October 27, 2020 — Rebuilding the tribal casino industry could take years, but Native Americans can accomplish that while also seizing a “sacred opportunity” to lead on broader issues, members of Global Gaming Expo panel said today.
“There’s an unimaginable future that’s about to emerge in the wake of COVID-19,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, formed in 1944 to protect sovereign rights.
“When we look at new and emerging opportunities, we have to look beyond our states,” she said. “The recalibration of the global economy is going to happen with public-private partnerships, with a global strategy.”
She spoke during a Global Gaming Expo virtual panel discussion titled “Tribal Gaming and the Pandemic Recovery: What Does the Future Hold?” Chris James, president and CEO of the nonprofit National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and Ernest Stevens Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, also were on the panel. NIGA conference chair Victor Rocha moderated. James’s group, the country’s largest Indian-specific business organization, helps tribal and individual businesses by providing training, resource, and advocacy programs.
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