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NIGC Announces MOU with Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming

Mavis Harris May 2, 2019

The National Indian Gaming Commission finalized a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming in the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University. The term of the MOU is for three years.

“It is my pleasure to announce the MOU between the NIGC and the Sycuan Institute,” said NIGC Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri. “NIGC seeks to collaborate on data collection, development, and analysis with the Sycuan Institute, who is known for producing research that emphasizes tribal government gaming.”

A long term goal under the MOU is to create a data collection process within the NIGC that can continue to measure such topics as how NIGC approaches compliance, how tribal gaming regulation might be placed into the larger perspective of federal case law and self-determination, and how to demonstrate the economic impact of tribal gaming on communities.

“This MOU represents two of the three pillars of the Sycuan Institute’s vision: to produce academic research related to tribal government gaming and to engage in public policy work related to tribal casino operations and regulation,” said Dr. Katherine Spilde, Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute. “The Sycuan Institute looks forward to working with the NIGC to produce new research products that highlight the unique history, purpose, framework, and outcomes of tribal government-owned gaming.”

“I am happy the Commission and Sycuan Institute have entered into this collaboration. I firmly believe that data is an important part of telling the story of tribal gaming and informing our regulatory policy,” said NIGC Vice-Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause.

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