U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell last month announced that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn, after more than three years of leadership, will conclude his service to the department and return to the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary Lawrence Roberts will lead Indian Affairs for the remainder of the Obama administration.
“Kevin is a tireless change agent for Indian Country and true partner in our efforts to chart a brighter future for tribal communities through self-determination and self-governance,” Jewell said. “He is a thoughtful leader who provided a steady hand to modernize Indian Affairs to better serve tribes, which will be felt by generations to come in tribal communities across the country.”
Following Washburn’s departure, Roberts will serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs beginning in January. Roberts is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and has served in leadership at Interior since 2012. He previously served as general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission.