California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership

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The California Nations Indian Gaming Association held a farewell for some of its long-serving executive committee members and staff on Wednesday.

Among those departing a leadership position is Steve Stallings, a council member from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. He served two terms as chairman of CNIGA, the largest Indian gaming organization in California.

“I think the biggest thing was rebuilding CNIGA," Stallings told The Valley Roadrunner of his eight-year tenure at the organization. "We’ve increased members [from 29 to 36,] solidified the organization financially and instituted a number of initiatives. We are trying to concentrate on the regulatory scheme in California.”

CNIGA also gave thanks to Dennis Hendricks, from the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, who served as Treasurer, and Leon Benner, from the Redding Rancheria, who served as a regional representative. Mary Pontius, the staff business manager, departed as well.

It was a "night of love, laughter and tears as CNIGA bids farewell via retirement to three longtime and beloved executive committee members and staff," a post on social media read. The Rincon Band hosted the gathering.

CNIGA is getting ready for its 25th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference & Tradeshow. It takes place February 10-13, 2020, at the Sycuan Casino Resort, Rincon’s Steve Stallings ends presidency of CNIGA (The Valley Roadrunner December 5, 2019)