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NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION PLANS MEASURES TO COUNTER OPPOSITION

NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION PLANS MEASURES TO COUNTER OPPOSITION
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Indian gaming leaders met in San Francisco today to plan a course of action to block efforts by opponents to eliminate gaming on Indian lands.
 Gaming concerns from Nevada, New Jersey and the horse and dog racing industry have vowed to lobby for modifications and heavy restriction of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The act provided the statutory basis for the conduct of gaming on Indian sovereign lands.
 Tribal leaders, at a two-day meeting of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, discussed issues that affect the growing gaming industry in Indian country. NIGA chairman Charles Keechi and tribal leaders called for unity and an aggressive campaign to counteract the distortions and misinformation that have been disseminated by opposition to Indian gaming. "It is so important to remember that we are fighting for more than our right to conduct gaming on our lands, we are fighting for survival, the survival of our tribes, our culture and our future," said Keechi.
 NIGA comprises 63 tribes and associates representing the full scope of gaming from Dingo halls to casinos. Indian gaming is the fastest growing segment of the gaming industry. Annual yearly revenues are projected at $5 billion.
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