• Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

    Bryan Newland is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe), where he recently completed his tenure as Tribal President. Prior to that, Bryan served as Chief Judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a Counselor and Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Michigan State University College of Law. Bryan enjoys hiking and kayaking the shores of Lake Superior, and is a…

  • Director - Bureau of Indian Affairs

    Darryl LaCounte, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, is the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. LaCounte was named the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on April 28, 2019 and had served as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from April 26, 2018. He began his federal career in 1988 at the Bureau’s Wind River Agency in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, as an oil and…

  • Director - Bureau of Indian Education

    Tony Dearman, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is the director of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Bureau of Indian Education implements federal Indian education programs and funds 183 elementary and secondary day and boarding schools serving approximately 48,000 students. As the director, Dearman oversees the operation of two post- secondary schools, and administers grants for 29 tribally controlled colleges and…

  • Director - Bureau of Trust Funds Administration

    Jerry Gidner, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe, is the Director of the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration.

    Mr. Gidner brings a wealth of relevant experience to his role as Director. He has served throughout the Department in a variety of capacities: Director of BIA, Deputy Bureau Director for Indian Services, Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, Deputy Associate Bureau Director for Post-Secondary Education at the Bureau of Indian Education,…