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NIGC finally gets third member

Daniel Little, a former employee of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, has officially become part of the three-member panel that oversees the National Indian Gaming Commission.

His title is associate commissioner. He now serves alongside acting chairman George Skibine, a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, and vice chairwoman Steffani Cochran, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Controversy stemmed over Little’s appointment in recent months, as questions were raised in national media outlets over whether he criticized President Barack Obama anonymously in online forums. Little denied doing so, and the White House stuck by him.

The commission has not been operating at full capacity since December 2007. Skibine’s acting chairmanship is due to expire soon, and Obama will have to nominate a permanent chair.