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Tribal sovereignty and gaming is topic of January Keystone breakfast

“Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Governmental Gaming” will be the topic of the January Keystone Community Bank Breakfast meeting at Western Michigan University.

The casino has come up a winner in the first ten months of operation. John Shagonaby, BBA ’97, CEO, Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority, will discuss the gaming strategies that have paved the way for the successful business operation of the facility. Gun Lake Casino has made its mark as both an entertainment destination and an engine of community economic development.

Shagonaby’s presentation will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, and  is free and open to the public. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room of Schneider Hall. Reservations can be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Shagonaby played an integral role in establishing the casino, an enterprise of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi.

With over 12 years of experience serving as a tribal council member and over 15 years serving Native Americans, Shagonaby knows what it takes to be a successful leader. He has served the tribal council in the Midwest Region as representative to the National Indian Gaming Association Board of Directors as well as serving as Minneapolis area vice president to the National Congress of American Indians. He also has extensive training and certifications with the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the National Indian Gaming Association.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest.