The Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) is a non-profit Indian gaming trade association representing federally recognized tribes in the state of Washington committed to advancing the lives of Indian peoples — economically, socially and politically.

What we do:

  • Educate: As a trade organization, WIGA’s purpose is to educate and disseminate information to the Indian gaming community, federal and state governments and the general public on issues related to gaming in Indian Country.
  • Advocate: WIGA is there to advocate on behalf of the Washington’s Indian gaming community to promote government relations and effective communication between tribes and the state of Washington.
  • Promote Policy: WIGA aims to promote, protect and preserve the general welfare and interests of Indian tribes through the development of sound policies and practices with respect to the conduct of gaming activities in Indian Country.

WIGA Executive Committee

The WIGA Executive Committee is composed of officers and members elected by the Member Tribes. The committee may perform the duties of the governing body when the full Board of Directors is not in session.

W. Ron Allen, Chairman 
Chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Leonard Forsman, Vice Chairman
Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe

Ray Peters, Treasurer
Tribal Council Liaison, Squaxin Island Tribe

Curt Holmes, Secretary
Council Member of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians 

David Bean, Executive Committee Member
Indian Gaming Association

JJ Wilbur, Executive Committee Member
Senator the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, Executive Committee Member
Chairwoman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe

RoseMary LaClair, Executive Committee Member
Chairwoman of the Nooksack Indian Tribe







WIGA Staff Members

Rebecca George, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Executive Director, WIGA

Rosina DePoe, Makah Tribe, Deputy Director

Linda Edwards, Executive Asst.,