Incorporated in 1985, National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is an inter-tribal association of federally recognized Indian Tribes united with the mission of protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty and the ability of Tribes to attain economic self-sufficiency through gaming and other forms of economic development. The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially, and politically. NIGA operates as an educational, legislative, and public policy resource for tribal policy makers as well as the public, on issues related to Indian gaming and tribal community development.
Located on Capitol Hill, NIGA is a leading voice for Indian Country, working diligently to ensure that the special status of tribes is recognized and protected when issues affecting tribal sovereignty arise. NIGA advocates on behalf of Indian tribes with Congress, the White House and federal agencies. In order to accomplish its mission, NIGA often works with Congress and the administration on all Indian Issues under the Commerce Clause.
NIGA completed an expansion of the original building in 2015. The Stanley R. Crooks Tribal Leader Conference Center and a multi-story connection between the historic main house and revolutionary era carriage house structures, transformed NIGA’s headquarters from primarily office space to a prime conference-meeting center for legislative activities on Capitol Hill.