Native American gaming group changes name to avoid problematic acronym

An association of tribes engaged in the casino and gambling industry has changed its name because the previous acronym of NIGA—if mispronounced—sounds like an offensive word.

The National Indian Gaming Association is now known as the Indian Gaming Association, with the acronym IGA. The new name was announced during the group’s trade show and convention April 20 in Anaheim, Calif., Native News Online reported.

“This has been in the works for a long time,” IGA Chair and spokesperson Ernie Stevens Jr. told Native News Online.

“People may misinterpret or even mispronounce our old acronym. We view it as a housekeeping item we wanted to clear up. We have never mispronounced our old acronym, but we wanted to clear it up,” Stevens said.  

The gaming association pronounced the previous acronym as “ny-ga,” according to news and review site Casino.org.

Association leader, former ASAE Chair Clarke Price dies

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This story was updated April 11 with additional information.

Clarke Price, who led the Ohio Society of CPAs for 22 years while earning a national reputation as an association leader and mentor, died April 5. He was 74.

Price was the 2008-2009 chair of ASAE’s board of directors. He retired in 2012 after 40 years with OSCPA, including two decades as CEO.

Michelle Mason, CEO of ASAE, said in a statement that Price was “a giant in the association management profession who left an indelible mark on our community. … Clarke was an inspiration to countless association professionals and generously devoted his time, wisdom and expertise to mentoring future leaders and ensuring the success of our profession.”

Price’s volunteer work encompassed chairing ASAE’s political action committee and education committee. He was selected as an ASAE Fellow in 1998.

His impact on the accounting profession was also recognized and lauded. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In his honor, the Clarke Price Accounting Scholarship was established with the Ohio CPA Foundation to assist non-traditional students and veterans who “exemplify the qualities and characteristics that reflect his legacy—leadership, innovation and commitment.”

“Clarke was a transformative leader for OSCPA and the profession for four decades,” OSCPA CEO Scott Wiley said in a statement. “More importantly, he was a good man, husband, father and servant of our nation. His impact on the profession is invaluable as CPAs years later are still benefitting from his work.”

Before joining OSCPA in 1972, Price was a public information specialist in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vicky Stoops Price, and their son A. Zachary Price. Memorial donations may be made to Franklin University, at Franklin.edu/Clarke, to fund student scholarships. Price was a graduate and former board chair of the Columbus, Ohio-based university.