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

Sports Betting & Indian Country: An Interview with Jason Robins

Thursday September 30, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST 

Since the gaming industry came out of the COVID-19 lockdown, what was unthinkable a couple of years ago is now commonplace - professional sports leagues and media companies are getting into the sports betting business. Our very special guest, DraftKings CEO & Co-Founder Jason Robins, will help us decipher the next normal in sports betting, and more importantly, what it all means for tribal gaming. An important voice in an important industry. Don’t miss this special webcast of the National Indian Gaming Association’s The New Normal. 

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Robins, CEO & Co-Founder, Draft Kings, Inc.

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Tribal Gaming & LGBTQ: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Thursday September 24, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

Today’s workforce is increasingly diverse. Inclusive workplaces, supportive policies and safe environments lead to more productive employees, better morale and healthier organizations. Hear from tribal leaders and vendors embracing dignity, equality and inclusion in their workplace, creating a thriving environment for their employees.

In this session, we’ll explore: moving beyond anti-discrimination policies to everyday issues facing LGBTQ employees; ensuring a safe place; creating more inclusive and productive workplaces; changing the culture and addressing awareness; and best practices and appropriate policies.

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; Erica Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village

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What Happens in Las Vegas Didn't Stay in Las Vegas

Wednesday September 16, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

On this week’s program, we’ll take a closer look at Las Vegas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the controversial reopening, to the evolving health and safety requirements, Las Vegas' response has left many in the gaming industry scratching their heads and asking what happened? Las Vegas has been on the ropes before but is this time different? We’ll discuss these existential questions and more as we discuss the new normal in Las Vegas.

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Jeff Hwang, Gaming Analyst, Author; Richard Schuetz, CEO, Schuetz LLC.; Katherine Spilde, Endowed Chair, Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming 

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When Are Fine Dining and Restaurants Coming Back?

Wednesday September 9, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

To say the COVID-19 epidemic has done a number on the restaurant industry would be the understatement of the year. According to the National Restaurant Association, the “foodservice industry has lost $165B in revenue March-July and is on track to lose $240B this year.” In this week’s webcast, our special guests Elizabeth Blau and Carl Winston, will tell us about an industry under siege:

  • How bad has the restaurant industry been damaged?
  • What will the new normal look like?
  • Is the pain evenly distributed across the industry?
  • Will it have an affect on gaming?
  • Is there anything to be optimistic about?

These questions and more will be answered by our brilliant guests. Another compelling conversation you won’t want to miss on this week’s episode of The New Normal. 

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Elizabeth Blau, Restaurant Owner, Consultant & Entrepreneur; Carl Winston, Director, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University 

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Doing Business During A Pandemic

Wednesday September 2, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

As this challenging summer comes to end, we now have a better idea of the pandemic’s effect on the business of gaming. Our special guests, Kristi Jackson and Todd Eilers, have been astute observers of the industry for many years and will give us their insights on the rapidly changing landscape of business and commerce during COVID-19 pandemic. An important subject. A compelling conversation. Don’t miss this very special episode of The New Normal.

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Todd Eilers, Principal, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming; Kristi Jackson, President, TFA Capital Partners

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When Are The Concerts & Conferences Coming Back?

Wednesday August 26, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

With the gaming floor starting to feel normal again, the big events that draw the big crowds to the casinos - concerts, conferences, and special events - are still conspicuously missing. The devastating impact of the shutdown to these industries can’t be understated. We’re talking billions of dollars of lost revenue, and hundreds of thousands unemployed people. It’s a very big deal. On this week’s very special episode of The New Normal, we’ll talk with conference guru Brian Sullivan, talent buyer & entertainment consultant Kell Houston, and Aileen Babayan of the Choctaw Casinos about the state of special events at tribal casinos. 

  • What is a reasonable expectation for the return of live music?
  • Are large events even possible in the time of COVID-19?
  • How do you bring back crowds for special events?
  • What is working?
  • What is NIGA's plan for its postponed trade shows and conferences?

All Our special guests have spent a lot of time thinking about these important issues and more. An important conversation you shouldn't miss.

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Kell Houston, Houston Productions; Brian Sullivan, Clarion Events; Aileen Babayan, Director of Conference Services & Catering, Choctaw Casino Resort

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A World Without Sports

Wednesday August 19, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

In this special webcast, we’ll look at how the global pandemic is changing, perhaps irrevocably, the world of professional and college sports. Our special guests, former-NBA superstar A.C. Green, will give us insight into the current state of professional sports and what the future holds for this vital and essential industry. The always brilliant Kresimir Spajic of Hard Rock International will tell us about sports betting without sports.

  • What does the new normal look like for professional and college sports in the U.S.? operations in the COVID-19 environment look like across the country?
  • Will sports, as we knew it, ever return to normal?
  • How does the lack of sports affect the casino bottom line?
  • Was Russian table tennis or Belarusian soccer really a good substitute for baseball?

All these questions and more to be answered on this week's webcast.

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; A.C. Green, NBA Superstar, Entrepreneur; Kresimir Spajic, SVP & MD, Online Gaming and Sports Betting, Hard Rock International

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Casino Health & Safety Update: Lessons Learned from a Pandemic

Wednesday August 12, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST 

One When tribal casinos reopened after the shutdown, many touted strict health and safety guidelines that met or exceeded the CDC guidelines. Two months later, what lessons have we learned from running a casino during a pandemic?

  • What do operations in the COVID-19 environment look like across the country?
  • Which businesses are still suffering from interruption?
  • How prevalent is testing and tracing?
  • Are tribal casinos still converting to nonsmoking?

We asked our longtime friends and NIGA affiliates Eddie Ilko and Andrew Hofstetter to find out what’s currently happening in Indian Country. An informative conversation you shouldn’t miss.

Speakers: Victor Rocha, Moderator, Conference Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association; Eddie Ilko, Safety Manager, Sycuan Casino Resort, and Chairman National Indian Casino Safety and Security Association (NICSSA); Andrew Hofstetter, Tribal Government Affairs, BlueBird CPA’s 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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