NIGA Awards Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award

The National Indian Gaming Association recently announced the 2017 award recipient for the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award.

Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in WA received his award at the annual Wendell Chino Humanitarian Awards Banquet this week at the San Diego Convention Center during the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention.

“The award is bestowed on a tribal leader who advances peace, promotes justice, believes in fair governance and fosters inter-cultural understanding,” the formal announcement notes.

The award is given in honor of the legacy of the late President and Leader of the Mescalero Apache Nation, Wendell Chino, who spent his life protecting Tribal Sovereignty and advancing Self-Determination for Indian Country. The National Indian Gaming Association will celebrate the life of Wendell Chino and honor a leader whose life and actions exemplify those of the late Wendell Chino.

“This year we are pleased to be awarding National Congress of American Indians President, Brian Cladoosby with the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award,” said Chairman Ernie Stevens. “The work that Chairman Cladoosby does is a true testament to his leadership in Indian Country. He is not only the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians; he is a senior tribal political leader in Washington State, in the Northwest Region, Washington, D.C. and at home, in the Swinomish Tribal Community. Brian is a gentleman, father, accomplished leader, role model and a personal friend of mine. We have stood together for many years advocating for tribal sovereignty. He has been in public service to not only his own Swinomish Community but Indian Country for the past 32 years, serving 20 years as Tribal Chairman. He is well respected and appreciated in Indian Country. His accomplishments are vast, just as Wendell Chino, and we are proud to bestow him with this honor and recognition.”

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