Blue Stone Tribal Advisor Daniel J. Tucker is a renowned and respected Native American leader as well as one of the Nation’s leading advocates for tribal gaming rights. He currently serves as Chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), and as Vice Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).
Tucker’s dedication has been the driving force in making Native American gaming an essential component of local economies. Tucker led more than 70 California tribes in a quest to protect tribal gaming rights and pioneered the first successful tribal gaming legislation in California history to win bi-partisan support. The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has recognized him with the John Keefer Award for his tireless dedication to protecting tribal gaming. Tucker also played a vital role in the successful passage of Proposition 1A, which created an amendment to the California Constitution, ensuring Indian self-reliance in the state. He has worked with the White House and members of congress to achieve collaboration for tribal government gaming.
Tucker is the past Chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in San Diego. During his tenure, and with the help of others, he has administered and managed unprecedented growth of one of the largest gaming facilities in the state of California as well as the diversification of Sycuan’s business interests, including the hospitality and hotel development industry.
Tucker is a 1970 graduate of Santana High School. A true entertainer at heart, Tucker has a strong passion and talent for music. He currently resides on the Sycuan Reservation.