Former Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who in 1992 became the first Native American elected to the Senate in 60 years, has registered as lobbyist for the National Indian Gaming Association.

He will tackle issues such as casino regulation, Internet gambling, constitutional protection for tribal governments, taxation and economic development.

Campbell, the son of a Portuguese immigrant and a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, served in the Senate for a dozen years and did a six-year stint in the House.

At Ben Nighthorse Consultants, which is in Pueblo, he is assisted by former chief of staff David Devendorf.

The NIGA represents 184 tribes. Indian gaming generated $26.2B in revenues and $3.2B in hospitality/entertainment-related revenues in 2009, according to the Assn.ís website.