Casino Del Sol Resort Names New General Counsel

Monday, November 23

Oct. 23, 2015 – Casino Del Sol Resort, Tucson’s premier entertainment destination, named Amanda Sampson Lomayesva as general counsel. In this role, she will oversee and identify legal issues within all Casino Del Sol Resort departments. In addition, she will maintain corporate governance and business policy for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s entertainment enterprises including Casino Del Sol Resort and Casino of the Sun.

Prior to serving Casino Del Sol Resort, she served two years as the Chief Judge for the Hopi Tribe, as well as attorney general for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. As attorney general, she devoted time to working on numerous issues that affected the Yaquis, including land, water, gaming, code development and criminal justice.

“Amanda’s prior experience with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as well her vast legal skills, made her the right person to take on the oversight of legal compliance for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s gaming properties,” said Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO of Casino Del Sol Resort. “Her remarkable talent plus her knowledge of Indian law and civic leadership will allow her to justly serve the members of this Tribe, its employees and customers.”

During Lomayesva’s tenure as attorney general for the Pascua Yaquis, the Tribe became one of three entities in a pilot program to implement the expanded tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2013. Lomayesva felt privileged to work towards this historic early implementation by advocating in congress for the VAWA’s passage, drafting code revisions for the Tribe’s compliance and working to educate the community on the new law.

She has successfully argued at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. She is also a member of the State Bars of Arizona and California. She recently concluded service as the State Bar appointee to the Board of Directors of DNA Legal Services, where she served as board president. She is a member of the State Bar’s Indian Law Section Executive Committee and was recently selected as a Flinn-Brown Fellow in the 2015 cohort for the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

Lomayesva is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California Berkeley, and at UCLA, she received her Juris Doctorate plus an M.A. in American Indian Studies.