Addressing Responsible Gaming In Indian Country

Tribal Government Gaming

This spring,Tribal Government Gaming magazinepublished a feature article about the responsible gaming measures already in place at tribal casinos and how some of these operations are expanding their efforts to include science-based technological innovations. The article –“Tribal Responsibility: Addressing Responsible Gaming in Indian Country”– includes a look at how San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is using the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s PEER program and EMERGE online employee training program to enhance existing training and “create a whole new level of awareness… about the science behind pathological gambling,” according to Dianna Scina, guest services director.

The article also covers the unique challenges tribal governments and gaming facilities face, including the difficulties involved in using science to inform responsible gaming programs for tribe members due to the lack of research on gambling disorders among tribal populations. Tribal gaming experts Eileen Luna-Firebaugh and Dr. Kate Spilde, who addressed some of these challenges in our January 2010 edition ofIssues & Insights(“Creating Partnerships between American Indian Communities and Researchers”), are quoted in the article, providing their insights about these hurdles and the opportunities they present.

PEER stands for Partnership for Excellence in Education and Responsible Gaming. More information about the PEER program is available on theNCRG’s website.

EMERGE stands for Executive, Management and Employee Responsible Gaming Education.The EMERGE programis a science-based, online training program for gaming industry employees. It is approved by an international, third-party credentialing agency and exceeds the requirements of all current gaming regulations regarding responsible gaming training for employees.

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