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G2E to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day Oct. 10

Stevens is the chairman and spokesperson for the Indian Gaming Association. (IGA Facebook)

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is set to be recognized at the 2022 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Nevada. G2E is a gambling industry trade show that debuted in 2001 and is held each fall. This year’s conference runs from Oct. 10 to Oct. 13 at the Venetian Expo.

Conference organizers said the chairman and spokesperson of the Indian Gaming Association, Ernest Stevens Jr. (Oneida Nation), is scheduled to lead a keynote and panel discussion recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 10. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is held on the second Monday of October to honor the cultures and histories of Native American people.

Stevens’ session “Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Special Look at Tribal Gaming” will also examine the progress tribes have made since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988. Following the session, organizers said there would be a reception for attendees to meet Stevens and other speakers who participated on the panel.

Scheduled to join Stevens is former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), who served in the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 2005. He was the only Native American in Congress at the time and the first in the Senate in more than 60 years.

Also scheduled to appear on the panel is Reid D. Milanovich, the chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Melanie Benjamin, the CEO of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians.

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