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Sequoyah Simermeyer

Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission

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Sequoyah Simermeyer, a member of the Coharie Indian Tribe of North Carolina, was appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission in 2015 as an associate commissioner. In 2019, he was elevated by President Donald Trump to chairman and confirmed by the Senate. His term will expire in 2023. Prior to his role with NIGC, he worked as an advisor to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He began his career with the National Congress of American Indians, a national intertribal organization focusing on the protection of tribal governments’ rights and status. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Indian Gaming ’22 trade show and conference in Anaheim, California in April.


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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.

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