Tell your story and inspire others – Submit Your Tribal Spirit Entry Today!

We’re asking you to share your story …
it’s more important than ever

For a number of reasons, Tribal gaming organizations are seldom recognized for their history of uncommon generosity and support that they provide to non-Native and Native organizations and communities. 

This November, we ask you to share a story about how your tribal organization has come together to raise awareness, raise funds, or offer assistance to people and to causes in the past year.

Free to enter - Share your story today!

We listened to your feedback and the entry process is now easier than ever. No categories, no fees, just your story. 

Deadline to submit is November 30, 2017. 

Each property can submit up to three entries. Here are the questions you will be asked:

  1. In a nutshell, tell us your story ...
  2. Who was impacted?
  3. How much did the event raise (if applicable)?
  4. How does this event bring value to your community and why do you do it?

People's Choice Award - Cast your vote December 15!

We've decided to put the decision-making in your hands this year with the People's Choice Award; voting will open December 15, 2017. The five entries with the most votes will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win up to $500 donated to the charity of their choice!

Celebrate with us!

We will draw prizes for the five winners of the People's Choice Awards during the Tribal Spirit of Giving Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Choctaw Casino Resort - Durant during Raving's 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference. We'd love for you to join us at the luncheon and celebrate the Tribal Spirit of Giving with us! Sam McCracken, Nike N7 Visionary, will present the keynote luncheon.

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Never Losing Sight of the Role of Indian Gaming

From battle of the bras to growing food for local schools
Indian gaming organizations are recognized for their commitment to their communities and employees

By Christine Faria

It’s no secret.

From L to R, Kelley Bailey, Adrienne Horton, Michelle Richens, Stacie Razkowic, Pennie Ruchman and Stephen Wherry. All are FireKeepers Team Members

Anti-Indian gaming sentiment and prejudice still exist.  For a number of reasons, Tribal gaming organizations are seldom recognized for their history of uncommon generosity and support they provide to non-Native and Native organizations and communities.

And in today’s political climate, being reminded of acts of inclusiveness and altruism, can’t be a bad thing, right?

In an effort to share the untold stories of positive relationships between tribal entities and the regions in which they operate, Raving Consulting created a recognition program in 2015 to raise awareness and recognize programs that highlight the hundreds of acts of giving by Tribal communities.

On February 1, fifteen organizations were honored at the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards: Recognizing Organizations That Give Back to Their Communities, Employees and Customers during Raving’s 19th Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference, at Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK. The event reached an historic attendance of over 300 gaming executives and suppliers. Continue reading

Time Is Running Out To Submit for the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards

You’ve got until November 21 to tell us your story …
Submit today for the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards!  Don’t miss out!

Dear Ravers,

By now you must have heard about our new awards program to recognize Tribal governments and Tribal casinos and their history of uncommon generosity and support to their communities. It’s called the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards – Recognizing Organizations That Give Back to Their Communities, Employees and Customers.

The submission process is easy (we promise) and your organization’s story is important to share. Let me explain …

This past January (see slide show) at our inaugural event, we acknowledged 17 tribal organizations for a total of 25 submissions. What we learned was amazing — several entries included acknowledging veterans in their communities and in their casinos’ employment, and one entry highlighted a casino’s effort to purchase specialty off-road wheelchairs for veterans that don’t benefit from prosthetics. Another entry described how a tribe and their casino shut down their gaming operation for over two weeks to convert it into an emergency center during one of the most destructive fires in the history of California – read more here.

So how about your organization? WE KNOW you have given back. Here are our top reasons why you need to submit an entry on behalf of your organization today:

  1. Anti-Indian gaming sentiment, ignorance, and prejudice still find their way into public and private conversation. This negative focus often overshadows the untold stories of positive, interdependent relationships between tribal entities and the communities in which they operate. So, let’s help change that! Continue reading

Submit Today – Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards

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We want to know how your organization has given back …
Submit today for this recognition program!

Dear Ravers,

Last year we were thrilled to launch a new awards program to recognize Tribal governments and their history of uncommon generosity and support in their communities…. the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards – Recognizing Organizations That Give Back to Their Communities, Employees and Customers.

Why? Despite over two decades of Tribal governments operating successful gaming organizations and other enterprises, contributing to Native and non-Native economies, anti-Indian gaming sentiment, ignorance and prejudice still find their way into public and private conversation. This negative focus often overshadows the untold stories of positive interdependent relationships between tribal entities and the communities in which they operate.  And few outside of these communities are aware of these success stories and the contributions of tribal casinos within their constituencies.

Our goal was to raise awareness, recognize current programs that highlight the hundreds of acts of giving that Tribal communities are participating in across the country, and share the learning.

ts-imagesThis past January (see slide show ), we acknowledged 17 properties for a total of 25 submissions. The stories that were shared were amazing — several entries included acknowledging veterans in their communities and in their casinos’ employment, and one entry highlighted a casino’s effort to purchase specialty off-road wheelchairs for veterans that don’t benefit from prosthetics. Another entry described how a tribe and their casino shut down their gaming operations for over two weeks to convert it into an a emergency operation center during one of the most destructive fires in the history of California – read more here.

And what about your Tribe and your Tribal casino? Isn’t it time for you to share the valuable work you’ve done?
We want to celebrate the hard work and acts of giving that you’ve done for your customers, your employees, and your communities. It’s as easy as logging in online and answering some questions about your special event or program.

Examples of events and programs that we consider to be “Spirit of Giving” programs would be
: employee recognition programs, volunteer building projects, sponsoring of higher education, or free health and wellness classes. It could also be community donations, environmental initiatives, preserving Native American culture, youth, elder and veteran programs, creation of community gardens … well, you get the picture.

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Recognizing Tribal Organizations that Give Back to their Communities

What have Tribal Organizations done for their communities, employees and customers?
A lot more than you’d ever know …

Despite over two decades of Tribal governments operating successful gaming organizations and other enterprises, contributing to Native and non-Native economies, anti-Indian gaming sentiment, ignorance and prejudice still find their way into public and private conversation.

2-Black Oak - Action Track Chair Presentation to Veteran Gary BoydThis negative focus often overshadows the untold stories of positive interdependent relationships between tribal entities and the communities in which they operate.  And few outside of these communities are aware of these success stories and the contributions of tribal casinos within their constituencies.

A new awards program was created to recognize Tribal governments and their history of uncommon generosity and support in their communities.  Through this program, the goal is to raise awareness, recognize current programs that highlight the hundreds of acts of giving Tribal communities are participating in across the country and share the learning.

TwinPineFirePhotoOn January 27, seventeen organizations were honored at the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards: Recognizing Organizations That Give Back to Their Communities, Employees and Customers during Raving’s 18th Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference, at Harrah’s Resort Southern California.

Tribal organizations (governments and gaming operations) were asked to submit programs and events that were implemented in 2015 that specifically gave back to employees, communities and customers.  The judging criteria was not based on revenue measurement, but on overall awareness, impact, long term benefits, overall value and participation.

Several entries included acknowledging veterans in their communities and in their casinos’ employment, and one entry highlighted a casino’s effort to purchase specialty off-road wheelchairs for veterans that don’t benefit from prosthetics (top photo, by Black Oak Casino Resort). Another entry described how a tribe and their casino shut down their gaming operations for over two weeks to convert into a emergency operation center during one of the most destructive fires in the history of California (bottom photo, by Twin Pine Casino). Several submissions shared how their community and employees were instrumental in raising thousands of dollars and creating awareness for well known organizations such as the Meals on Wheels, American Heart Association, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Continue reading

Submit Today – New Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards Program

We want to know how your organization has given back …
Submit today for this new recognition program!

Tribal Spirit of Giving AwardsDear Ravers,

Tribal governments have a history of uncommon generosity and support in their communities. However, few outside of these communities are often aware of these success stories, and the valuable work that is being accomplished. It’s not only critical to acknowledge these efforts for public understanding, but it’s also key to inspiring and leading other tribal communities.

This year, we’re proud to launch a NEW recognition program that looks at the very important and critical ways that your organization gives value to your employees, customers and your community.

Introducing the Tribal Spirit of Giving Awards – Recognizing Organizations That Give Back to Their Communities, Employees and Customers.

It’s time for you to share your stories NOW – it’s important.
We want to celebrate the hard work and acts of giving that you’ve done for your customers, your employees, and your communities. Listen to my audio message here about why you should submit.

The submission process is painless, honestly. Simply download the  easy PDF form and fill in the blanks – about 1,000 words total explaining your program.

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