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Peter Mead, a Long-time Supporter of Indian Gaming Dies

Peter Mead, the founder of Casino Enterprise Management magazine has died. He was 54.
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Peter Mead, the founder of Casino Enterprise Management magazine has died. He was 54.

Mead, a veteran in the publishing industry, died unexpectedly at his home June 24 in Las Vegas, according to an obituary from the funeral home.

"Peter was a great friend,” Ernie Stevens, Jr., NIGA chairman said in a release. “He was eager to educate all [in] aspects of the gaming industry, including Indian gaming. Peter always made sure that the world saw Indian gaming through the eyes of Casino Enterprise Management Magazine."

Mead started a publishing company in 2002 while living in Fargo, ND, and eventually turned it to a focus on gaming. He also sponsored training seminars and online lectures, such as the Great Women of Gaming conference, and the CasinoFest series of operations based training and education conferences.

A passionate supporter of Indian gaming, in an article from his magazine, Mead wrote about California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians,and how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case – that California’s gaming laws could not apply to reservation gaming – lead to a breakthrough, and continued push for the preservation of sovereignty, in Indian gaming. He said:

"There are many great men and women whose leadership and determination have fought hard to preserve and have helped usher the way for Indian gaming since its inception. One such leader was the late Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Chairman Richard Milanovich. He was a great man who was equally committed to preserving Indian culture and tradition, as well as applying his leadership in today’s world of politics, business and economic development. Milanovich died in March after a long and courageous battle with cancer. His legacy and good deeds as chairman of Agua Caliente will live on and act as an example for the tribal government leaders of today and tomorrow. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and others who were touched by this great man’s good works."

The NIGA relayed similar sentiments regarding Mead’s legacy in a statement June 30. “Mead was avid about the gaming industry and delivered the most compressive and pertinent information on the pages of Casino Enterprise Magazine. World-class casino management and operational facets of the casino industry were passions of Mead. He ensured that readers received relevant information and stayed abreast of industry trends. Whether it was the first-hand reporting on leaders in the worldwide gaming industry or the numerous prestigious awards, Mead was the one making sure all the pieces came together.”

“The invaluable contributions Mead made to the gaming industry have not gone unnoticed. His legacy will live on and not be forgotten.”