The Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA) ordinance was established by the Me-Wuk Tribal Community Council on April 18, 2001 to regulate, license, investigate and monitor all gaming activities on Tribal lands, which includes Black Oak Casino Resort.
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 also includes a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and a Secretary/Treasurer. The Chairperson presides over all TGA meetings. 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 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.
- 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 and other matters within the Tribal Gaming Agency jurisdiction, as well as protect the physical safety of gaming patrons, employees and others in the gaming facility.