Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published October 3, 2017
LAS VEGAS – In the aftermath of the shooting on Sunday night that left at 59 people dead and another 527 injured, the National Indian Gaming Association issued the following statement on Monday, October 2:
The National Indian Gaming Association sends its condolences to those families who lost loved ones and those who were injured in last night’s heinous act.
As many of us in the Gaming Industry converge on Las Vegas for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we send out our thoughts and prayers to the innocent victims and families affected by this tragedy.
Sadly, as the day has proceeded, we are being made aware of those who have been afflicted. We were informed that one of our Tribal individuals who attended the concert last night was shot and injured. We are told that she went into surgery last night and is recovering today.
Throughout this unfathomable event, we have seen firsthand the outstanding work by Law Enforcement and all of the emergency personnel who have come together to assist those affected. The immediate response of the elected officials and the health care professionals who are still caring for patients is impressive and shows the strength of a community who can overcome a disaster such as this. We send a special appreciation for our Indian gaming network that took an unofficial count and insured the security of our team so we could reassure our families from across the country of our safety.
Our partners at the American Gaming Association and Reed Expositions have assured us that our safety is of primary concern and we can count on them to continue to monitor this situation as we spend the next few days here to move our industry forward.
Indian Country stands together in mourning the losses of innocent victims and is praying for those who sustained injuries as a result of the unconscionable acts that occurred last night. May the Creator surround those loved ones left behind and those who will be caring for the wounded. All of our hearts and spirits have been touched beyond measure by this unfortunate situation.
We encourage you to go to the GoFundMe campaign at gofundme.com – Las Vegas Victims’ Fund that has been set up for the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy. Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the tragedy.