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Jonodev Chaudhuri Quoted in “He got demoted’: Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House”

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Jonodev Chaudhuri, the chairman of the Indian Law and Policy Group at the Quarles and Brady firm, also voiced concerns. Putting the Council on Native American Affairs under the auspices of one agency diminishes the gains tribal leaders have made in elevating the government-to-government relationship, he said.

Through regular events like the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, which hasn't taken place since Trump entered office more than three years ago, leaders of every federal agency, department, office and bureau committed to upholding the entire government's commitment to Indian Country, which the U.S. Supreme Court has described as moral obligations of the highest responsibility and trust. The latest announcement from Washington muddies the waters.

“A powerful cornerstone of prior White House Tribal Nations Conferences before they were placed in moratorium was that Cabinet members and agency heads regularly acknowledged that the federal trust responsibility extends to all agencies and every corner of the federal government," Chaudhuri, who served as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission during the later part of the Barack Obama presidency and through the early years of the Trump era, told Indianz.Com. "Engagement by the White House was and is critical to this message."

"It is very reasonable for tribal nations to be concerned whenever the trust responsibility appears to be relegated only to Interior,” Chaudhuri, who like Fish is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, said of BIA's parent agency.