silas previously served as executive director of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and the Metropolitan Tenants Organization in Chicago. She also operated her own business called Authentic Management & Consulting, and from 2004 to 2012, she was CEO of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society.

Silas is an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin.