Senate Confirms Sequoyah Simermeyer to serve as Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission >>

December 30th, 2019

Senate Confirms Sequoyah Simermeyer to serve as Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission

On November 21, the Senate confirmed the nomination of E. Sequoyah Simermeyer to serve as Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) for a term of three years.

Prior to his nomination, Simermeyer served as a Commissioner and the Director of Self-Regulation for the NIGC, where he worked with federal, state, and tribal bodies on national gaming regulatory policy and compliance as well as self-regulation petitions.

Simermeyer formerly advised the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Counselor to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. He also advocated on national and international policy issues with the National Congress of American Indians. He holds a law degree from Cornell Law School.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) congratulated Simermeyer on his confirmation, stating, “Mr. Simermeyer’s legal experience and knowledge of Indian gaming enables him to effectively oversee the NIGC and uphold the integrity of the commission.”

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