The Kalispel Tribal Gaming Agency is the regulatory body that works on behalf of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. TGA protects the assets of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians through regulatory compliance and enforcement; to ensure the honesty, integrity and safety of Northern Quest Resort & Casino employees and patrons.


  • Licensing-Staff perform pre-employment and on going background screening for issuance of a license or issuance of a work permit for all tribally owned businesses.
  • Internal Audit-Responsible for regulatory compliance through the performance of independent, objective audits and reviews of all activities under the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.
  • Agents-Tribal Gaming Agents perform regular compliance checks, investigate complaints or customer disputes and aim to limit losses and liabilities through a combination of prevention and monitoring to preserve the integrity of the gaming floor.


Shantel Nydegger, Executive Director

Ryan Francis, Tribal Gaming Agent Manager

Ben McDonald, Compliance & Internal Audit Manager

Abdean Smith, Licensing Manager

Nikki Bigsmoke, Licensing Agent

Nick Roberts, Licensing Agent

Licensing Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm

Closed daily from noon -12:45 pm and all tribal holidays

Phone 509-481-4120

Fax 509-481-4142

The Licensing entrance is located on the north side of the Human Resources Building

TGA Casino Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week