President of the United States, Donald Trump, has officially nominated Sequoyah Simermeyer (pictured) to oversee the multi-billion-dollar tribal gaming industry as Chairman for the United States Department of the Interior’s National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).
According to a Tuesday press release from the Unites States Department of the Interior, Simermeyer is a member of North Carolina’s state-recognized Coharie Tribe and currently serves as the Associate Commissioner for the NIGC.
Before joining the ranks of the NIGC in November 2015, the announcement detailed that Simermeyer worked as an advisor to the Chairman for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs where he helped draft legislative proposals and reports that advanced this body’s work on tackling issues facing tribal nations. The communiqué explained that the quadragenarian holds a law degree from Cornell University and also previously served as a counselor for United States Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Carl Artman, during the administration of President, George W Bush.
If subsequently confirmed to his new post by the United States Senate, Simermeyer is set to replace Jonodev Chaudhuri, who resigned last month after a record six years in the role, and hold sway over some 512 licensed tribal gaming establishments that posted aggregated gross gaming revenues of over $32 billion in 2017.
David Bernhardt, Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior, used the press release to describe Simermeyer as ‘the ideal candidate for this position’ subsequent to urging members of the United States Senate to ‘confirm him quickly.’
Bernhardt’s statement read…
“Sequoyah Simermeyer has a wealth of experience on tribal issues working in different executive and legislative branch capacities.”
This praise was echoed by the current Chairman for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, senior North Dakota Senator, John Hoeven, who used his portion of the press release to proclaim that Simermeyer’s ‘years of experience’ qualify him to lead the NIGC.
“We appreciate the President quickly nominating a new Chairman for the NIGC. We look forward to hearing about Mr Simermeyer’s vision for the NIGC during the confirmation process.”