US Regulatory Perspective: Penny Coleman

The retirement of Penny Coleman tomorrow as acting general counsel for the body that oversees tribal gaming is set to mark the end of an era at the National Indian Gaming Commission.In the heat of the summer of 1981, Penny Coleman arrived in Washington, DC from South Dakota, put on the only business suit she owned and started knocking on doors on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Interior.

“It was a J.C. Penney wool suit,” she said. “I was a single mom, and I needed a job.”

Twenty-nine summers later, Coleman plans to retire on Friday as one of the most influential figures in the history of the National Indian Gaming Commission (or NIGC). 

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