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Conrad joins Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs team

Photo caption: David Conrad is the new Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Courtesy Photo

David Conrad has recently joined the team for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney, as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. 

The Office of Public Affairs supports Sweeney’s office, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education by providing information on secretarial decisions and actions to news media and other entities interested in Indian Affairs via news releases, media relations, and the Indian Affairs website, according to BIA.gov.

Conrad will be the primary contact within Indian Affairs for journalists, writers, researchers and the public seeking general information about Indian Affairs’ bureaus, offices, programs and activities; American Indians and Alaska Natives; federally recognized tribes; federal Indian laws and policies; and the history of federal-tribal relations as they relate to Indian Affairs.

Osage from the Pawhuska District, Conrad has extensive experience in leadership roles in different organizations across Indian Country. He most recently served as the President for Osage Nation Environmental Solutions, LLC, and served on the entity’s board of directors. 

He has worked in the federal government at the Department of Energy, where he was Director for Intergovernmental Affairs (City, County, Tribal) and Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy. His duties included staffing the White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup, among others.

He also has tribal government experience, having previously worked for the Osage Nation as Executive Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Jim Gray administration; and at the Nez Perce Tribe as a policy analyst in their nuclear waste cleanup program. 

He has served in non-profit leadership roles as Executive Director of the National Tribal Environmental Council, where he was a member of the Green Group CEO’s and also volunteered to support the National Congress of American Indians’ Environment and Natural Resources Committee. He also served as the Environmental Program Director for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes.

In local government, Conrad’s experience was with the City of Seattle, where he was the Tribal and Legislative Liaison while also serving as a representative of the Mayor’s Office to the urban Native American community.

According to BIA.gov, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs assists and supports the Secretary of the Interior in fulfilling the United States’ trust responsibility to the Federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages and individual Indian trust beneficiaries, as well as in maintaining the Federal-Tribal government-to-government relationship.