Bernadine Burnette, President of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation (FMYN), was elected as Chairperson of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) on January 13, 2017 during the organization’s monthly leadership meeting.
During her more than twenty years of leadership of her Nation, Burnette served multiple terms as an officer of the AIGA. She also held the esteemed position of the Secretary of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), has been a member of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC).
President Burnette is proud to provide her leadership and experience as she represents AIGA and its 15 Member Tribes as the organization continues to advocate, educate, partner and promote Tribal Gaming in the state and throughout the nation.
“I am humbly and respectfully thankful for the confidence of the Member Tribes to represent the Arizona Indian Gaming Association as we continue to protect Tribal Gaming,” said President Burnette. “We will continue to remain unified as we move forward to promote Tribal Gaming and its benefits, not just for Tribal Nations and Communities, but all Arizonans.”
Also during the Leadership meeting, AIGA Executive Director Valerie Spicer announced that she would be leaving the organization. Spicer expressed her appreciation and honor of working on behalf of Tribal leaders, her colleagues and staff of AIGA.
“On behalf of AIGA, I express our appreciation for Ms. Spicer’s service to our Tribes during her six years with the organization. We wish her the best as she moves forward in her future endeavors,” said AIGA Chairperson Burnette.
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of Tribes striving for self-reliance by supporting tribal gaming enterprises on Arizona Indian lands. Speaking on behalf of its member Tribes with one, unified voice, AIGA serves as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for Tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development. This organization is deeply committed to maintaining and protecting Indian sovereign governmental authority. Current membership includes: Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Indian Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave Tribe, Fort Yuma Quechan, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, and Pueblo of Zuni. For information about AIGA visit www.azindiangaming.org or www.benefitingarizona.org.
CONTACT: JUDY FERREIRA (480) 284-4034
Arizona Indian Gaming Association represents 15 tribes representing Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. While four tribes are located near urban areas, most tribal lands are located in remote areas of Arizona.