BIA nominee Anderson not so famous beyond BBQ
Friday, September 26, 2003

The mention of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee David Anderson draws a blank among those interested in Indian affairs, The New London Day reports.

"The bottom line is, at this point he is a blank slate,� said Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal.

�We're still learning more and more about him,� said Charles F. Bunnell, chief of staff for the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.

�I only know what I read,� a spokesperson for the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts said. �It sounds like he'll be a breath of fresh air.�

Only John Guevremont, chief operating officer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut and a Republican activist, professed some knowledge. Both sit on a BIA advisory board for education.

�Dave Anderson would bring great organizational and leadership skills to the Bureau of Indian Affairs if his nomination as assistant secretary by the president is approved by Congress,� he said.

Marcia Jones Flowers, chairwoman of the newly recognized Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, had words of support. "We're encouraged by Mr. Anderson's years of involvement with Native American youth and education challenges as well as his hands-on entrepreneurial expertise,� she said.

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Wait-and-see Approach Taken On BIA Nominee (The New London Day 9/26)

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