Mr. John Tahsuda III was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs by Secretary Ryan Zinke in September 2017.  He was previously a Principal at Navigators Global, where he led the tribal affairs practice. He was also Vice President at Navigators LLC. The tribal affairs practice provided Indian clients with advocacy and counsel on a range of tribal affairs policy issues at the state and federal level, including gaming, tax initiatives, tobacco sales, land-into-trust issues, health care, economic development, energy policy, federal recognition, and self-governance. He also served as policy advisor for the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. Prior to Navigators, Mr. Tahsuda was Senior Legal Counsel for Senator Ben Night Horse Campbell and Staff Director for Senator John McCain when they Chaired the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and was engaged in private practice providing legal and legislative consulting services to Tribes. Most recently, he was staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Tahsuda was responsible for federal policy and legislation affecting gaming, federal recognition, self-governance, and Indian health care. Prior to joining the committee, Mr. Tahsuda was engaged in private practice, providing legal advice and legislative consulting to Indian tribes and tribal organizations. From 1999 through 2000, Mr. Tahsuda was General Counsel and Legislative Director of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). Prior to joining NIGA, Mr. Tahsuda was the acting General Counsel for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York where his responsibilities included overseeing the legal needs of the nation and its business enterprises.

From 1997 through 2001, Mr. Tahsuda served as an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School and taught courses on federal Indian law, policy and history. He is a Member of Tribal Board of Advisors at TFA Capital Partners. He received a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University.