GGB PODCAST: Chief Richard Sneed, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

This week the GGB Podcast features a discussion with Richard Sneed, the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from North Carolina on the diversification of the tribal economy, which features the purchase of Caesars Southern Indiana, which the tribe will also operate.

Richard Sneed was elected vice chairman of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 2015 and principal chief in 2017, and re-elected in 2019. Sneed is dedicated to diversification of the tribal economy and has led an effort to enter commercial gaming, which has occurred with the purchase of Caesars Southern Indiana. Sneed also explains how the tribal casinos responded to the pandemic and why the Cherokees opposed the opening a casino by the South Carolina-based Choctaw Band in North Carolina. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros via Zoom from his North Carolina office in June.

GGB Podcast sponsored by Konami.

Articles by Author: Roger Gros

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry’s leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows.
Roger Gros is the author of the best-selling book, "How to Win at Casino Gambling" (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named “Businessman of the Year” for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012 as part of the annual AGA Communications Awards.