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Females execs blazing trails in tribal casinos

5 May 2008

ARIZONA -- As reported by the Arizona Republic: "What kind of job can a woman find at a casino? The one Trudy Clark found is 'boss.'

"Clark, 39, is the first woman and first member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation to become general manager of the Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, Ariz. She also is one of only a handful of American Indian women at the highest level of casino management nationally.

"...'I see my job as head of a long-term economic-development project,' said Clark, who in July was promoted from internal audit director for Cliff Castle.

"...Casinos are one avenue to allow students to become leaders in their communities, said Octaviana Trujillo, chairwoman of Northern Arizona University's Applied Indigenous Studies Department.

"...Gambling-industry observers estimate that 25 percent of tribal casino managers are female, although exact numbers are hard to come by. The National Indian Gaming Association, for instance, does not track whether women or men run member casinos.

"Tribal gambling operations proportionally have a greater number of female general managers than do their commercial counterparts, said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino Enterprise Management.

"Dianna Tarbell, general manager of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino near Hogansburg, N.Y., where 50 percent of the managers are female, said many women have the traits she looks for in a manager: openness to change and innovation..."

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