A fixture in Native American politics, Mark Macarro has led as the tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Southern California for nearly 15 years. Apart from his responsibilities as chairman, Mark Macarro serves on the board of the National Indian Gaming Association.
The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) was originally formed in 1985 and consists of 184 federally recognized tribes. Based in Washington, DC, it is the foremost advocate for Indian gaming interests in the United States and works hand-in-hand with Congress and other key stakeholders on issues and policy decisions that could potentially impact Indian gaming enterprises.
The primary goal of NIGA is to ensure that its member tribes have the opportunity to operate gaming enterprises through which tribes can achieve self-sufficiency. NIGA is also an important voice on all issues pertaining to the sovereignty of Indian nations and the protection of their tribal lands.