Lunchtime Speaker - George T. Skibine, Counsel, SNR Denton, Washington, DC
"Perspective from 35 Years of Federal Service for Native Americans at the Department of the Interior"
George Skibine is counsel in the Public Policy and Regulation and Native American Law and Policy practices. Prior to joining SNR Denton, Skibine spent his career with the U.S. Department of the Interior in various capacities, including serving as Deputy Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs, Director of the Office of Indian Gaming, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development (Indian Affairs), Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Acting Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission and Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Most recently he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary–Management (Indian Affairs), where he was responsible for ensuring that all Indian Affairs’ organizations were in compliance with federal laws and regulations related to employment, and where he oversaw the development of the Indian Affairs’ yearly budget, audits, information technology, construction and facilities program, and financial management. Skibine has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, especially in the areas of Class III gaming compacts, revenue allocation plans for the distribution of per-capita payments and provisions pertaining to gaming on newly acquired lands. In addition, Skibine has been extensively involved in the federal acknowledgment process, contracting under the Indian Self-Determination Act, compacting under the Tribal Self-Governance Act, the land-into-trust process and tribal government matters. He is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.
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