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Former senator honored as "Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year'

28 July 2008

FARGO, North Dakota -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Casino Enterprise Management magazine will recognize Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell as the "Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year." Campbell will be presented with this award Sept. 10 during CasinoFest7, held at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. National Indian Gaming Association Chairman and previous Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year award winner Ernie Stevens Jr. will preside over the ceremony.

A member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe and Council of 44 Chiefs, as well as a former Congressman from Colorado, Campbell has long been a tireless supporter of Native American sovereignty. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-1993 and the U.S. Senate from 1993-2005, and in 1997 became the first American Indian to chair the Indian Affairs Committee. His political career is marked with successes in protecting native lands and resources, and improving health, education and economies in Indian Country.

The second annual Indian Gaming Advocate of the Year Award, which honors an individual who has dedicated his or her life to the advancement of sovereign nations, peoples and gaming enterprises, joins Campbell's impressive record of military, political, civil, sports and artistic accomplishments.

Casino Enterprise Management magazine is an international trade journal serving the gaming industry. CasinoFest7 is part of the CasinoFest conference series dedicated to furthering the education of those men and women who work in all facets of the gaming industry through interactive lectures and hands-on training by the best and brightest professionals in the fields of casino management, marketing, slot operations and table games.

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