Published December 28, 2015
DOWAGIAC, MICHIGAN – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce that its treasurer, Eugene Magnuson, has been appointed as a member of the U.S. Department of Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee by U.S. Representative Sander Levin (D-Michigan), the Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member.
The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee, established under the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014, will advise the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on Tribal taxation issues in Indian Country and help establish training and education programs for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) field agents who work with Tribal governments.
“Mr. Magnuson has been a leader on economic and tax issues in Indian Country for years, and he is uniquely qualified to serve as a member of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee,” said Rep. Levin. “Given his extensive knowledge and experience in business development and working with Tribal governments, Mr. Magnuson will provide valuable firsthand insight to the Treasury Secretary as the agency strengthens its work with Tribes. I am confident that his diverse background will serve both him and Treasury well and I look forward to working with him in this role.”
“I am honored to be able to serve on the Tribal Advisory Committee to implement the provisions of the General Welfare Exclusion Act,” said Mr. Magnuson. “I want to thank Congressman Levin for his support and commitment to Indian Country, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the advisory committee to develop provisions that will improve the quality of life for Indian people.”
Magnuson has maintained an active role in the Tribe’s economic activity for several years. He has also served as Chairman of the Mno-Bmadsen Economic Development Board for the Pokagon Band since 2009. Prior to his service with the Pokagon Band, Mr. Magnuson gained valuable experience in a wide range of business environments, including grocery stores, hospitals, retail, food service, and gaming.
The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee is comprised of seven total members: three appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and one each appointed by the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee.