U.S. REPRESENTATIVE SANDER LEVIN APPOINTS EUGENE MAGNUSON TO TREASURY TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Serves as Treasurer for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
DOWAGIAC, Mich. – December 28, 2015 – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce that Pokagon Citizen Eugene Magnuson has been appointed as a member of the U.S. Department of Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) by U.S. Representative Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member. TTAC, established under the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014, will advise the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on Tribal taxation issues in Indian Country and help establish training and education programs for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) field agents who work with Tribal governments.
“Mr. Magnuson has been a leader on economic and tax issues in Indian Country for years, and he is uniquely qualified to serve as a member of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee,” said Rep. Levin. “Given his extensive knowledge and experience in business development and working with Tribal governments, Mr. Magnuson will provide valuable firsthand insight to the Treasury Secretary as the agency strengthens its work with Tribes. I am confident that his diverse background will serve both him and Treasury well and I look forward to working with him in this role.”
"I am honored to be able to serve on the Tribal Advisory Committee to implement the provisions of the General Welfare Exclusion Act,” said Mr. Magnuson. “I want to thank Congressman Levin for his support and commitment to Indian Country, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the advisory committee to develop provisions that will improve the quality of life for Indian people."
Mr. Magnuson currently serves as Treasurer for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan, and has
maintained an active role in the Tribe’s economic activity for several years. He has also served as Chairman of the Mno-Bmadsen Economic Development Board for the Pokagon Band since 2009. Prior to his service with the Pokagon Band, Mr. Magnuson gained valuable experience in a wide range of business environments, including grocery stores, hospitals, retail, food service, and gaming.
TTAC is comprised of seven total members: three appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and one each appointed by the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. More information on Treasury Tribal policy and the TTAC Charter is available at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/economic-policy/tribal-policy/Pages/Tribal-Policy.aspx.
About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,000 Citizens. The Pokagon Band’s ten county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford® in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac® in 2013. More information is available at http://www.pokagonband-nsn.gov.