Hummingbird re-elected as NTGCR chairman
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission Director Jamie Hummingbird was recently re-elected as chairman of the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators, a non-profit organization that promotes cooperative relationships among the commissioners and regulators of tribal gaming enterprises.
“When I saw the NTGCR and what it was about and its purpose, I thought ‘this is a good way for me to get back to, to make good on the investment my early mentors made in me,’” Hummingbird said. “I can now reach out to other commissioners and say ‘you’re not alone out there. We’re here to help.’”
NTGCR was founded by tribal gaming regulators to provide information and education and promote an exchange of ideas from tribal regulators from across the country.
“We get together two times a year and offer up trainings in the areas of audit surveillance, investigations, IT and provide new commissioners and some seasoned commissioners with information and training that everybody would regardless of what jurisdiction they’re in,” Hummingbird said. “We train on federal laws, on compacts. We train on hearing procedures. We train on auditing. We train on anything that a commissioner might need to know to do his or her job.”
Hummingbird first elected as NTGCR chairman in 2006. He said the organization is a source of support and information.
“Early on when I started this job in 1998, I had very little knowledge gaming let alone how to regulate gaming,” Hummingbird said. “So when I first took this job I reached out to my counterparts at other tribes and they were very willing and happy to share (public) information with me that got me really up to speed in a very short amount of time as compared to learning it on my own.”
Hummingbird said during his involvement with NTGCR he has learned a lot about federal law and gaming.
“Early on when I started, it was just at the very beginning of electronic Class II bingo, and I was very fortunate enough at the time to see all the different court cases that were happening, which our tribe was involved in, go from the federal courts in the state to the appellate courts and all the way up to the Supreme Court and then being able to see all the other court cases that tribes have been involved in or initiated for different types of games,” he said. “I think by having that early foundation and being able to see this industry grow from the bottom up has really been an experience that very few have had, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of those people.”
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎧᎻᏏᏂ ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ Jamie Hummingbird ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏞᎬ ᎥᎠᎦᏑᏰᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎧᎻᏏᏂ & ᎪᏢᎯᏏᏍᎩ, ᎠᏃᏢᎯᏏᏍᎩ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᏉᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᎵᎪᏗ ᎤᏚᏓᎸ ᏄᎾᏛᏅ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏏᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏃᏢᎯᏏᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᎯ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.
“ᏣᏂᎪᎲ NTGCR ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏖᎸ ‘ᎣᏍᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏩᎩᎷᎯᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎬᏪᏲᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hummingbird. “ᏃᏊᏃ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎬᏩᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏏᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎦᏥᏲᏎᏗ Ꮭ ᎢᏨᏌ ᏱᎩ. ᎠᎭᏂ ᏓᏨᏍᏕᎸᎯ.”
NTGCR ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎮᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᎯᏏᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏁᎸᏗ ᎠᏓᏃᎯᏎᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎨᏲᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᏡᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏱᏗᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᏃᏢᎯᏏᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᏍᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.
“ᏙᏣᏓᏟᏏᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏛ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏗᏕᏲᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎾᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎪᎵᏰᎢᏙ, IT ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᏗ ᎢᏤ ᎧᎻᏏᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏞᎦᏊ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎨᏥᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏯᎥᎢ,”
ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hummingbird. “ᎣᏥᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏧᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ, ᏧᎾᏓᏁᏤᏗᎢ. ᎣᏣᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᏛᏓᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ. ᎣᏣᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏗᏗ ᏲᎦᏛᏗ. ᎣᏣᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏏᏂ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.”
Hummingbird ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏌ ᎾᏍᎩ NTGCR ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏑᏓᎵ ᏥᎨᏒ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸᏗᎢ.
“ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎯ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ, ᎤᏍᏗ ᎠᏆᏅᏔᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏂᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗᎢ ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏗᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hummingbird. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎯ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎠᏆᏙᏯᏅᎯᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏚᎾᏓᏅᏛ ᎤᎾᏓᏕᏲᏗ (ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᏅᏛ) ᎧᏃᎮᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᎦ ᎠᎩᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᏞᎦᏊ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ ᎾᏃ ᎠᏋᏌ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ.”
Hummingbird ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎨᎳᏗᏙᎲᎢ NTGCR ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏧᏂᎧᎾᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎢᎬᏱ ᏣᏆᎴᏅᎲᎢ, ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏣᎵ 11 bingo, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏆᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᎩᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏓᎾᏓᏱᎵᏙᎲ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏗᎾᏍᏓᏢ ᎢᎨᎳᏗᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᏩᏥᏂ ᏓᎾᏓᏱᎵᏙᎲ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎲᎢ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎤᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏧᏭᎪᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎡᎳᏗᏢ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᏲᎯ ᏓᎾᏓᏱᎵᏙᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏓᎾᏓᏱᎵᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎤᏄᏓᎸᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏗᏆᏂᏲᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱᏊ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏆᏛᎦᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᎪᎲᏅ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏄᏅᎾᏅᎢ ᎠᏛᏍᎬ ᎡᎳᏗ ᏂᏓᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏇᎳᏗᏙᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᏲᏟ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ.”