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Tribal Regulators Meet at Conference

12 November 2003

SACRAMENTO, California – (Press Release) -- Tribal, state and national regulators charged with overseeing the conduct of tribal government gaming in California will converge in Sacramento Thursday and Friday for the California Tribal Gaming Regulatory Summit. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. Tribal gaming commissioners with the primary responsibility for regulating California's 54 tribal government casinos will be attending the conference. Top officials with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the California Gambling Control Commission and the California Division of Gambling Control also will participate in the two-day summit.

"There are several layers of regulatory agencies involved in the conduct of tribal government gaming in California and throughout the country," says Michael Lombardi, gaming commissioner for the Augustine Band of Mission Indians and a summit conference coordinator. "As a result, there is occasionally confusion over where jurisdictional boundaries begin and end. The purpose of this summit is to bring regulators together for the purpose of developing some clarity to the process."

Commissioners with most of California's largest gaming tribes will participate in panel discussions. Some of the most prominent regulators from throughout the country also will be attending the event. Participants in the summit include: Frank Ducheneaux, former legal counsel to the U.S. House Interior & Insular Affairs Committee and a principal author of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; Phil Hogen, chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission; Michael Palmer, chairman, California Gambling Control Commission; Robert Lydal, acting director, California Division of Gambling Control; and Robert Faiss, chairman, Gaming Law Department, Lionel Sawyer & Collins.

The summit is being sponsored by California tribal governments. The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is coordinating the activities. Tribal, state and federal gaming regulators, attorneys, gaming industry executives and members of the press and others are urged to attend. Persons may register on site and there is no registration fee. Space is limited, however, and persons interested in attending should contact CNIGA offices at 916-448-8706.

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