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Bryan Newland is seen in a screenshot from a presentation during the National Congress of American Indians winter session on February 26, 2021.
Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes Acknowledges One of Its Own
Friday, April 23, 2021
Source: Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes

The following is the text of an April 22, 2021, news release from the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes.

It is with great pride and respect that the thirty-five tribal nations from the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes stand in support and admiration of former Bay Mills Indian Community Chairman Bryan Newland, also past Chief Judge of the Bay Mills Indian Community. Bryan has earned a law degree from Michigan State University, and past Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Interior for Indian Affairs Bureau of Indian Affairs to be the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bryan has demonstrated though his work the ability to continuously find ways to ensure that Indian Country’s priorities are top of mind for policymakers and continuously cultivates key partnerships, on the tribal and federal level, to ensure that the needs of our tribal nations are addressed.

Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes Dr. Aaron Payment President/Chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian said that Newland “is an excellent choice” for the position, adding “his comprehensive expertise in Indian Affairs will serve Indian Country well.”

Bryan Newland has gained the knowledge and perspective needed to serve effectively as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. During his career, he has demonstrated that he will be an effective advocate for Native Americans in the Midwest and across the United States.

We are confident as the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Bryan will be able to continue to leverage his broad experience and stewardship in seamlessly orchestrating touchpoints for tribal leaders so that there is direct lines of communication with the decision makers that will continually build upon a meaningful relationships with Tribal Nations in assisting Secretary Haaland 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.