Printed November 21, 2019
WASHINGTON – E. Sequoyah Simermeyer has been confirmed by america Senate to function Chair of the Nationwide Indian Gaming Fee (NIGC) for a time period of three years.
The announcement was made by the workplace of Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
“The Senate has confirmed Mr. Simermeyer, which can allow him to proceed the work of regulating and monitoring tribal gaming,” mentioned Hoeven. “Mr. Simermeyer’s authorized expertise and data of Indian gaming allows him to successfully oversee the NIGC and uphold the integrity of the fee.”
Previous to be nominating this previous July for the publish, he served as a Commissioner and the Director of Self-Regulation for the Nationwide Indian Gaming Fee, the place Simermeyer labored with federal, state, and tribal our bodies on nationwide gaming regulatory coverage and compliance in addition to self-regulation petitions.
Simermeyer previously suggested the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and served because the Deputy Chief of Employees and as a Counselor to the Division of the Inside’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. He additionally advocated on nationwide and worldwide coverage points with the Nationwide Congress of American Indians and holds a regulation diploma from Cornell Legislation Faculty.
The NIGC has jurisdiction over 512 licensed gaming institutions operated by 246 Indian Tribes in 29 States. In fiscal 12 months (FY) 2018, tribal gaming revenues had been roughly $33.7 billion, the very best in Indian gaming historical past. The NIGC at present has roughly 114 full-time staff in seven regional places of work with an annual finances of $25 million in FY 2019. The NIGC finances is funded by way of charges paid by tribal gaming operations and will be as much as 0.080% of gross gaming income pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The Committee has jurisdiction to contemplate the nomination of the NIGC Chair and permitted Mr. Simermeyer’s nomination on July 31, 2019.
For extra data on the NIGC, click on right here.