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.