20th Anniversary Commemorative Pathbreakers Banquet

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a commemorative Pathbreaker’s Banquet will be held on the evening of Thursday, October 16, on the beautiful lands of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Additionally, the banquet will honor six outstanding individuals, “Pathbreakers”, for their influential impact on gaming in Indian Country. The Pathbreakers, who were selected by their peers on a committee comprising leaders of major Indian gaming organizations and programs, have been in the forefront of efforts to restore tribal self-sufficiency and respect for tribal sovereignty. We are privileged and honored to recognize and celebrate the important work and accomplishments of these Indian Gaming Pathbreakers. Come join us…

Frank L. Chaves
Former Chairman
New Mexico Indian Gaming Commission
Richard G. Hill Sr.
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
John A. James
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Mark Macarro
Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Clinton M. Pattea
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Ernest L. Stevens Jr.
National Indian Gaming Association


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Banquets tickets are sold separately and may be purchased without conference registration. There are a limited number of tickets available. Tickets may be purchased online at the conference registration website or with the conference registration order form. To reserve a table for 10, please call Darlene Lester at 480-965-7715.

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Wallace Coffey

Master of Ceremonies:  Wallace Coffey, Tribal Chairman, Comanche Nation

Wallace Coffey (Comanche) received his master's degree in education from Harvard University. He served as tribal liaison and cultural resource specialist for the Institute of American Indian Arts prior to being elected to his third term as chairman of the Comanche Nation. He has served the Indian community as master of ceremonies for powwows, cultural events, and celebrations for thirty-six years.

Pathbreaker's Banquet
Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
October 16, 2008 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

(Tickets will NOT be available at the door)