Phil Hogen, the long-time chair of the NIGC, was our Distinguished Public Administrator. Professors Richard Missens and Bob Kayseas, both from the School of Business and Public Administration at First Nations University of Canada, were our distinguished guests.
The law and politics of First Nations gaming in Canada are markedly different than that of Indian gaming in the U.S.
The most obvious difference is the scope of the industry. In the U.S., about 220 tribes operate some 400 casinos, topping $25 billion in annual revenue. In Canada, there are only one or two dozen First Nations casino scattered over five provinces.