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Judy Ferreira appointed Deputy Director Arizona Indian Gaming Association

29 March 2013

PHOENIX, Arizona -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) announces that Judy Ferreira has accepted the position of Deputy Director of AIGA. Ferreira was selected by tribal leaders during an extensive search that attracted dozens of outstanding candidates.

"I am extremely pleased to be joining this organization where I can focus my professional expertise in journalism, marketing, administration and gaming to promote this organization and Tribes," said Ferreira. "I am very familiar with AIGA and look forward to getting involved in its issues and activities. This organization is working effectively to improve the quality of life for Native people, which is extremely important to me."

Most recently Ferreira was Executive Assistant to Terry Rambler, Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Vice Chairman of AIGA where she was assigned to cover areas of Gaming, Public Safety, Health Care Project, Education, Telecommunications, and Housing and Economic Development. She holds a B.S. in Journalism & Mass Communications and a B.S. in Geography from Kansas State University. From 2006 to 2010, Ferreira served as marketing director and assistant marketing director for Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos. Previously she worked in public relations for her Tribe and was community relations coordinator for the San Carlos Unified School District.

Ferreira is a member of the Board of Directors for Apache Gold Resort Enterprise and has served on Seven Mile Wash Enterprise Board, the San Carlos Natural Resource Conservation District, San Carlos Tourism Alliance and the San Carlos Tribal Farm board. She and her husband, Benny Ferreira, have a son and a daughter.

In her new position Ferreira will work closely with AIGA Executive Director Valerie Spicer and assist Spicer in coordinating the communications outreach for the Association and working with her to develop the Associate Member program, among other responsibilities. Said Spicer, "Our focus for 2013 is outreach and education and the assets Judy brings to the Association will strengthen these initiatives and much more."

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has a membership of 17 tribes representing more than 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. AIGA was established November 21, 1994 by Arizona tribal leaders. The Association is committed to advancing the lives of Indian peoples – economically, socially and politically – so that Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance. Current membership includes: Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave, Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Zuni Tribe.

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