Area Man Appointed Assistant Secretary

Traverse City Record-Eagle: “Bay Mills man tapped for Department of Interior post

Radio News Network: “Upper Peninsula Man Sworn In As Assistant U.S. Interior Secretary

Bryan Newland Officially Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2021/08/07/senate-confirms-michigans-newland-lead-indian-affairs-interior-dept/7964165002/

Bryan is a double MSU grad, former tribal judge, former tribal chair, and a good friend. We are so happy for him to see the official confirmation.

MSU Alum Bryan Newland to Lead Indian Affairs in DOI

Here is the White House statement.

Bryan Newland, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior

Bryan Newland is a citizen of Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe), and was born and raised on the Bay Mills Reservation on the southern shore of Lake Superior.  He recently completed his tenure as the elected President of Bay Mills Indian Community, where he previously served as Chief Judge of the Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Court.  From 2009 to 2012, Newland served as a Counselor and Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs under President Obama.

Newland is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, with a certificate from the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.  He also received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.  He is married to Erica Newland, and they have two children – Graydon and Meredith.

HCN: “Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services”

Here.

An excerpt:

When Bryan Newland was 16, he got a job as a dishwasher at his tribe’s casino restaurant. In college, he carried golf bags for patrons at the casino course. Now the chairman of Bay Mills Indian Community, Newland was forced to announce on Wednesday that the tribal government could no longer pay the 400 people employed at Bay Mills casinos, golf courses, and other tribal businesses and departments closed due to COVID-19.

“I understand that many of you are angry, frustrated and scared,” Newland (Ojibwe) told tribal members in a Facebook video address on Wednesday. “You’re not alone in those feelings. The Small Business Administration has abandoned us, and it is failing Indian Country right now.”