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OVERSIGHT HEARING ON INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT: ROLE
MAY 14, 2003
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
SEP 1 0 2003
COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL, Colorado, Chairman
DANIEL K. INOUYE, Hawaii, Vice Chairman JOHN MCCAIN, Arizona,
KENT CONRAD, North Dakota PETE V. DOMENICI, New Mexico
HARRY REID, Nevada CRAIG THOMAS, Wyoming
DANIEL K. AKAKA, Hawaii ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah
BYRON L. DORGAN, North Dakota JAMES M. INHOFE, Oklahoma
TIM JOHNSON, South Dakota GORDON SMITH, Oregon
MARIA CANTWELL, Washington LISA MURKOWSKI, Alaska
PAUL MOOREHEAD, Majority Staff Director/Chief Counsel
DeRosier, Norm, Viejas Gaming Commission
INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2003
Washington, DC. The committee met, pursuant to other business, at 9:55 a.m. in room 216, Hart Senate Building, the Hon. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Senators Campbell, Inouye, and Akaka. STATEMENT OF HON. BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL, U.S. SEN
ATOR FROM COLORADO, CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS
The CHAIRMAN. The Committee on Indian Affairs will be in session.
We will now proceed to the oversight hearing on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: The Role and the Funding of the National Indian Gaming Commission. We have just one panel, and that will be Phil Hogen, chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, DC, accompanied by Nelson Westrin and Chuck Choney.
Next we will have Ernest Stevens, chairman, National Indian Gaming Association, Washington, DC. He will be accompanied by Mark Van Norman.
Mr. Hogen, please come up and have a seat. Your complete written testimony will be included in the record. If you would like to abbreviate your remarks, please feel free to do that. Welcome to the committee. STATEMENT OF PHIL HOGEN, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL INDIAN
GAMING COMMISSION, WASHINGTON, DC, ACCOMPANIED BY NELSON WESTRIN, VICE CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION; AND CLOYCE “CHUCK” CHONEY, COMMISSIONER, NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION
Mr. HOGEN. Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We much appreciate the opportunity to come tell the story of the National Indian Gaming Commission this morning. We have a lot to say, and we know we do not have a lot of time to do it, so I will try to get right to it.
But first I would like to introduce the other members of the National Indian Gaming Commission who are with me here today. Our vice chairman is Nelson Westrin. Nelson is the former executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. He was there