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MIGA CHAIR CALLS FOR SPECIAL TASK FORCE

 MIGA CHAIR CALLS FOR SPECIAL TASK FORCE
 ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The chairman of the


Minnesota Indian Gaming Commission (MIGA) today announced that he has asked state law enforcement officials to participate with representatives of the state's Indian gaming community on a special task force to assure close cooperation and communication between industry leaders and state and federal regulatory authorities.
 Myron Ellis, who also serves as District III representative on the Leech Lake Tribal Council, issued the invitation in testimony before the National Indian Gaming Commission at Fort Snelling. Letters have been sent to Gov. Arne Carlson, Attorney General Skip Humphrey and the office of the U.S. Attorney inviting their participation. Ellis said the Task Force concept reflects MIGA's strong commitment to assuring the integrity of Minnesota's Indian gaming industry.
 "We've worked hard to see that our gaming industry here in Minnesota is clean, secure and professionally managed. The Task Force will help us keep it that way by allowing for regular, ongoing discussion of problems, concerns and opportunities," he said.
 Ellis continued, "The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association is proud of the open and constructive working relationship we have established with Minnesota state government. Our intent is to build on the positive relationship already existing between state officials and Minnesota Indian leaders. With the formation of this Task Force, Minnesota will truly become a model for other tribal and state governments seeking ways to work together successfully."
 Along with representatives of state and federal law enforcement agencies, management staff from several of the state's Indian casinos have been asked to serve on the Task Force. MIGA represents the eleven Minnesota Indian tribes currently operating gaming programs.
 Although the Task Force will not have independent regulatory authority, Ellis believes it will be extremely important in setting the proper tone for future joint decisions about Indian gaming. "When the Task Force is successfully formed, it will greatly enhance our ability as a statewide community to ask questions, share information, voice concerns, and formulate effective, responsible public policy in the area of Indian gaming," he said. "Gaming is one of Minnesota's biggest growth industries; that's why it's so important to make policy decisions wisely, and with the full participation and cooperation of all the key players in the process. Our goal is to protect the public's interest."
 The National Indian Gaming Commission is conducting hearings at various sites nationwide to hear public and industry reaction to new proposed regulations. It is charged by Congress with the responsibility for promulgating the technical regulations governing Indian gaming in the U.S.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: National Indian Gaming Commission Hearing, 9 a.m., today, (Monday, Dec. 2), Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, Room 570, Fort Snelling./
 /CONTACT: Myron Ellis or John McCarthy of MIGA, 612-227-8711/ CO: Minnesota Indian Gaming Commission ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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