NIGC Chair Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri
September 2013 to Present
Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri (Muscogee (Creek)) is Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). The NIGC is the primary federal agency responsible for regulating and ensuring the integrity of the $28 billion Indian gaming industry, consisting of more than 450 Indian gaming facilities, associated with nearly 242 tribes across 28 states. Chair Chaudhuri brings to the NIGC extensive policy, legal, and judicial experience and a lifelong commitment to serving the Native American community. His varied experiences each stem from his understanding of the connection between the development of strong governmental institutions and Native American self-determination.
Prior to his designation as Acting Chair by President Obama in October 2013, he served as Associate Commissioner and Vice Chair. Chair Chaudhuri was initially appointed to the Commission by the Secretary of Interior in September of 2013. Prior to joining the NIGC, Chair Chaudhuri was 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.
He has practiced law for over a decade, primarily in private practice serving tribes and tribal entities. Additionally, Chair Chaudhuri has served as a judge on five different tribal courts, including serving his tribe as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court. Chair Chaudhuri’s professional background also includes work as a community organizer, adjunct professor, and author.
Chair Chaudhuri graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree from Dartmouth College, N.H. and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, N.Y.