GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE
CARSON CITY — Speaking at the Intertribal Council of Nevada’s Annual Conference this morning, Governor Brian Sandoval announced he has appointed Ted Quasula, Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission, to serve as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. According to tribal representatives and State Archives, the appointment marks the first time in Nevada history that tribes will have formal representation at the Cabinet level.
“I am honored that Ted has agreed to serve on my cabinet,” Governor Sandoval said. “As Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission, Ted will bring a needed and important voice to my cabinet.”
A resident of Henderson and a member of the Hualapai Tribe of northern Arizona, Mr. Quasula is Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission, part of the new Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Currently general manager of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Quasula served for 26 years in the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Law Enforcement Services, rising through the ranks from field criminal investigator to director of the national program. Mr. Quasula was the Chief of Police for the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe from 2003 to 2007 and was appointed to the Indian Law and Order Commission in 2011 by President Obama. A graduate of the National Academy of the FBI and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University, Quasula holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in police science and administration from Northern Arizona University.
The Nevada Indian Commission was created in 1965 to study matters affecting the social and economic welfare and well-being of American Indians residing in Nevada, including matters and problems relating to Indian affairs and to federal and state control, responsibility, policy and operations affecting such Indians.
In addition to the Indian Commission, Governor Sandoval’s cabinet consists of the 19 departments in state government, the Lt. Governor and the Nevada System of Higher Education.