Celebrating Native American Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California, on September 23, 2016. Photo: Native American Day

California Nations Indian Gaming Association names new executive director

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association has a new executive director.

Susan Jensen, a long-time employee of the organization, is taking over the position at the end of the month. She will be responsible for the management and implementation of policies and programs established by CNIGA's member tribes.

“Her knowledge and eighteen years of experience within the association gives her incredible insight on the history of our members and the association as we prepare to enter the next phase of tribal government gaming in the state,” CNIGA Chirman Steve Stallings said in a press release.

Jensen succeeds Lee Acebedo, who is retiring after nine years on the job.

“I would like to extend a deep thank you to Mr. Acebedo for his dedication to CNIGA and California’s tribal governments, his wisdom and guidance over the past decade has been invaluable," Stallings said.

CNIGA represents 33 tribes, or about half of the number of tribes with casinos in California. The organization has been at the center of efforts to legalize internet poker in the state but tribes remain divided on the best way to move forward.

CNIGA puts on the annual Western Indian Gaming Conference.

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