Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mashantucket's Dan Little Takes Seat On National Indian Gaming Commission

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Mashantucket Pequot tribal member Daniel J. Little begins his three-year term on the National Indian Gaming Commission today. Little was formerly the Tribe's government affairs manager.

Little said in a press release, "I’m looking forward to contributing to the team at the NIGC in protecting tribal interests and assets. The Indian gaming industry has played a key role in revitalizing tribal economies over the past several decades, and consistent oversight is the bedrock in implementing the Commission’s statutory responsibilities and securing industry compliance with IGRA."

The NIGC’s primary mission is to regulate gaming activities on Indian lands for the purpose of shielding Indian tribes from organized crime and other corrupting influences, to ensure that Indian tribes are the primary beneficiaries of gaming revenue and to assure that gaming is conducted fairly and honestly by both operators and players.

The three-member board is comprised of associate commissioner Little, acting chairman George Skibine and vice chairwoman Steffani Cochran.

The Mohegan Tribe's first chief of staff, Tom Acevedo, was a NIGC commissioner prior to working for the Mohegan Tribe. Acevedo no longer works for the Mohegans.