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Tracy Burris

2021 Distinguished Alumni

B.S. Geography '91


Tracy Burris graduated with a B.S. in geography from OSU in 1991 and went to work for the Chickasaw Nation as a program planner. He served as Gaming Commissioner of the Chickasaw Nation from 1993 – 2008 and joined the Viejas Tribal Government as Gaming Commissioner from July 2008-12. He served on several tribal gaming commissions as a commissioner and advisor, and he returned to Viejas tribe from 2015-19 and is currently Executive Director of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Office Public Gaming.

He served on the National Indian Gaming Association Executive Committee from 1995-2008 and served as the Treasurer of NIGA 2006-08. He has also been a long-time board member of Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, having served as vice chairman in 1995-96, chairman from 1996-2003, and as an executive delegate at large from 2003-07.  

He served as a board member for the National Tribal Gaming Commissioner/Regulators Association as the gaming advisor to the State of Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. He also served on the first and third National Indian Gaming Commission’s MICS advisory committees. 

He has spoken and written about gaming regulation and the gaming industry. He has provided testimony three times before the Senate Committee on Indians affairs on Class II and Class III gaming issues and on other occasions provided testimony before the NIGC field hearings on Class II and Class III gaming issues.  

He worked on with the California Tribal/State Regulators Association Task Force on CGCC-8. 

He is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He has three children and two grandchildren.

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