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Chaudhuri Joins Law Firm, Becomes Ambassador For Tribe

Chaudhuri Joins Law Firm, Becomes Ambassador For Tribe

Jonodev Chaudhuri, former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, will stay busy once he steps down, taking on two important new roles.

Chaudhuri has been hired to head an Indian law and policy group by the national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP.

“While I will dearly miss my incredible team at the NIGC and the important work we performed on behalf of Indian Country, I’m thrilled to be joining another incredible team at Quarles & Brady, a firm whose philosophy, resources and talented attorneys make it perfectly poised to profoundly impact the landscape of Indian Country in the years ahead,” Chaudhuri said in a news release.

Chaudhuri joined the NIGC in September 2013, first as its vice chair. He was later nominated to serve as chairman by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2015.

NIGC Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause will take over as interim chairwoman on May 16. She is a citizen of the Pueblo of Taos and has worked at the agency since March 2016.

In addition, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has named citizen Chaudhuri as the ambassador for the nation. The MCN ambassador will strengthen the nation’s sovereignty and allow for a sustained MCN presence in Washington, D.C.

The ambassador position was created to uphold the historic sovereign-to-sovereign relationship between MCN and the U.S. The ambassador will take part in federal executive and congressional discussions that affect MCN interests. It is difficult for MCN leadership to attend many of the meetings at the U.S. Capitol while still attending to the day-to-day operations of the nation.

“Now, more than ever, it is very important for us to have a voice in D.C. The nation needed an official on-site advocate,” MCN Principal Chief James Floyd said.


Feldman Joins UNLV IGI in Responsible Gaming Role

Alan Feldman, who spent 29 years as a senior executive with MGM Resorts International and Mirage Resorts, recently joined International Gaming Institute (IGI) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming. Feldman, whose appointment began May 1, will lead IGI’s responsible gaming efforts, including further developing programs and policies to advance knowledge and capabilities within the industry and regulatory community.

This fellowship will support IGI’s mission of promoting international best practices in responsible gaming at a time when integrated resorts are entering more jurisdictions than ever. IGI actively conducts responsible gaming research and related training programs, including a report and related work that led to the approval of integrated resorts in Japan.

Prior to his recent departure from MGM, Feldman spearheaded the launch of GameSense—an innovative, player-focused national responsible gambling program that encourages players to adopt behaviors and attitudes that can reduce the risk of developing gambling disorders.

Feldman continues to advise MGM on its ongoing efforts to improve the planning, development and implementation of responsible gaming policies and programs.