The Pokagon Band Gaming Commission (PBGC) is an autonomous governmental subdivision of the tribe. It is the Commission’s responsibility to regulate all gaming conducted on tribal land and to regulate alcohol at all properties, including the Bent Tree Market. Its duty is to ensure that all gaming conducted within the tribe’s sovereign land is conducted in compliance with the Pokagon Band Gaming Regulatory Act, the Regulations, the Compact, the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, regulations promulgated by the National Indian Gaming Commission and other applicable tribal and federal laws.
The PBGC’s primary office and hearing room are in the HR building at the New Buffalo casino property. It also has a small office within each casino property which house the inspectors assigned to those facilities.
The Commission employs 46 people and are proud that 31percent of them are tribal citizens. Tribal Council appoints three Commissioners to three-year staggered terms to oversee the PBGC. All three of our current Commissioners are Pokagon citizens. They are Chairman Richard Klemm, Vice-Chair Cassie Alley, and Commissioner Bruce Molnar. The PBGC executive director, Charles LaBoy, is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the Commission. Executive Director LaBoy supervises the five divisions within the Commission. They are:
- Administration provides support to the PBGC staff and ensures efficient Commission operations.
- Audit provides effective monitoring of the daily casino operations to ensure integrity and compliance with laws and regulations.
- Licensing & Investigation investigates Pokagon gaming establishments for licensing purposes and employee and supplier candidates to ensure that the casino hires staff and vendors with veracity and honesty. They also investigate violations of regulatory laws and regulations.
- Compliance & Enforcement provides continuous monitoring of casino operations. They are present during significantly sensitive shipments such as gaming machines and have many other responsibilities to ensure safety of the employees and the integrity of operations.
- Gaming Technology provides network security, external communication security, periodic computer safety training, and updates staff on the latest developments concerning gaming technology, computer equipment, and related security matters.
Proper regulation of gaming is essential to ensure that gaming is conducted honestly and free from unlawful conduct and corruptive elements. It is the mission of the PBGC to protect tribal assets and ensure the integrity of the gaming enterprise through effective regulation and the practice of the Seven Grandfather teachings.