Nominated by President Obama, Tracie Stevens needs Senate approval for a three-year term

Tracie Stevens, an enrolled member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington state, is President Barack Obama’s choice for chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Stevens’ nomination needs Senate approval. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing on the nomination, but no date has been set yet, a committee spokesman said.

Stevens has been the senior advisor to Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk at the U.S. Department of Interior since July 2009.

Stevens spent almost 15 years working for the Tulalip Tribe in both government and business operations. As senior policy analyst with the tribe’s government affairs office, she managed day-to-day operations, including overseeing external public affairs and lobbying functions, carried out advocacy and networking efforts, and served on state, regional and national Indian gaming-related boards and committees. She previously had served as a legislative policy analyst in the government affairs office working on tribal sovereignty, treaty rights and tribal governance issues.

She is a former chair of the Gaming Subcommittee for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, a former secretary of the board of directors for the Washington Indian Gaming Association and a Northwest delegate to the National Indian Gaming Association.

If confirmed, she will serve a three-year term at the helm of the three-member NIGC, which overseas tribal gaming under authority of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.