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The Bay Mills Indian Community is being led by an executive council of all women for the first time in modern history. From left, Rachel Burtt, Beverly Carrick, Brenda Bjork and Gail Glezen. The tribal chairperson is Whitney Gravelle, not pictured. Photo: Bay Mills Indian Community
Bay Mills Indian Community commends Newland for his service, applauds DOI nomination
Friday, April 23, 2021
Source: Bay Mills Indian Community

“We are very proud of Bryan and his service to Indian Country,” said Whitney Gravelle, Bay Mills Indian Community Chairperson. “During his time as BMIC chairman, Bryan worked hard to represent and serve the interests of our community and our people. I believe he would be a valuable asset to the Dept. of Interior in this new role.”

Newland served as chairman to BMIC for 3.5 years. During his tenure in Bay Mills, his administration secured funding for several infrastructure projects, including a $15 million health care facility that will serve the needs of those residing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. He left BMIC in March to take a role in the Biden administration, where he has been serving as principal deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.

“A great leader is not just someone who just makes decisions, but someone who believes in the potential of others, nurtures their ability, and helps them reach their own goals. Great leaders nurture other leaders. Bryan nurtured all of Bay Mills, and I have no doubt now in his new role he will nurture all of Indian Country,” Gravelle concluded.

Newland was born and raised in Bay Mills and is a graduate of Michigan State University and Michigan State University College of Law.