Native-Run Gaming Authority Gaining Support

Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 14:46



The president of a First Nations-run gaming authority says he’s confident the body will soon be overseeing gaming on reserves.


Greg Ahenakew of the Indigenous Gaming Regulators hopes to reach an agreement with the provincial government sometime over the next few months.


For the past few years, I.G.R. has been seeking to become the province’s on-reserve authority, effectively replacing the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority when it comes to “break-opens”, bingos and raffles.


Ahenakew says 66 First Nations have designated I.G.R. as their charitable gaming regulator already, and he’s offering free workshops to bands that want assistance.


Ahenakew adds I.G.R. enjoys working with chiefs and councils in a manner that educates and informs them how regulation works on reserves.


He says any band can call his group toll-free at 1-877-477-4114.