The National Indian Gaming Commission, the federal agency charged with overseeing tribal gaming in the U.S., has named a new chief of staff to Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri and a new general counsel.
Chaudhuri announced his selection of Shannon O’Loughlin, citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, as chief of staff. O’Loughlin will lead the day-to-day management of NIGC operations, including compliance, finance, public affairs and the recently created technology divisions.
In addition, O’Loughlin will provide support in implementing the commission’s priorities, which include execution of the agency’s oversight duties, maintaining the NIGC’s commitment to training and tribal consultation and continuing to strengthen dialogue and relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
Chaudhuri also announced Eric Shepard as the NIGC general counsel. Shepard has been acting general counsel since September 2012. He will continue to provide legal oversight, guidance and assistance to the commission.
Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Shepard was the attorney general for the Colorado River Indian Tribes, for more than a decade.