Contributor Profile

Chris Stearns

Job TitleCommissioner

Company NameWA State Gambling Commission

Chris Stearns, Navajo, is Of Counsel to the national Indian law firm of Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker and serves as Commissioner and past Chairman of the Washington State Gambling Commission, the second oldest gambling regulatory agency in the nation. Chris is also a candidate for City Council in his current home town of Auburn, WA. Chris has served as Democratic Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources where he oversaw national legislation on gaming, tribal self-governance, health care, and energy. He was appointed by President Clinton as the first-ever Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy where he served under Secretary Bill Richardson. Chris also served as Deputy Counsel for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 2000, Chris was selected to serve as the North Dakota State Presidential Campaign Director for Vice President Al Gore. Chris also served four years as the political advisor to the President of the National Congress of American Indians. Chris is the President of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Indian Health Board. He also served two terms as Chairman of the City of Seattle's Human Rights Commission where he led efforts on police accountability, on jobs assistance legislation for people with criminal records, and testified before the United Nations on indigenous rights. Chris is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Williams College, and the Lawrenceville School.

Conference Sessions

  • Sports Betting In Indian Country: The Rules, Regulations and Best Practices for Tribal Gaming

    October 16, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Titian 2301

    Regulations exist and although we don't want to reinvent the wheel, this is no place for a cut a paste approach. Exploring existing regulation, learning from th...

    • Language: English

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