Last night, National Center President and CEO Gary Davis had the honor and pleasure of serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) Wendell Chino Humanitarian Awards Banquet. The banquet was a part of NIGA’s annual conference hosted in San Diego. The awards ceremony is named after a man who spent his life protecting tribal sovereignty and advancing Indian self-governance. This year’s honoree – W. “Ron” Allen, who is currently President of the Washington Indian Gaming Association – certainly deserved the award after a long career of advocating for Indian Country in various roles.

The National Center was certainly well represented at the event. In addition to President Davis, National Center Board Member Chairman Ernie Stevens was re-elected as Chairman of NIGA for the 8th Consecutive term. In addition, Paulette Jordan was elected Secretary of NIGA. Paulette was honored as a “40 under 40” Award recipient at last year’s RES Wisconsin. Moreover, National Center Chairman Derrick Watchman delivered a video message congratulating NIGA on its 30th anniversary. To top it off, John Echohawk, who also serves on the National Center’s Board, swore in both Chairman Stevens and Paulette Jordan into their positions.