[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 149 (Friday, August 2, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 47003]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18601]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of the Secretary

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Proposed Appointment to the National Indian Gaming Commission

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act provides for a three-person 
National Indian Gaming Commission. One member, the Chair, is appointed 
by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two 
associate members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. 
Before appointing members, the Secretary is required to provide public 
notice of a proposed appointment and allow a comment period. Notice is 
hereby given of the proposed appointment of Jonodev Chaudhuri as an 
associate member of the National Indian Gaming Commission for a term of 
3 years.

DATES: Comments must be received before September 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to the Director, Office of the 
Executive Secretariat, United States Department of the Interior, 1849 C 
Street NW., Mail Stop 7229, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Shepard, National Indian Gaming 
Commission, 1441 L Street NW., Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20005; 
telephone (202) 754-2565.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. 
2701 et seq., established the National Indian Gaming Commission 
(Commission), composed of three full-time members. Commission members 
serve for a term of 3 years. The Chair is appointed by the President 
with the advice and consent of the Senate. The two associate members 
are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Before appointing an 
associate member to the Commission, the Secretary is required to 
``publish in the Federal Register the name and other information the 
Secretary deems pertinent regarding a nominee for membership on the 
commission and . . . allow a period of not less than thirty days for 
receipt of public comments.'' 25 U.S.C. 2704(b)(2)(B).
    The Secretary proposes to appoint Jonodev Chaudhuri as an associate 
member of the Commission for a term of 3 years. Mr. Chaudhuri is well 
qualified to be a member of the National Indian Gaming Commission by 
virtue of his extensive background and experience in a broad spectrum 
of Native American issues.
    As an attorney in private practice and a judge on four different 
tribal courts, Mr. Chaudhuri has worked on issues related to gaming, 
economic development, and social welfare. His work as a community 
organizer and pro bono counsel for the Native American Community 
Organizing Project has given him experience with health care, housing, 
educational, and other social service needs of Native Americans. Mr. 
Chaudhuri also has years of experience in these areas as a teacher and 
presenter and further experience as a senior counselor to the Assistant 
Secretary for Indian Affairs.
    Mr. Chaudhuri's wide experience in community service, legal 
affairs, and organizational administration make him a highly qualified 
candidate for membership on the National Indian Gaming Commission. His 
broad perspective as a result of this experience will enrich the 
Commission's deliberations and contribute to informed decisions that 
promote economic well-being.
    Mr. Chaudhuri does not have any financial interests that would make 
him ineligible to serve on the Commission under 25 U.S.C. 2704(b)(5)(B) 
or (C).
    Any person wishing to submit comments on this proposed appointment 
of Jonodev Chaudhuri may submit written comments to the address listed 
above. Comments must be received by September 3, 2013.

    Dated: July 26, 2013.
Sally Jewell,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-18601 Filed 8-1-13; 8:45 am]
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