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ATLG proudly welcomes two nationally-recognized experts to its world-class faculty

October 21, 2009
Contact:  Academy of Tribal & Local Government
Deron Marquez

Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes two nationally-recognized experts to its world-class faculty

Dr. Kate Spilde and Tracy Burris join Academy’s diverse roster of academic, business, legal and other industry leaders dedicated to educating tribal and local governments nationwide on wide range of major issues

California – As part of its commitment to address the foremost needs of tribes and local governments nationwide, the Academy of Tribal & Local Government (“Academy”) proudly announced the addition of Dr. Kate Spilde, Ph.D., Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming at San Diego State University, and Tracy Burris, Gaming Commissioner for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, to its respected teaching faculty.

Dr. Spilde and Mr. Burris will join others from across the country bringing decades of experience to the faculty.

Dr. Spilde is an Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU), and the Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming where she is responsible for managing the nation’s first four-year degree program in tribal gaming.

Previously, she was the Executive Director for the Center for California Native Nations at the University of California at Riverside, where she oversaw the first state-level impact study of Indian gaming in California.

Before moving to California, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, where she incorporated qualitative and quantitative research on the impacts of Indian gaming into the Harvard Project’s groundbreaking work on tribal governments and institution building.

Mr. Burris has served the national Indian gaming industry as a member of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Executive Committee since 1995 and as NIGA Treasurer (2006-2008).  Locally, he served on the board of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), and as OIGA’s Vice-Chairman (1995-1996), Chairman (1996-2003), and Executive Delegate-at-Large (2003- 2007).

He also served on the board of the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Association (NTGRC), as Gaming Advisor to the State of Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, and as part of the first and third National Indian Gaming Commission MICS advisory committees. He also has spoken nationwide on Indian gaming industry and regulatory issues, and has provided testimony on numerous occasions to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. Burris is a graduate Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Burris served as Gaming Commissioner for the Chickasaw Nation for 15 years before joining the Viejas Gaming Commission in July 2008.

“We are thrilled to have Kate and Tracy joining our faculty,” stated Academy Co-Founder and CEO Deron Marquez. “Indian gaming continues to enhance and even sustain local economies nationwide. Kate and Tracy have observed its growth for many years and together are widely-recognized as two of the industry’s leading experts in Indian Country.”

About the Academy of Tribal & Local Government

The Academy of Tribal & Local Government advances productive relations between federally recognized tribal and local governments nationwide. Utilizing a renowned faculty with more than 200 years of real world and academic experience in Indian Country, customized education programs are developed offering long-term solutions that serve the unique economic, social and cultural needs of these governments. The Academy also serves Indian Country through comprehensive online training for vendors and service providers nationwide through its Vendor Certification Program. For more information please visit our website at www.ATLGonline.com.