Navajo president appoints a gambling CEO
The president of the
Navajo tribe, Joe Shirley Jr., appointed today Robert Winter for
the position of CEO of the tribe's gambling board. One the
tribal council confirms the appointment, Robert Winter, a New
jersey attorney working with many other Indian tribes on casino
projects, will be in charge of the Navajo Nation Gaming
looking forward to working with the nation to increase its
potential to have fair and profitable gaming for its people,"
Winter was one of the
three finalists interviewed for the position. He was a vice
president for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in
Connecticut from 1993 to 1998, and before that, from 1989 to
1993 he served as an assistant attorney general in New Jersey,
directly responsible for the investigation and prosecution of
casino-related crimes in the state.
The Navajo tribe has the
largest Indian reservation in the United States, which biggest
part is in Arizona, and also parts of New Mexico and Utah.
Gambling on the reservation was approved by the voters in 2001,
although referendums on the issues have started as early as