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Nine Earn Casino Management Certification

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by Rolf Clements

Nine casino managers, drawn from three of the tribe’s four gaming facilities, successfully completed the National Indian Gaming Association approved course which is conducted by the staff of Pawnee Nation College. Previously, ten other managers graduated from the first ever program on Dec. 8.

Tom Cunningham, the Oklahoma City-based regional director of the National Indian Gaming Association, was a guest speaker at the ceremony. He spoke of the tremendous job opportunities for qualified casino managers, with not only thousands of gaming jobs in Oklahoma, but tens of thousands of positions nationwide. “Protect your integrity and protect the integrity of your facility,” charged Cunningham to the class.

Pawnee Nation College instructor Andrew Gray stressed that the managers had earned not a certificate, but rather a certification in Indian Gaming Regulatory Management. Tribal Chairman John R. Shotton congratulated the managers and urged them to continue their education. “Our goal is to develop tribal members to be qualified to fill the majority of gaming management positions,” Shotton said. He added that continued education holds the keys to the future of the tribe. Shotton holds two degrees from the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a master’s in Public Administration.

Shotton listed many of the benefits to the Otoe-Missouria Tribe from income generated by the tribe’s successful gaming and other tribal business operations including increased social service programs, more jobs, the ability to provide college scholarship assistance and increased per capita to tribal members. “It’s so exciting to see where tribal members stick together, grow together, develop relationships,” said course graduate Laura Rosas.

“This particular training will be extremely beneficial and we hope to continue with more training of this type for our casino employees,” said Oliver LittleCook, who helped to coordinate the program and is the Employee Relations Manager/Trainer. Successfully completing the course and earning certification are Angela Barnett, Kim Burgess, Lawanda Canaday, Charisse Cline, Scott Miller, Bradley Moore Sr., Laura Rosas, Naomi Roubedeaux and Stephanie Ruff.

ยป Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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May 13th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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