2009-06-24 / Headlines

Oglala Lakota Nation and National Indian Gaming Association host Commissioner Certification Class

PINE RIDGE - Indian Gaming Commissioners from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and the Oglala Lakota Nation were recently certified.

(above) Several Indian gaming commissioners and gaming staff recently completed a Condensed Commissioner Certification course sponsored by the National Indian Gaming Association. The sessions were hosted at the Prairie Wind Casino by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Gaming Commission. Pictured (back row, L-R) are Floyd "Chilli" Wilcox, Marion One Star, Nghia Thanh, Susan Tayler, Teddy Chalepah, and Brandon Bear Heels. Pictured in the front row (L-R) are Melvin Young, Wilson "Buzi" Two Lance, Emily Bull Bear, Raquel Wilds, Vi Waln and Valerie Crazy Bull. (above) Several Indian gaming commissioners and gaming staff recently completed a Condensed Commissioner Certification course sponsored by the National Indian Gaming Association. The sessions were hosted at the Prairie Wind Casino by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Gaming Commission. Pictured (back row, L-R) are Floyd "Chilli" Wilcox, Marion One Star, Nghia Thanh, Susan Tayler, Teddy Chalepah, and Brandon Bear Heels. Pictured in the front row (L-R) are Melvin Young, Wilson "Buzi" Two Lance, Emily Bull Bear, Raquel Wilds, Vi Waln and Valerie Crazy Bull. Topics covered included: purpose and function of a gaming commission along with ethics and code of conduct. Roles and responsibilities of gaming commissions, tribal councils and casino managers were also outlined.

Commissioners also heard presentations on minimum internal control standards, fraud detection and prevention, and compliance/auditing. The Bank Secrecy Act(Title 31) and suspicious activity reporting were also covered.

The importance of background investigations and suitability determinations regarding the licensing of employees and vendors was also presented. Commissioners were also offered a course on the elements of a fair hearing and due process procedures. The training ended with an update on the latest news on the national scene regarding the regulation of Indian Gaming.

Presentors included Wilbur Red Tomahawk (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe), Rachel Louden (Finley & Cook), Henry Graffeo (API Services), Carleen Chino (Sky City Pueblo) and Danielle Her Many Horses (National Indian Gaming Association).

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