John Tahsuda is a principal of Navigators Global based out of the Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Tahsuda leads Navigators Global's tribal affairs practice that provides 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.

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.

Mr. Tahsuda is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He received a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University.


  • Principal
  • Specializes in Tribal Affairs
  • Member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
  • A 13-year advocate and advisor to Indian tribes and tribal organizations
  • Former staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian affairs