Sacramento, CA (February 15, 2023) — The largest regional tribal gaming association in the United States is getting bigger. The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has added five more tribes to its membership.
Joining CNIGA are the Alturas Indian Rancheria, Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians, the Colusa Rancheria, the Karuk Tribe and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The latter four tribes are former CNIGA members returning to the fold. With these additions, CNIGA membership now stands at 47 tribes, representing more than 40% of federally recognized tribes in the state. This number is up from 39 since 2019.
“We heartily welcome these tribal governments into this great organization and are honored to have them as members,” said CNIGA Chairman James Siva. “As each tribe is unique, more tribal members bring greater perspective for the whole organization. We look forward to their participation.”
CNIGA was founded in 1988 and is comprised solely of federally recognized tribal governments and associate members who are dedicated to the tribal government gaming industry. CNIGA is dedicated to the purpose of preserving and protecting Indian gaming on federally recognized Indian lands. It acts as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative, policy, legal and communications efforts on behalf of its members and serves as an industry forum for information and resources.