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1 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise NACOG May 5, 2015

2 Speakers Raymond C. Etcitty  General Counsel Brian Parrish  Chief Operating Officer 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 2

3 Mission Statement & Purpose “Growing a Navajo Gaming and Hospitality Economy” Purpose  Create jobs  Generate revenues  Provide a fair return to the Navajo Nation 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 3

4 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 4 A business entity of the Navajo Nation created to conduct gaming.  Created to make business decisions.  Created to be separate from the Navajo Nation government.  Created to operate independently from the Navajo Nation government.  Not a government division, department of program.

5 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 5 The Enterprise was created in accordance with federal and Navajo laws and compacts. Indian Gaming within the Navajo Nation regulated by Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Federal Government  NIGC, IRC, federal Indian law Navajo Nation  Gaming Ordinance and other Navajo laws, etc. State Compacts  New Mexico and Arizona compacts

6 Created by Navajo Nation on September 27, 2006  June 2007 (3 employees, no office)  June 2014 (1,300+ employees; 4 casinos) 4 Navajo casinos  Fire Rock Navajo Casino (Gallup, NM)  Flowing Water Navajo Casino (Shiprock, NM)  Northern Edge Navajo Casino (Farmington, NM)  Twin Arrows Navajo Casino (Flagstaff, AZ)  Others!! May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 6 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise

7  Board of Directors (9 total positions)  Appointed by Navajo President; Council confirms  Board members (5 positions filled)  Maureen Curley (Chairman)  Jack Jackson, Jr. (Vice-Chairman)  Martha King (Secretary/Treasurer)  Martin Liebermann  Danielle Her Many Horses  CEO Derrick Watchman  Executive management team 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 7

8 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 8 Navajo Gaming Ordinance The Navajo Gaming Ordinance is Navajo law explaining how gaming will be conducted The Ordinance requires 2 entities:  Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office Regulate (much like a gaming police) Issues gaming licenses  Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Operates casinos

9 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 9 Navajo Gaming Ordinance Public officials and employees of the Navajo Nation shall not have any role in the management of the gaming facility 5 NNC §2012. Relation to Gaming Management. Neither the Executive Director of the Gaming Regulatory Office nor any other public official or public employee of the Nation (individually or collectively) shall have any role in the management of any licensed gaming establishment.

10 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 10 Enterprise Structure Enterprise (Typical corporation structure) 1.Board of Directors 2. Corporate Officers 3. Shareholders (i.e. Navajo Nation)

11 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 11 Enterprise Structure Board of Directors The board of directors "directs" the corporation's affairs and business path. The board has ultimate legal responsibility for the actions of the corporation, officers, employees, and agents. The Board’s duties and responsibilities are typical of Board of Director.

12 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 12 Officers They oversee the daily operations, and in their different roles they are given legal authority to act on the corporation's behalf in almost all lawful business-related activities:  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or President.  Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

13 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 13 Shareholder Navajo Nation, as shareholder, has wholly owns the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise  Approves the plan of operation (i.e. charter)  Confirms the Board of Directors  Receives dividends (i.e. gaming revenues)

14 General Managers Each of the four casinos has its own General Manager  Fire Rock Navajo Casino – Bryce Warren  Flowing Water Navajo Casino – Rawlin Jacobs  Northern Edge Navajo Casino – Gloria West  Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort – Brian Parish Each casino has its own casino management and staff 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 14

15 Community Relations The Navajo casinos:  Have agreements with local fire departments, ambulance service, law enforcement services.  Work with local Chamber of Commerce  Conduct local job fairs  Work with and contracts with local vendors Contracts, maintenance, marketing efforts  Voluntarily respect local laws and ordinances (Flagstaff dark skies, alcohol restrictions, etc.)  Provide employee payrolls 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 15

16 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 16 Use of Gaming Revenues Gaming revenues are governed by IGRA:  To fund tribal government operations or programs  To provide for the general welfare of the Indian tribe and its members  To promote tribal economic development  To donate to charitable organizations  To help fund operations of local government agencies

17 1990s  Early 1990s, Navajo gaming ordinance drafted  1994, Gaming ordinance given to Navajo Nation Council  1994, Navajo gaming referendum (FAILED)  1995, Navajo Nation contracted for a Navajo Gaming Study  1997, Navajo referendum (FAILED)  April 1998, Navajo Nation Local Governance Act approved 2001  October 16, Navajo Gaming Ordinance approved by Navajo Nation  Arizona Prop 202  Allow Arizona leasing/pooling slot allocations  Ordinance submitted to NIGC, who wanted changes May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 17 Navajo Gaming History

18 2002 April - NN approve tech amendment to the Gaming Ordinance December – Council approve Navajo Nation/Arizona Gaming Compact 2003  January - President Kelsey Begaye signs Navajo Nation/Arizona Gaming Compact  July - Council approves Navajo Nation/New Mexico Gaming Compact (Tohajilee Chapter)  September - President Joe Shirley, Jr. signs Navajo Nation/New Mexico Gaming Compact May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 18 Navajo Gaming History

19 2004 July - the Navajo Nation amends criminal code to decriminalize gaming if host chapters authorize gaming November - Navajo gaming referendum (PASSED) 2005 Navajo Nation begins search for Executive Director for the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office November - Edward Lockett selected as Executive Director of Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 19 Navajo Gaming History

20 2006 Spring - Navajo Nation approve MOAs with NIGC and ADOG July - Navajo Gaming Regulations approved July - Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise plan of operation is developed September - Navajo Nation Council approves the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) October - Navajo Nation searches for NNGE Board of Directors and NNGE Chief Executive Officer May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 20 Navajo Gaming History

21 2007 April - Robert Winter selected as CEO Summer - CEO Robert Winter conducts following activities:  Hires staff, and obtains office space, etc.  Meets with standing committees, chapters, developers, etc.  Negotiates a business site lease for the Church Rock  Negotiates gaming line of credit October to January - Navajo Nation Council confirmed NNGE Board of Directors May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 21 Navajo Gaming History

22 2008 January - the Navajo Nation amends criminal law to authorize alcohol sales within the Navajo casino if host Navajo chapter authorizes alcohol sales March - the Navajo Nation approves loan for Fire Rock Navajo Casino (FRNC) June – FRNC groundbreaking June to November – FRNC construction November - FRNC opening. December - Navajo Liquor Regulation/Ordinance approved by DOI (published in Federal Register) May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 22 Navajo Gaming History

23 2009  Finance negotiations with Navajo Nation 2010  September - Navajo Nation approves loan for Flowing Water Navajo Casino (FWNC)  October – FWNC opening 2011  February - Northern Edge Navajo Casino (NENC) groundbreaking  March - Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort (TANCR) groundbreaking Navajo Gaming History May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 23

24 2011  April to September – The Nation approves loans (NENC/TANCR)  May to January 2012 – NENC construction  September – TANCR construction begins 2012  January 16, 2012 – NENC opened 2013  January – Derrick Watchman, NNGE CEO  May 24, 2013 – TANCR opening (90 room hotel) 2014  TANCR – remaining hotel rooms complete (210 rooms) Navajo Gaming History May 5, 2015 Navajo Gaming 24

25 5/5/2015 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise 25 Questions & Answers


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