David Bean, a tribal council member of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington, has been named vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.
He was sworn in June 20 and will serve out the remainder of the term of the previous vice chairman, until elections in 2018, when he could run for re-election. He succeeded Kevin Leecy, who had to leave the post after he lost an election for chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians.
Bean told the Tacoma Weekly, “I am almost without words. It was a surprise and is an incredible honor to be recognized in this way by the NIGA board.” Talking about his new role, Bean said, “Because casinos are a big part of tribes’ economic development, we need to be on the front lines of anything impacting that positively or negatively.”