US Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Chaudhuri Nomination to Chair National Indian Gaming Commission

US Committee on Indian Affairs to consider nomination of Jonodev Osceola Chaudhun

US Committee on Indian Affairs to consider nomination of Jonodev Osceola Chaudhun

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri (Muscogee Creek) to be chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Chauduri was nominated to be chairman of the Commission by President Barack Obama in July 2014.

Capitol BuildingChauduri is currently the acting chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. He is one of three commissioners responsible for regulating more than 420 American Indian gaming facilities in 28 states among some 240 tribes.

He was appointed commissioner of  the National Indian Gaming Commission by the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on September 4, 2013 for a three-year term.

Prior to his appointment as acting chairman at the National Indian Gaming Commission, he served as Senior Counselor to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, where he provided guidance and assistance on a wide range of national policy issues, including Indian gaming, economic development, energy, Alaska affairs, and tribal recognition.

Chaudhuri graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, New York. Previous to his work in Washington, he   served as a judge on five different tribal courts, including serving his tribe as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court.  Acting Chairman Chaudhuri’s professional background also includes work as a community organizer, adjunct professor, and author.

WHAT: Nomination Hearing of Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri to become chairman of National Indian Gaming Commission

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

WITNESS: Mr. Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri,Vice Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission

Live video and witness testimony will be provided on theCommittee’s website.

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