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McGrath Appoints Flathead Tribal Member to Gambling Council

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath has appointed S. Kevin Howlett of Pablo to serve a three-year term on the Gaming Advisory Council.

Howlett currently is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council. He also has served as a tribal education director, a federal health administrator and as a teacher. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana, Howlett received a Masters in Education from Harvard University. Howlett has long been involved in public policy issues in Montana, focusing on education and Native American issues.

“Kevin will give an important perspective to the Council,” McGrath said. “I look forward to working with him.”

Howlett replaces Joe Plumage of Billings as the Native American representative on the Gaming council.

The Gaming Advisory Council was created in 1989 to study all aspects of gambling in Montana, to review and comment on administrative rules proposed by the Department of Justice’s Gambling Control Division, and to make recommendations to the department and the Legislature on gambling-related matters.

Under state law, the council is made up of nine members: one each from the Senate and the House of Representatives, one public member, two local government representatives, one Native American representative and three gaming industry representatives. The legislative members are selected by legislative leaders, and the attorney general appoints the remaining members.

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