Haskell Indian Nations University and iPathfinder, Inc. to co-host national Ligaz11 seminar “Reaching Opportunities of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act” in April

Indian gaming has experienced explosive growth since its inception in 1988, but there remains a severe need for skilled and trained Native American personnel to manage and operate tribally owned enterprises created by casino gaming resources. Tribal casinos garnered more than $10 billion in revenues in 2001 and have created more than 200,000 jobs since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Yet according to the National Indian Gaming Association, nearly 75 percent of casino employees are non-Indian. Haskell’s goal is to develop a curriculum in cooperation with tribal leaders to train Native American students in all economic development arenas including hotel/resort management, tourism and Indian casino management.

Steve Cadue, iPathfinder, Inc. (785) 842-7821, email: stcadue@ipath-finder.com

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Marilyn Bread, NTC-Haskell, CTES Director (785) 749-8434

Haskell and iPathfinder, Inc. to co-host national seminar “Reaching Opportunities of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act” in April

LAWRENCE, Kans. – Haskell Indian Nations University’s Center for Tribal Entrepreneurial Studies (CTES) and a Lawrence-based Indian consulting firm will co-host a two-day national seminar April 2-3, 2002 for Indian nations engaged in Indian gaming.

The seminar will demonstrate Haskell’s educational and training resources and Haskell’s support for Indian nations and the economic opportunities created through utilization of the federal trust powers of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). The Ligaz11 conference’s theme will focus on the opportunities created by IGRA and Haskell’s federal education trust responsibilities for Indian people.

Haskell’s vision statement is “to become a national center for Indian education, research, fine arts, service and cultural programs that increase knowledge and support for the educational needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.” Dr. Karen Swisher, president of Haskell, believes that combining the resources of Haskell and Indian nations can strengthen efforts to achieve Indian self-sufficiency and Indian self-determination.

Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and a Haskell alumnus, will be the seminar keynote speaker on April 2. NIGA was established in 1985 and is comprised of 168 Indian nations engaged in tribal gaming enterprises throughout the United States.

Indian gaming has experienced explosive growth since its inception in 1988, but there remains a severe need for skilled and trained Native American personnel to manage and operate tribally owned enterprises created by casino gaming resources.

Tribal casinos garnered more than $10 billion in revenues in 2001 and have created more than 200,000 jobs since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Yet according to the National Indian Gaming Association, nearly 75 percent of casino employees are non-Indian. Haskell’s goal is to develop a curriculum in cooperation with tribal leaders to train Native American students in all economic development arenas including hotel/resort management, tourism and Indian casino management.

Haskell’s Center for Tribal Entrepreneurial Studies (CTES) initiative began in 1996 through a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for the purpose of encouraging Indian entrepreneurship in Indian Country. The Kauffman Foundation recognized that Native American students are severely disadvantaged in business experience skills and that few Indian businesses exist to mentor Haskell students. Through Haskell’s CTES program, the opportunity now exits to take the next step toward real business management training through Haskell’s strategy to link up with the Indian gaming industry and related tribal nation enterprises.

Incorporated in the proposed gaming system curriculum is an opportunity for the development of on-line distance learning capability that would link Haskell and Indian Country with the tribal casinos’ downlink capabilities.

A job fair and tour of Haskell’s facilities and campus will be conducted in conjunction with the seminar. Click on www.ipath-finder.com for seminar updates and registration information.

Steve Cadue, owner and operator of iPathfinder, Inc., a Native-owned web design and consulting firm, is marketing the seminar. Mr. Cadue is the former tribal chairman of the Kickapoo Nation in Kansas and a former treasurer of the National Indian Gaming Association. Mr. Cadue has been a longtime friend and supporter of Haskell and its development. In 1992, Mr. Cadue initiated the first Indian gaming compact in Kansas with the late Gov. Joan Finney. A portion of the seminar proceeds will be donated to an endowment in the memory of Gov. Joan Finney for Native American entrepreneurial studies.