Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell last month appointed Jonodev Chaudhuri (Muscogee Creek) as associate commissioner of the National Indian Gaming Commission for a three-year term. Chaudhuri will join outgoing Chairwoman Tracie Stevens (Tulalip) and Associate Commissioner Daniel Little, who recently was reappointed to a second three-year term.
“Mr. Chaudhuri’s extensive background and experience in a broad spectrum of Native American issues make him highly qualified for this position,” said Jewell. “His perspective in legal affairs and organizational administration will enrich the commission’s deliberations and contribute to informed decisions that promote economic well-being for Indian Country.”
Prior to joining the NIGC, Chaudhuri served as senior counselor to the Department of the Interior’s assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. In this position, he focused on a wide range of national policy issues, including economic development, tribal recognition, energy and Indian gaming. Chaudhuri’s professional background includes almost a decade in private practice, work as a community organizer, and service as a judge on five different tribal courts, including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s highest court.