Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA)

The Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA) ordinance was established by the Me-Wuk Tribal Council on April 18, 2001, to regulate, license, investigate, and monitor all gaming activities on tribal lands, which includes the Black Oak Casino.

The Tribal Gaming Agency is comprised of three Commissioners, each of whom is selected by the Community Council. The position of Gaming Commissioner serves for indefinite term, and it is not a requirement to be a tribal member.

The Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA) is comprised of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and a Secretary/Treasurer. The Chairperson presides over all meetings of the Tribal Gaming Agency. The Vice Chairperson presides over meetings in absence of the Chairperson and the Secretary/Treasurer maintains all regulatory requirements, implementation and maintenance.

The Tribal Gaming Agency is funded by the Me-Wuk Tribe to assure that the Agency can effectively regulate the Tribe’s gaming activities and to assure the Tribal Gaming Agency remains financially accountable to the Tribal Council.

The Tribal Gaming Agency has the power and duty, with the primary responsibility to carry out the Tribe’s regulatory responsibilities under Federal or Tribal Law and the State Gaming Compact; to enforce those requirements and to protect the integrity of the Gaming activities and the reputation of the Tribe and the Gaming operation for honesty, fairness, and confidence of patrons.

Other duties and responsibilities include inspect, examine, and monitor the Gaming activities: prepare reports and monitor compliance, investigate any suspicion of wrongdoing in connection with the Gaming facility or related Gaming activity, including imposing fines or other sanctions against licensees or other persons who interfere with or violate the Tribe’s gaming regulatory requirements under applicable federal, tribal law or the State Gaming Compact. In addition, the Gaming Agency has the responsibility to conduct background investigations regarding any person or entity in any way connected with any Gaming activity and issue licenses and identification badges to, at a minimum all key employees, primary management officials, and gaming resource suppliers.

The Tribal Gaming Agency is required to enforce all relevant laws and rules with respect to the Gaming operation and Gaming facility, and conduct investigations and hold hearings regarding enforcement as well as other matters within the Tribal Gaming Agency jurisdiction, as well as to protect the physical safety of gaming patrons, employees, and others in the Gaming Facility.

Lori Severson

Lori Severson

Gaming Commissioner Chairman

Oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of all regulatory requirements. Ensures that the Tribal Gaming Operation is free of any criminal activity and games are played fairly, honestly by both players and owners. Assures that there is sufficient Regulatory Staff within the Gaming Facility to provide direct over site on all Gaming Activity in accordance with all Federal, State and Tribal Regulations and Ordinances. Protects the Assets of the Tribe. Lori personally oversees all background investigations of employees and vendors who work or do business with the Black Oak Casino. Lori instructs her staff on the issuance of gaming identification cards to authorized individuals for a proper level of security access throughout the Casino. Both the Chairman and Vice Chairman share in the daily leadership over the Surveillance Department. They specify the type of surveillance equipment and ensures that it is the latest technology available in the industry.

Edewaa Foster

Edewaa Foster

Gaming Commissioner Secretary/Treasurer

Oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of all regulatory requirements. Ensures that the Tribal Gaming Operation is free of any criminal activity and games are played fairly, honestly by both players and owners. Assures that there is sufficient Regulatory Staff within the Gaming Facility to provide direct over site on all Gaming Activity in accordance with all Federal, State and Tribal Regulations and Ordinances. Protects the Assets of the Tribe. Edewaa Foster oversees the Compliance Department as well as the Internal Audit Department. It is his role to oversee the development, implementation and maintenance of all regulatory requirements. Both the Chairman and Vice Chairman share in the daily leadership over the Surveillance Department. They specify the type of surveillance equipment and ensures that it is the latest technology available in the industry.

Patrick Castro

Patrick Castro

Director of Surveillance

Patrick Castro is the Director of Surveillance for the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Gaming Agency. The department consists of a group of well-rounded agents from all walks of life with gaming experience, military and security backgrounds. Patrick is responsible for video evidence, advising casino management of problematic situations and violations, along with training of the surveillance agents and helping design and expand the current surveillance system. He also assists in the daily activity of the surveillance department alongside his three surveillance supervisors. Patrick guides the department with the main focus of protecting all tribal assets and gaming activities on tribal land, as well as providing a safe environment for gaming, dining and family fun.

Julie Day

Julie Day

Director of Internal Audit

Julie Day, Director of Internal Audit, responsibilities are to ensure that the casino is in compliance with Tribal Internal Control Standards, the National Indian Gaming Commission, Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and all casino policies and procedures. The internal audit department also performs special investigations, independent reviews of Casino operational and administrative controls throughout the year; in addition, the internal audit department process all casino policies and procedures.

Danny Wandersee

Danny Wandersee

Director of Compliance

Danny Wandersee is the Director of Compliance. His responsibilities are to engage in a variety of tasks to assure the Casino is in Compliance with State and Federal gaming regulations, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, NIGC and the Tribal Gaming Ordinance. He and his staff provide oversight of all regulatory responsibilities and are responsible for investigations and the protection of the gaming facility and gaming operations from illegal activity. All Incidents are reported to the Commission to ensure and defend the integrity of the Tribe. Compliance is also responsible for the testing of all gaming software, Health and Safety inspections, and random machine testing required by State.

Dave Menezes

Dave Menezes

Information Systems Coordinator

Dave Menezes, Information Systems Coordinator (IS), leads the tech team which upgrades and installs TGA’s surveillance system, licensing system, reporting system and all computer applications. In addition, Dave and the tech team have a regular maintenance schedule for each of TGA’s systems.