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John Tahsuda

Principal, Navigators Global

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As attention turns to the first Native American Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, John Tahsuda looks back on his time with Interior under the Trump administration where he served as principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs and senior counselor to the secretary. Tahsuda, who previously served as a staff member on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, takes a deep dive into the inner workings of the department and how its wide oversight over many federal issues makes it sometimes difficult to navigate. He explains how the department truly impacts the lives of individual groups and citizens in the U.S. and tribal nations. And he reviews the challenges ahead for the Biden administration. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his home office in Washington D.C. in April.