To regulate the emerging Indian gaming industry, Indian tribes have established gaming commissions, industry standards and internal controls. They have developed their own internal tribal police forces and court systems, and have invested in state-of-the-art surveillance. The goal of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation's regulatory gaming structure is to promote tribal economic development, tribal self-sufficiency and a strong tribal government. Gaming articles submitted by Gary Mitchell, Gaming Commission Chairman.
Prairie Band Potawatomi Entertainment Corporation
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Entertainment Corporation (PBPEC) was incorporated by the Nation to provide a mechanism for it to manage its gaming business after the departure of its former general manager. After consultation with the General Council, the Tribal Council incorporated PBPEC under a federal charter to reinforce the federal protections of the Nation’s tribal sovereignty. Under the charter, the Board of Directors of PBPEC oversees the gaming business while the casino management staff runs the actual day-to-day gaming operations. The directors are not to be individually involved in the casino, but instead act collectively as a Board in its oversight function. The Board’s functions include the submission of an annual plan and capital budget to the Tribal Council for its approval.
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Athletic Commission
The tribe has formed the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Athletic Commission whose purpose is to offer and sanction both professional and amateur sport activities including boxing and other athletic events on the reservation. The present board includes Junior Wahweotten and Roy Spoonhunter.
The commission is responsible for the oversight and regulation of all professional sporting events involving licensed contestants, and in its discretion of amateur sport events held within the jurisdiction of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. It also shall ensure that the safety of the athletes, referees, and other persons engaged in the sport are protected.