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NIGA Tradeshow to Cover Digital Forensics, Common Mistakes and Persistence to Success

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Officials from the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi will present at three sessions of the National Indian Gaming Association’s Tradeshow and Convention, May 12-13, in San Diego.

Erik Reed, the Band's chief information technology officer, will explain “The Importance of Computer Forensics in Tribal County,” which will emphasize the need for tribes and organizations to implement digital forensics in their practices. With more than 15 years of experience in information fechnology, Reed, who has conducted numerous digital forensic investigations for local law enforcement agencies and organizations, has seen firsthand the value of using a digital approach as part of many investigations. "It's critical that organizations understand the digital footprint that each action on a computer or electronic device leaves, along with what information may be leaving their company. It's also important that organizations follow the proper procedures to handle and analyze the evidence in the event a case ends up in a court of law.”

The Band's Gaming Commission Chair Brad Simmons will present “Common Mistakes in Today’s Gaming Commissions.” Simmons will explain how keeping up with technology and changing regulations has caused some gaming commissions to committee errors. The session will detail some of those mistakes and will also provide some tips about steps gaming commissions can take to avoid those pitfalls. Simmons points out how vital it is that gaming commissions stay abreast of changing technology. “Not keeping up on emerging technology could either lead to greater vulnerability or can impede Tribal growth.”

Dorie Rios, the tribe's Tribal Council Secretary, and Kathy George, hotel general manager of FireKeepers Casino Hotel will collaborate with representatives from Full House Resorts and Thalden Boyd Emery Architects to present “Persistence to Success,” detailing the development of FireKeepers Casino Hotel, which is owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. Presenters will be focusing on how the Band went from being an unwelcome entrant to the local business community to becoming an integral member and contributor to the local community.

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Rios feels that the Band's story may help other Tribes visualize themselves taking some of the same steps. "It is important for Tribes like the Band who have successfully navigated the complex path of developing enterprises that provide a stream of revenue to share their experience with other Tribal Nations as we work together toward the goal of all Tribes achieving self-sufficiency."