United Tribes NewsScott Davis named Indian Affairs Commission Director
PICKED FOR STATE POST BY GOVERNOR HOEVEN
21 April 2009
BISMARCK, ND - Governor John Hoeven has named Scott J. Davis (Hunkpapa Lakota/Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) as the state’s new Indian Affairs Commission Director.
“Scott’s focus on education, wellness and youth will serve the Tribes and the State of North Dakota well,” Hoeven said in a prepared release. “We look forward to working with him to strengthen our Native American communities and to help ensure that they share in the state’s economic growth.”
Davis has served in a number of capacities at United Tribes Technical College: as Development Officer, Wellness Activities Coordinator, Facilitator, and Adjunct Instructor for Introduction to Wellness Class. He has also served as Culture Committee Chairman and Powwow Committee Member. He has worked with the Student Senate and all campus departments, actively pursuing fundraising efforts in the private sector to advance the programs and activities at UTTC.
Davis worked for the Standing Rock Tribe on environmental quality issues and as a teacher’s aide at the Pierre Indian Learning Center and Turtle Mountain Community High School. In addition, he worked as a sales consultant for Northern Documents, a West Fargo company that produces labeling and bar coding products for private and public groups, including Indian Health Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal, state and local government agencies.
Davis holds an Associate of Arts degree from Haskell Indian Junior College, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mary, and he will graduate in May 2009 with a Master’s of Management from the University of Mary.
“I want to thank Governor Hoeven for his confidence in appointing me to this very important liaison position that serves the State and the Tribes of North Dakota,” Davis said. “The Governor understands the importance of building government to government relationships with the North Dakota tribes and the unique circumstances faced by tribal citizens and tribal organizations as we move into the future. I look forward to the continued progress made within the state-tribal relations in recent legislative sessions and in continuing the services that are provided by the ND Indian Affairs Commission to the people of North Dakota”
Davis also thanked the many people who have supported him in the past on projects and programs that have benefited tribal people.
“I deeply appreciate the dedication of Cheryl Kulas for paving the road for Tribal-State initiatives, such as education and the future of our youth. I want to express my sense of honor and humility to have been selected in serving state government and the North Dakota Tribes. I am very mindful that our tribal leaders serve on the commission's policy making board and that they are the true leaders of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.”
“We also want to thank Cheryl Kulas for her years of service to the State of North Dakota and native people,” Hoeven said. “We wish her the very best in her newest endeavors.”
Kulas retired from the commission effective April 30. Davis begins on May 1.