The National Center Congratulates Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. on Winning the Charlie Hill Award from

NCAIED Chairman Derrick Watchman also participated in NIGA’s Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention

April 11, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) congratulated Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. for being recognized as the Charlie Hill Spirit Award recipient during this year’s National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego. Chairman Stevens has served as chairman for NIGA over the past 16 years, and is also a long-serving board member of The National Center. The Charlie Hill Spirit Award recognizes the positive impacts by an individual to Indian communities.

“Chairman Stevens is a deserving recipient of the Charlie Hill Spirit Award,” said Chris James, National Center President and CEO. “Chairman Stevens’s name is synonymous with an unparalleled commitment to Indian Country, its people, and its economy. We are lucky to have him on our Board of Directors, and Native Americans across the United States have benefited from his leadership.”

In addition to receiving the Charlie Hill Spirit Award, Chairman Stevens has been inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame and recognized for his lifetime achievements by the Association on American Indian Affairs. 

Chairman Stevens was not the only National Center Board Member to be featured at NIGA’s conference. National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman spoke at the conference, where he discussed the deep ties and close relationship between the National Center and NIGA, and their shared goal of advancing Indian Country’s economy.

NIGA’s Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego opened on Monday, April 10 and will conclude on Thursday.

About The National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

CONTACT: Lewis Lowe, 202-333-2234

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