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National Indian Gaming Association commits to education on responsible gaming

26 July 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The 18th Annual Responsible Gaming Education Week is fast approaching, and the National Indian Gaming Association is joining forces with gaming leaders and partners to increase awareness about problem gambling and promote responsible gaming in Indian Country.

Established and spearheaded by the American Gaming Association (AGA), Responsible Gaming Education Week is held every year during the first week of August and serves as an opportunity for gaming companies and organizations to go a step further in educating employees and patrons on responsible gaming.

National Indian Gaming Association united with the American Gaming Association (AGA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), to continue to highlight the gaming industry's commitment and support to responsible gaming. Through this and as part of the gaming industries outreach and educational efforts additional activities and numerous local events are designed to educate individuals on effective, responsible gaming practices.

Working together, NIGA, AGA, and AGEM, have helped provide responsible gaming training for casino employees and research funding for treatment and prevention of gambling disorders, assisted in display and distribution of educational materials, and encouraged other industry leaders to join them in providing similar services to casino employees and patrons.

"While tribal government gaming has provided significant economic opportunity for our Indian communities; it remains the most successful economic gaming tool for many tribes; generating $32.3 billion dollars in total revenue for Indian Country.

"Our members believe effective, and responsible gaming programs are essential to the wellbeing of the communities where we operate, the millions of guests we welcome to tribal casinos each year, and our employees who are on the front lines of providing responsible gaming resources to our customers. We're proud of our continuous efforts to ensure a safe, fun environment for gaming customers. We look forward to working with our gaming partners in this endeavor," Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. said.

"The American Gaming Association is proud to lead the gaming industry's steadfast commitment to responsible gaming programs," said Geoff Freeman, President and CEO of the AGA. "Our member companies strive year-round to keep their employees trained on the most effective responsible gaming practices and to ensure that gaming patrons have easy access to responsible gaming resources and the help they need," said Freeman.

Marcus Prater, Executive Director of Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, also highlighted gaming equipment manufacturers' dedication to upholding responsible gaming standards in creating the games patrons enjoy. "Since AGEM's founding we have recognized the vital importance of responsible gaming programs and have supported organizations focused on advancing responsible gaming. Our manufacturers are focused on making sure consumers responsibly enjoy our products. Making the best equipment out there - with the highest integrity - is our number one priority."

The National Indian Gaming Association encourages its members to join in our efforts to increase awareness and education by commemorating Responsible Gaming Education Week in its gaming facilities and advancing responsible gaming year round.

For more information, please visit the National Center for Responsible Gaming website.

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