Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 2020 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention is now open. The Conference Program offers a comprehensive learning experience and the 2020 program will offer a special emphasis on sports betting and it's integration onto the casino floor. We are looking for the best topics that will help operations succeed in today's ever-changing gaming landscape! 

To submit your proposal, CLICK HERE


September 16, 2019: Call for Papers Opens
November 7, 2019 (EXTENDED Deadline): Call for Papers Closes
November 18 - December 6, 2019: Proposal Status Notifications (ongoing)
March 24 - 27, 2020: Dates of Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention


All proposals must be received electronically through the online submission process. Proposals submitted by any other means, including verbally or via email, will not be considered.

To submit, select the Call for Papers option from the left-hand side menu. When you first submit, you will be required to set up a Speaker Account, which you will use to submit, modify, or withdraw proposals. If you have submitted a proposal in the past, you can use the same Speaker ECode you used previously to access your account.
*Please Note: If you are submitting a proposal and are also exhibiting at the tradeshow, you will have a different speaker account from your exhibitor account. These accounts will have separate login portals and different ECodes.

The system will generate an automatic email to confirm receipt of your proposal. If after submitting your proposal, you do not receive this email, it is likely that your submission did not make it into the system. In this case, you are encouraged to contact Patricia Copela at 


The National Indian Gaming Association strives to provide substantive, relevant, and valuable training to conference attendees. Absolutely NO product or service promotion is permitted under the heading of a conference session. If you are looking for opportunities to promote your product or service, please contact Ed Gallo, Director of Sales, at or 203-521-2538.

Proposed educational content is evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to Indian Gaming, particularly regarding expanding tribal economic development opportunity and/or addressing future trends in the industry
  • Subject Matter Expertise
    In the case of multiple submissions on the same topic, preference will be given to whomsoever has the greater expertise; otherwise, the conference committee may request the proposals be combined into a single session.
  • Presentation Type
    We aim to provide a variety of presentation formats in order to allow for the greatest diversity of perspectives and to be as engaging as possible while being instructive to our attendees. Although single presenter sessions are welcome, greater favor is typically given to interactive workshop sessions and panel presentations that incorporate multiple perspectives and particularly the perspectives of tribal operators.
  • Membership
    Priority is given to submissions from NIGA Tribal Membership, NIGA Associate Membership, Tradeshow Exhibitors, and Event Sponsors.

In the interest of providing well-balanced and substantive training, we reserve the right to accept or deny proposals in part or full, as deemed necessary.


You will be able to select a preferred session format from the following options when you submit your proposal:

  • Panel Presentation
  • Presentation (Single Presenter)
  • Keynote Address
  • Interactive Workshop

Please note that although you may propose sessions as Keynote Addresses, these session formats will require an additional level of evaluation by the conference committee. If you select one of these options, please provide ample information for the selection committee to consider your proposal and reasons for your selected format.


You will be asked to indicate which tracks would be appropriate for your proposed session. You may select multiple tracks, if applicable.

Track options include:


  • Cannabis Policy
  • Casino Operations (food & beverage/hotel)
  • Emerging Gaming
  • Enterprise Development
  • Executive & Employee Training 
  • Finance
  • Gaming Technology (Class II) 
  • Legislative/Policy


  • Management & Development
  • Marketing
  • National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Regulation & Compliance
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Tribal Gaming Protection Network (TPGN)
  • Women in Tribal Gaming
  • Sports Betting 


Final tracks will be determined by the conference selection committee.