Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Update

See You August 12-14 in OKC!

Springtime in Oklahoma is a beautiful season, and for the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), it’s also an extremely busy season. Planning for the 2024 OIGA Conference and Trade Show is well underway and we’re looking forward to being back in Oklahoma City, at the beautiful new Convention Center and our host hotel, the Omni OKC.

As I write, we’re preparing the forms for John Marley Scholarship applicants, and are excited that the process will be fully electronic starting this year. Look for the forms and deadline information to be live at OIGA.org soon.

Scholarship and Golf Tournament – How to Get Involved

The John Marley Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for Oklahoma tribal gaming industry employees and members of their families who meet certain minimum requirements, and who complete an application. Recipients are selected by the Oklahoma City Public Schools Native American Students Services Department.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for John Marley Golf Tournament registration information – it’s a much-loved event, and it fills up fast. Funds raised with the Tournament allow us to provide the many scholarships we are grateful to offer. Last year, seven were awarded. The Tournament is slated for the morning of Monday, August 12, at the city’s premier municipal golf course, Lincoln Park.

What to Expect at the Show – Networking, Sessions and More

That evening, our annual Welcome Party is back at Fassler Hall, in OKC’s high-energy Midtown District, and will feature food and drinks, lots of fun plus Poker and Blackjack tournaments. We’ll provide a shuttle for guests, or for those in the mood, it’s a pleasant walk from the conference hotel. If you’re looking for ways to get your company’s name out in front of our thousands of attendees, becoming an event sponsor is a terrific opportunity to do that in grand style.

Tuesday morning will be all about conference sessions, with educational offerings designed for people at every stage of their careers, from executive leadership to those who are just getting started. A great variety of session topics will focus on technology, the latest trends, what’s happening at the legislative level, marketing and much more.

We’ll open the Trade Show floor in time for a delicious, walk-around lunch buffet and plenty of networking. Later that afternoon, we’ll honor recipients of our Chairman’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Gaming and Modern Day Warrior Awards, at the stage on the Trade Show floor. That evening, we’ll enjoy a relaxed cocktail reception on the floor, which has proven to be a very popular way for people to get to know one another in a less formal way. Wednesday will be filled with more informative sessions, more fun on the Trade Show floor, and our famous cash giveaways!

Our show is unofficially known around the nation (and the world!) as the “Biggest Little Show in Indian Gaming,” and this is our 29th year. If you have yet to reserve your booth, time is of the essence and we’re happy to help you.

We hope you’ll find excellent value and lots of fun at the 2024 OIGA Conference and Trade Show. We’ve filled it with thousands of potential business partners, vendors, session leaders, new and old colleagues and of course lots of friends and family. We look forward to seeing you there!