Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) held a business hearing to advance the nomination of Bryan Newland to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs (AS-IA). Mr. Newland’s nomination passed by voice vote and now moves to the Senate floor for a full vote, the last step in his confirmation process. This vote comes a little over a month after Mr. Newland testified before the Committee on June 9th. A full transcript of his testimony before the Committee can be found here.
Bryan is currently serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. If confirmed, Mr. Newland will be the Department’s highest-ranking Senate-confirmed official in Indian Affairs and has the solemn responsibility of maintaining the United States’ government-to-government relationship with sovereign Tribal Nations. He 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.
The National Indian Gaming Association will keep its Member Tribes updated on the progression of Mr. Newland’s nomination process and will work with the Senate to urge a swift confirmation of this important position for Indian Country. Please contact Danielle Her Many Horses at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns with this alert.