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Jonodev Chaudhuri

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Jonodev O. Chaudhuri has extensive experience representing tribal nations, tribal citizens, corporations, and individual clients on issues relating to regulation, commercial litigation, gaming, governance, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and economic development. Having spent his entire career serving tribal nations and Native communities in various policy, legal, and judicial capacities, he possesses a deep understanding of the connection between the development of strong governmental institutions and tribal self-determination.

He served as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission from 2013-2019, nominated by President Obama in 2013 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2015. During his tenure as NIGC Chairman, Chaudhuri oversaw the $32.4B Indian gaming industry, comprised of approximately 500 gaming facilities, operated by 244 tribal nations across 29 states.

Jonodev has served as Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In his 20+ year legal career, he has practiced in federal, state, and tribal courts across the country, and he has served as a judge for 5 tribal nations, including serving as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the highest court of the fourth largest tribe in the nation. His professional background also includes serving as a community organizer, adjunct professor, public defender, legal services director, and author. 
Since 2019, Jonodev has served as Ambassador for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. He also represents select clients on matters supporting Indian country self-sufficiency and sovereignty in his role as Principal at Chaudhuri Law. 

He speaks today in his personal capacity.