Pictures of my recent trip to Palm Springs for the 13th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference:
WIGC--Feb. 12, 2008
WIGC--Feb. 13, 2008
WIGC--Feb. 14, 2008
Plus the best anecdote overheard at WIGC: It seems a consultant enthusiastically presented her plan for a Columbus Day promotion to a gaming tribe. Apparently it involved hunting for a treasure chest or something like that.
The Indians coolly informed her: "We do not celebrate Columbus Day." Her response: "Now you do!"
Whoa. Talk about clueless...!
Apparently the Indians elaborated that they don't honor the man who raped and pillaged their ancestors. Whereupon the consultant blushed and apologized. I don't know if she's still working for the tribe, but I doubt it.
For more on the WIGC, see my Pix of the 2007 WIGC.
Below: "Brenda Soulliere, of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, and Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, share a laugh at the California Nations Indian Gaming Association Conference on Wednesday in Palm Springs." Soulliere is a friend; Milanovich probably would recognize me as the guy who works at PECHANGA.net.