Interior Department Appoints Bryan Newland to Serve as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Interior Department Appoints Bryan Newland to Serve as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

The Department of the Interior today announced additional members of the agency leadership team, including Bryan Newland for Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs (ASIA).

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 nature photography enthusiast.

The agency also announced Daniel Cordalis will serve as the Deputy Solicitor for Water. Daniel has more than a decade of experience working on natural resource and complex water and land management issues on behalf of Tribal governments and conservation groups. Daniel most recently worked in private practice. He previously was an attorney with Earthjustice, the Yurok Tribe, and clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court and the Native American Rights Fund. After graduating from Rice University, Daniel received a M.A. focused on hydrology and a J.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Raised in southwest Colorado, Daniel is a Navajo Tribal member and lives with his family outside Arcata, California.

The agency also issued the following statement:

“As we work to advance President Biden’s vision for a clean energy future that creates good-paying jobs, protects the environment, and powers our nation, we are thrilled to welcome our newest teammates. The diverse experiences of our staff will help us address the four intersecting challenges that the president has made a priority for his administration: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change — all of which disproportionately impact Tribal communities with whom we have a critical trust responsibility,”

Senate ENR Committee Schedules Haaland Nomination Hearing

Senate ENR Committee Schedules Haaland Nomination Hearing

Today, The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources announced the hearing on the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior will be held on Tuesday, February 23, at 9:30 AM ET.

Members of the committee can participate in person or online. The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.