• March 15, 2017 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on OIGA to Launch Employment Listing

    OIGA to Launch Employment Listing

    The OIGA website is a useful source of information for our membership, and we are always looking for ways to make it even better. One way we think we can do that is to add a new section to the site, Employment Listings. The Tribal Gaming industry in Oklahoma is large, complex and is constantly growing and changing. Employees of all kinds are needed statewide, and our goal is to make it easier for potential employees to connect with employers.

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  • March 15, 2017 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on Annual Conference & Trade Show

    Annual Conference & Trade Show

    OIGA will return to Oklahoma City July 23-25, 2018 for the Annual Conference & Trade Show. Planning is underway for a slate of timely, useful and informative sessions, legendary social events and an exciting trade show. Reserve your booth space soon, especially if you’ve got a particular spot in mind! For Trade Show inquiries and reservations, email Jennie Loucks at jennie@event1inc.net. If you’ve got an idea about a session topic you’d like to learn more about, email our Executive Director, Sheila Morago at sheila.morago@oiga.org.

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  • March 15, 2017 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on John Marley Scholarship Applications Are Now Open

    John Marley Scholarship Applications Are Now Open

    OIGA is now accepting applications for the 2017 John Marley Scholarship. The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association established the John Marley Scholarship Foundation in 2008, to provide educational opportunities for OIGA member employees and their families. A 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the search for knowledge, the John Marley Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for eligible individuals to attend accredited colleges, universities and trade schools in Oklahoma or other states. The Foundation is named for John Marley, a man instrumental in the development of the OIGA. A salesman by trade, Marley has preached the importance ...

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  • March 15, 2017 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on Congratulations and Thank You to OIGA Board Members

    Congratulations and Thank You to OIGA Board Members

    Christian Fenner, Choctaw Nation, has been re-elected to the position of OIGA Secretary/Treasurer, and will serve a three-year term. She has served on the OIGA Board for many years, beginning her service in the position of alternate delegate for the Choctaw Nation. Wes Pappan, delegate for Kaw Nation and Keith Enyart, delegate for Seneca Cayuga were each re-elected as members-at-large. Each will serve another one-year term. We are incredibly grateful for all of our hardworking, dedicated board members. When you see them, thank them. They are: Brian Foster, Chairman; David Qualls, Vice ...

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  • March 15, 2017 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on From the Chairman

    From the Chairman

    With the release of our second Statewide Economic Impact Report came a flurry of positive media coverage on our report and the far-reaching benefits that Tribal Government Gaming brings to our entire State, and as this report illustrates, rural areas in particular. The Report was released in January, and we held a news conference. I’m pleased to tell you that we were covered by television, radio and print media from around the state, including the Associated Press, KFOR Channel 4, The Oklahoman, Territory OKC, OETA Channel 13, and others. We’ve posted downloadable ...

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  • March 8, 2017 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on OIGA’s Sheila Morago in Indian Gaming Magazine

    OIGA’s Sheila Morago in Indian Gaming Magazine

    It’s a Big Small World: Tribes Must Not Become Lost in the Changing Global Landscape of Gaming Although in some ways the gaming industry is experiencing intense growth, in other ways it’s becoming smaller and smaller. The growth is easy to spot. Technological advances and innovation in gaming machinery happen almost daily. Tribal gaming is growing consistently, yet when we take a look at the gaming industry on a global scale, we see the number of gaming companies is shrinking worldwide, largely due to a tidal wave of ...

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  • June 3, 2015 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Announces 2015 John Marley Scholarship Recipients

    Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Announces 2015 John Marley Scholarship Recipients

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association proudly announces the six recipients of the 2015 John Marley Scholarship. The scholarship is a $2,000 award to the children of casino industry employees in Oklahoma given on a competitive basis of high scholarship.  The award can be applied to any part of their college costs. Applicants must be enrolled in Career Tech, community college, or a four-year college or university and students at any point in their education, not just freshmen, are eligible. “We received many outstanding applications this year ...

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  • May 20, 2015 Posted on Blog, Comments Off on Welcome to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association’s website!

    Welcome to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association’s website!

    As this story out of California reminds us, gaming helped bring many U.S. Indian Tribes out of poverty: Until the advent of tribal gaming, reservations on which glimmering casinos stand today were mired in poverty. San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena recalled how as late as the 1950s, the 800-acre reservation near Highland did not have electricity or running water. Before the first bingo hall opened in 1986, most houses were made of rock. Many roads were unpaved. The entire annual tribal budget some years was $300. Jobs were scarce. Here in Oklahoma, ...

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