The New Normal - A New Weekly Webcast Series with Victor Rocha
Presented by the National Indian Gaming Association
As we come out of this unprecedented shutdown of the $34 billion dollar tribal gaming industry, many questions are still left unanswered about the recovery. Victor Rocha, Editor of Pechanga.net and Conference Chairman for the National Indian Gaming Association, will discuss these unanswered questions and other important issues affecting tribal gaming in this new weekly webcast. Each week will cover a different topic with the leaders of the tribal and commercial gaming industries.
Schedule of Webcasts
Smoking & Casinos
Wednesday August 5, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Many Tribal casinos have reopened their doors to new practices and procedures. Among those new practices are omitting smoking inside gaming facilities. As other properties contemplate this monumental move - they need to know; how is this effecting the bottom line? Like many other businesses, there is fear around the financial consequence of going smoke-free. Join us as we discuss the business and economics of going smoke-free with Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot, and nonsmoking consultant Clinton Isham.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Rodney Butler, Chairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; Clinton Isham, Consultant, Lac du Flambeau Band; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association
Sports Betting in Michigan: A Conversation with Bay Mills Chairman Bryan Newland
Wednesday July 29, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Sports betting is finally coming to Michigan. But unlike other states, the tribes in Michigan will have the opportunity for mobile sports betting. Chairman Bryan Newland of the Bay Mills Indian Community, recently signed a deal with the very successful sports betting company DraftKings. In this special interview, we’ll talk with Chairman Newland about this deal, his expectations for sports betting in Michigan, and what mobile gaming will bring to the bottom line. You can expect an open and honest discussion on the issues and opportunities of sports betting in Indian Country. Don’t miss it.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Bryan Newland, Chairman, Bay Mills Indian Community
A Discussion on the McGirt v. Oklahoma Decision with Jonodev Chaudhuri
Wednesday July 22, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
One week ago, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in the landmark case McGirt v. Oklahoma. Basically, the SCOTUS ruled that the Eastern part of Oklahoma is still the Creek Nation’s reservation. Many legal experts have proclaimed this to be the most significant legal decision in the last decade. But what exactly does that mean?
- What kind of clarity or disruption does this decision bring?
- Does it change the government-to-government relationship between the Creek Nation and Oklahoma?
- Will it have an effect on gaming in Oklahoma?
- Is it relevant to tribal land disputes in other states?
Join us for an illuminating conversation on this monumental decision with Jonodev Chaudhuri, Ambassador for the Creek Nation and former-Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jonodev Chaudhuri, Ambassador, Creek Nation; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association
The State of the Industry: A Conversation with Chairman Stevens
Wednesday July 15, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
The National Indian Gaming Association will continue “The New Normal” webinar series with an industry update from Chairman Ernest Stevens Jr. As a looming economy and pandemic remain at hand, Indian country continues its mission to care and provide for tribal communities. With COVID-19 spiking in regional areas of the country, which communities are most affected now and how are they handling the latest wave? A new era in gaming began as sports betting bills are being signed across the country. Could legalizing sports betting still be the new industry profiteer it was once thought of? What is the impact on Indian country now that Washington has announced they will officially change their football team name? Nationwide initiatives to vote my mail are impacting Indian Country, how can we assure native citizens are counted? Join us as we discuss these topics from a tribal Gaming industry view.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association
The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country
Wednesday July 8, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
As Indian Country slowly comes out of the worst financial and public health crisis in our lifetime, the damage to our tribal economies is just starting to come into focus. This week’s guests, Jason Giles, Executive Director of NIGA, James Klas and Matthew Robinson, Founders and Principals of KlasRobinson Q.E.D., will discuss KlasRobinson’s new report, Healing Tribal Economies. We will not only look at the damage inflicted on our businesses, but offer solutions in handling the crisis. An important webcast that shouldn't be missed.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Jim Klas, Founder & Principal, KlasRobinson Q.E.D; Matthew S. Robinson, Founder & Principal, KlasRobinson Q.E.D.
Staying Open: A Discussion On The Latest Health and Safety Guidelines for Indian Country
Wednesday July 1, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
As tribal casinos reopened in the last month, a few were forced to close again when employees tested positive for COVID-19. But after a financially cataclysmic three month shutdown, some tribes just can’t afford to close again. In this very special edition of The New Normal, we will speak with Jessica Atwell, an epidemiologist from John Hopkins University, about the latest health and safety guidelines for tribal gaming.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jessica Atwell, PhD MPH, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, John Hopkins School of Public Health; Center for American Indian Health; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association
Tribal Gaming and the New Normal Presents The Tribal Perspective: California’s Sports Wagering Constitutional Amendment (SCA-6)
Wednesday June 17, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
There’s a new constitutional amendment in play in California that would legalize sports betting and other forms of gambling. In this webcast, we will discuss the amendment from the tribal perspective. Who’s behind it? What do the tribes think? And more importantly, what are its chances of succeeding? Join us on Wednesday as we discuss the new normal in sports betting.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Mark Macarro, Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians; Jack Potter, Chairman, Redding Rancheria; James Siva, Chairman, California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA)
Tribal Gaming and the New Normal Presents The Business of Reopening
Wednesday June 10, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
As the shuttered casinos of Indian Country awaken, there are many opinions on what constitutes the new normal in health and safety in gaming. Our esteemed panel of tribal leaders know these answers better than anyone in the industry because they have either opened their casinos or are still waiting. Join us as we discuss what the new business of gaming looks like in the new normal.
Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Matthew Morgan, Chairman, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association; Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Greg Sarris, Chairman Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
Tribal Gaming and the New Normal
Wednesday June 3, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
In the inaugural webcast, Victor Rocha will speak with National Indian Gaming Association’s Chairman, Ernie Stevens, Jr. and Executive Director, Jason Giles. Together they will discuss the shutdown, the reopening, and the challenges facing Indian Country as we move forward out of the shutdown. As well as the political and financial ramifications for Indian Country.
Speakers: Victor Rocha; Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association.