CNIGA Is Strengthening Its Position with the Inclusion of Three New Members

July 7, 2021 John Isaac

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has been grown rapidly and added three new members: Tejon Indian Tribe of California, Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Viejas Kumeyaay; a total of 41 members.

California Nations Indian Gaming Association Logo and Name The Sacramento-based organization announced in a press release that the new tribe is joining their rank first time, while the previous couple’s transition marks a reunion of sorts after their earlier departure. The company also described the augmented trio followed examples previously cited by American tribal game heavyweights such as the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, the Cahuilla Agua Caliente Band, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

“We are incredibly pleased and honored to bring more tribal governments into this great organization. Tribal governments need a strong and unified voice on gaming issues and the CNIGA provides a forum for tribal voices to be heard in the halls of power. Each tribe brings a unique perspective, therefore bringing greater knowledge to the whole,” – said CNIGA Chairman James Siwa.

More about CNIGA

CNIGA was established in 1988; it is known as one of the major tribal gambling associations in the US. Its goal is to maintain and secure Indian gambling on nationally recognized indigenous lands. It includes the Wilton Rancheria, the Berry Creek Rancheria of Tyme Maidu, and Tyme Madus Berry Creek Rancheria; it consists of “only nationally established tribal government and partners” committed to the tribal game business.

CNIGA that includes the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and Graton Rancheria, went on to say that it ‘acts as a legislative, political, judicial, and multilateral communication development agency’ and also acts as a business forum for knowledge and funds.

James Shiva of the Morongo Mission Indian group that operates the casino is the President of CNIGA Resort. He then revealed that the Cahuilla County Indian Agustina Band operates the tiny Augustine Casino and the Tejon Indian tribe hopes to start their new 600 M dollars casino in the center of the county.

About the SCA 6 Statement

They are encouraged that SCA 6 is pulling out of the lawmaking process. While they understand that the government was trying to generate more income at this time, this law was just an evil strategy. They unfairly recompense the commercial betting business for playing Nevada-style games in blatant infringement of US law. The law will also threaten traditional organizations by legalizing live betting, encouraging out-of-country businesses, and creating administrative challenges.

The iGaming market iGB utilized their statement on the issue to label CNIGA as opposing the expansion of the California betting business in past years, rather than the “exclusive right” of its members to place bets to preserve in the country. The website states that total gross breeding game revenue in the US grew 2.5% year-over-year in 2019 to a record 34.6 B dollars in assets in the California and Northern Nevada regions. Together they make up 4.3% and amount to $ 9.7 billion.

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