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Interview with Ernie Stevens, Chairman, NIGA

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, about the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In October, a conference held at the Fort McDowell Casino Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, convened to consider the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act or IGRA as it is commonly known. Ernie Stevens, who is finishing his fourth term as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, was one of six recipients of the "Path Breaker" award, recognizing his impact on Indian gaming. Stevens met with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros during the conference to talk about his award and the bill that has caused such controversy in Indian Country.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.