The Trump administration still has not appointed the leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but John Tahsuda, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe, joined the BIA in September to serve as the principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs.
Tahsuda, an attorney, is no stranger to tribal issues in Washington, D.C. He worked for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs under Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and retired Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) between 2001 and 2007.
Since 2007, Tahsuda has been in charge of the tribal affairs practice at Navigators Global, a Washington lobbying, management and communications firm. His clients have included the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association and the Osage Nation’s gaming enterprise.