The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the appointments of Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, W. Ron Allen and Lacy Horn to serve on the Department’s Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) in late December.
TTAC responsibilities include advising the “Secretary on matters related to the taxation of Indians, the training of Internal Revenue Service field agents, and the provision of training and technical assistance to Native American financial officers,” according to a White House release.
The TTAC will eventually be a seven-person committee with Allen, Malerba and Horn being joined by four members that will be appointed by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance Committee, and the House of Representative Ways and Means Committee.
Malerba was appointed traditional leader of the Mohegan Tribe in 2010, a lifetime position. Malerba was elected secretary of the United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc. at the organization’s annual board of directors meeting in October of 2015. She serves as chairwoman of the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee of the federal Indian Health Service. Other committees Malerba sits on include the Justice Department’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, Tribal Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Health, and technical expert for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation as reported by ICTMN in December.
The wife and mother of two has also served as Mohegan Tribal Council Chairwoman, and as a member of the board of directors for the Mohegan Sun and Pocono Downs Casinos.
Upon her election as USET secretary, USET President Brian Patterson stated: “We are so honored and pleased to have a treasured and well esteemed leader like Chief Malerba join us…. She is highly educated, well-accomplished, energetic as a tribal leader. I think one of her greatest attributes is her passion to advance our tribal nations and promote their sovereignty, not just her own tribe, but all of Indian country.”
Patterson’s sentiments could carry over to her appointment to the TTAC.
Allen, chairman and chief executive officer of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, has transitioned the tribe from a landless reservation base to a land base of more than 1,200 acres. Chairman since 1977 and CEO since 1982, Allen also established several business enterprises to boost tribal economy. He served as president of the National Congress of American Indians from 1995-1999.
Horn currently serves as the Cherokee Nation treasurer, a position she has held since 2011. She oversees the Cherokee Nation’s more than $700 million budget and its array of general welfare programs. Horn has been an integral part in upgrading the tribe’s bond rating according to a Cherokee Nation press release. She also helped promote financial disclosure and transparency, while receiving numerous “Excellence in Financial Reporting” awards from the Government Finance Officers Association the release states.
Among her accolades are the Native American Financial Officers’ Association’s Tribal Executive Officer of the Year in 2014; and named to Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 under 40” list in 2012.
Her nomination for appointment to the TTAC was endorsed by a resolution passed by the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes in April 2015 the Cherokee release stated.
“Lacey Horn's experience and leadership will be an invaluable asset to the U.S. Treasury’s tribal committee,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “I applaud the agency for creating this advisory panel to better address the unique issue facing tribal governments and Native people. Treasurer Horn will be an advocate for growing the economic strength of Indian country, furthering understanding of sovereign tribal nations and enhancing the relationships between tribes and other governments.”
Horn previously worked at KPMG as a senior audit associate in financial services and in the internal audit and tax departments of Hunt Oil.
“Taxation of tribes and their members is a significant matter that deserves particular focus. I thank Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew for the appointment to this important advisory committee, and I look forward to working closely with him and the other tribal leaders who were appointed to the advisory committee,” Horn said in the Cherokee Nation release. “I am grateful to the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes for their support of Chief Baker’s nomination of me, recognizing that Oklahoma tribes have unique concerns related to taxation.”
The TTAC was established in keeping with the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014.