Michael Black, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, will continue to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Only difference now is that it’s official.
Black has held the job on an interim basis since March, but now has been officially given the agency’s top spot, reports Ledyard King of the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader, here:
“I am deeply honored to have been offered this opportunity to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” Black said in a statement. “I want to express my appreciation to (Interior) Assistant Secretary (Larry) Echo Hawk for his confidence and to affirm my commitment to strengthening the BIA’s mission of service to Indian Country.”
Tribes from reservations in the Dakotas hailed the move. “A good deal” is how Michael Jandreau, chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, termed it, calling Black “pretty sensible and pretty open-minded.”
And Rosebud Sioux Tribe Chairman Rodney Bordeaux says that Black “knows our needs out here. Oftentimes, our needs on the Great Plains and in the Rocky Mountain Region are overlooked in favor of the smaller tribes and self-governance tribes.”
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