Prior to the National Indian Gaming Association's 29th Annual Tradeshow and Convention, the association hosted three golf tournaments at the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation's Sycuan Resort and the Barona Band of Mission Indians' Barona Creek Golf Club. With temperatures in the lower 70s, the tribally owned golf courses served as the perfect settings before the official assembly on Monday. Tribal leaders across the nation travel by car and airplane, respectfully tipping their hat to each other as they convene in San Diego for Indian country's biggest professional gathering.
The Chairman and Sovereignty tournaments took place at the Sycuan's Oak Glen Golf Course and Willow Glen Golf Course and the Vice-Chairman's tournament will take place at the Barona Creek Golf Club. The beautifully maintained golf courses on Sycuan and Barona are some of the nation's top rated championship courses and the tournaments serve as friendly competition between many tribal and company sponsored golf teams who also are vying for the Chairman's coveted top golf team award.
Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association also took this time to honor Chairman of the Sycuan Nation Daniel Tucker with an Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo) marble sculpture.
Daniel Tucker, chairman of Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Chairman the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, has been a long time serving member of the National Indian Gaming Association since 1992. Tucker has served a good portion of his career in tribal leadership.
"Danny has been there through it all. Over twenty years ago this warrior took on the challenge to build a national presence for Indian gaming. Danny along with the NIGA leadership provided a foundation of what our industry means and what it stands for, and that is upholding sovereignty and pursuing Indian self-determination," Chairman Stevens said. "Chairman Tucker, along with Gay Kingman Wapato, Chairman Emeritus Rick Hill, and the late Tim Wapato were called upon by national tribal leadership to create the powerful presence that we now see in the Nation's capital. This badge of honor reminds us of our mission and the people like Chairman Tucker who have responded to the call by national leadership."