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Integrating The Casino Gaming Industry in Japan: The American Indian Gaming Model
- Deron Marquez (Member, Board of Trustees, Claremont Graduate University and Former Chairman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians)
Under United States law, Native American Tribes are permitted to operate casinos and integrated resorts on their lands. Since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 under President Ronald Reagan, Native American Tribes have further developed the casino gaming industry in the United States under a set of regulations separate from Las Vegas. The resulting development has come to be known as the Indian Gaming model. For 30 years, Tribes have become proven leaders in what is now a thriving international casino gaming market.
As Japan is currently putting together the terms of its nascent integrated resort casino industry, there is much that casino-operating Native American Tribes can share with Japan in terms of casino operating expertise, best practices, local investment in communities, ethics and values.
Dr. Deron Marquez will explain how Indian Gaming can provide a successful model to Japan and other Asia-based casino operations in a variety of ways include techniques and insights based on his experience.
Unquestionably, Indian Gaming has helped revitalize Tribes, providing them with the means to move forward with economic development and heritage preservation while embracing the promise and change of our time. As a result, many Native American Nations have become inspiring centers of entrepreneurship, innovation, culture, civil rights protection, justice and reconciliation. The best practices that have served Indian Gaming Tribes so well for over three decades can be utilized by Japan and other societies that aspire to develop their own integrated resort casino industries.
Member, Board of Trustees, Claremont Graduate University and Former Chairman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Deron Marquez served as chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 1999 through April 2006. He was instrumental in designing and directing a progressive agenda of social, economic, and governance development for the tribal government and community.
Under his leadership, the Tribe has entered into successful business ventures with the goal of securing critical government revenues well into the future. The tribe also enhanced its governance capabilities, instituted public services for tribal members, and solidified intergovernmental relations at the local, state, and national levels under his leadership.
Marquez is a nationally-recognized speaker and lecturer on such issues as economic development, tribal governance, and tribal sovereignty. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Claremont Graduate University as well as the co-founder and director of the Tribal Administration Certificate Program, a program providing instruction on tribal sovereignty, tribal law, tribal gaming & management.