A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Jewell Swears in Associate Commissioners of National Indian Gaming Commission
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Secretary Jewell poses with Associate Commissioners Daniel Little and Jonodev Chaudhuri after the ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Associate Commissioners Daniel Little and Jonodev Chaudhuri pose together after their swearing-in. Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann
Today, Secretary Jewell participated in a swearing in ceremony for Jonodev Chaudhuri (Muscogee Creek) and Daniel Little, Associate Commissioners for the National Indian Gaming Commission. Little previously served on the Commission, and was sworn in for a second three-year term. Chaudhuri was recently nominated by Secretary Jewell to join Little and outgoing Chairwoman, Tracie Stevens (Tulalip).
“Mr. Chaudhuri's extensive background and experience across a broad spectrum of Native American issues makes him highly qualified for this position,” said Secretary Jewell. “His perspective in legal affairs and organizational administration will enrich the Commission's deliberations and contribute to informed decisions that promote economic well-being for Indian country.”
Prior to joining the NIGC, Chaudhuri served as senior counselor to the Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. In this position he focused on a wide range of national policy issues, including economic development, tribal recognition and Indian gaming. Chaudhuri also served as a judge on four different tribal courts including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's highest court.
Chaudhuri graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and has a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
The National Indian Gaming Commission is committed to the prompt and efficient regulation of the Indian gaming industry, which spans more than 420 gaming establishments, associated with nearly 240 tribes across 28 states. The Commission's dedication to compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act ensures the integrity of the $27 billion Indian gaming industry. For more information, visit www.nigc.gov.