Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle has named Matthew Shunkamolah as interim Gaming Commissioner for the tribe’s gaming enterprise.

Red Eagle made the announcement in a Dec. 2 executive message to the Second Osage Nation Congress and Speaker Jerri Jean Branstetter.

Shunkamolah’s gaming work experience includes serving as lead investigator and compliance officer for the Comanche Nation Gaming Commission in Lawton for a year, according to the tribe’s Web site.

“It was my duty to uphold and enforce the laws and regulations set forth by the NIGC and the Comanche Nation,” he said in a statement from the Executive Branch. “My duties also included conducting investigations in crimes against the casino.”

Shunkamolah was previously employed as a shift manager at the Nation’s Million Dollar Elm Casino in Hominy.

His first job in gaming regulations and investigations was with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona where he served as a tribal gaming office inspector.

Shunkamolah graduated in 2004 with his bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. He majored in government with a minor in criminal justice.

Shunkamolah’s appointment will be subject to Congressional confirmation during the next regular session of Congress, according to the Osage Constitution. His first day as Gaming Commissioner will be Dec. 13.


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