July 2, 2018

Contact: Christine Eddington
christine@sdesigninc.com or (405) 517-3303

NOTE to Media: This is essentially a multi-day news conference. Everyone involved in Tribal Gaming will be in one place. This is a great place to get all of your questions about the recent Ball and Dice legislation, or any other gaming-related subject, answered. Media is welcome to attend any session or event, and interviews with Tribal Gaming leadership can be arranged.


Oklahoma City – The 23rd Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Trade Show and Conference will take place in Oklahoma City July 23-25, at the Cox Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

For three days, thousands of Tribal Gaming leaders, experts, company representatives and members of the media will gather in Oklahoma City to do business, attend informational sessions and network with others in the Tribal Gaming industry in Oklahoma, the region and the nation.

“I have had the privilege of being a part of OIGA for many years,” said David J. Qualls, OIGA chairman, “I am incredibly proud of what our industry has done for the state of Oklahoma, and we have a bright future ahead of us. We will welcome people from all over the world to Oklahoma City for our Conference and Trade Show and we are excited for them to experience Oklahoma’s famous hospitality.”

July 23, begins with a golf tournament to benefit the John Marley Scholarship Foundation. OIGA established the John Marley Scholarship Foundation in 2008 to provide educational opportunities for OIGA member employees and their families. The John Marley Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the search for knowledge and the provision of scholarships for eligible individuals in order 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 OIGA.

Conference sessions led by industry experts begin Tuesday morning. Session topics include: Let’s Start With Sports Betting 101; Ball and Dice – What you Need to Know!; Alcohol Compliance – What is Coming Down the Road…SOON!; History of Gaming in Oklahoma; In the Era of #MeToo Movement; Situational Awareness and many more. See the full schedule here.

The annual Awards Luncheon will be held at from 12:30 to 1:30PM, during which time Mayor Holt will welcome the group, and the Chairman’s and Modern Day Warrior awards will be presented. John Marley Scholarship recipients will also be announced and introduced.

At 1:30PM, the Trade Show Floor will officially open with a grand procession down the wide hallways to its entrance. Lion dancers from Oklahoma City’s Asian community will lead the crowd into the exhibit hall, and will dance their way through all of the aisles, offering blessings for prosperity. The rest of Tuesday afternoon will be filled with more conference sessions and will culminate with a reception on the Trade Show floor.

For the second year, a section of the Trade Show will be dedicated to Made in Oklahoma Coalition membership. Other vendors come from Oklahoma, around the nation and the world, and represent every facet of the casino and hospitality industries.

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), established in 1986, is a non-profit organization of Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around Oklahoma. The common commitment and purpose of OIGA is to advance the welfare of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically.