Washington, January 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), E. sequoia shimmermeyer today announced the retirement of a longtime NIGC General Counsel. Michael Honigeffective January 27.
Hoenig joined NIGC in 2006. Over the past 16 years, he has held numerous roles in NIGC’s Office of General Counsel, including serving as General Counsel for the past seven years. The agency’s legal counsel’s unique responsibilities include client agencies that help the tribes foster defensible growth and protect industries critical to tribal government economies, while maintaining public confidence in federal agencies. including contributing to the efforts of
“Mike’s solution-oriented approach has helped institutionalize many new practices in the General Counsel’s office. It was important in attracting and building one of the best legal teams we had,” Schimmermeier said.
The agency’s longest serving general counsel, Hoenig has led the office through key moments in Indian gaming history. Even before the pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the industry, he played a key role in helping his NIGC manage emerging issues. Most recently, the rapid expansion of sports betting, his NIGC expert work navigating the agency’s compliance with multiple audits, and the emergence of a new cyber. Use of threats and technology to test the limits of the NIGC’s regulatory role.
“I am thrilled that Mike is pursuing new and well-deserved opportunities in the country of India. I miss being a respected speaker on so many,” Schimmermeier said.
Mr. Hoeing thanked his colleagues, fellow lawyers and NIGC staff for their hard work and dedication during his tenure.
“I leave NIGC with mixed feelings.I am privileged to serve alongside our wonderful staff in furthering the mission and purpose of the Indian Games Regulation Act to protect tribal games as one of their most important games. I am truly grateful for what I have been given and look forward to continuing that mission from a slightly different perspective in this new role with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Hoenig will leave the agency to work for Mission Indian’s San Manuel Band as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Gaming.
appointed by Schimmelmeyer Rhea Cisneros (Anishinaabe – Lac Courte Oreilles) Acting as General Counsel. Esther Diettler (Six Nations – Mohawk), Acting Associate General Counsel for the Agency, Sharon Avery (Anishinaabe – Saginaw Chippewa).
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