IEED Acting Director
Attorney and author Jack R. Stevens was named Acting Director of the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) in March 2014. He manages over 60 employees located in Washington, D.C.; Lakewood, Colorado; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Anchorage, Alaska.
He oversees IEED's Division of Energy and Mineral Development, which provides technical assistance to dozens of renewable and conventional energy projects on Indian trust land; the Division of Capital Investment and the Indian Affairs Loan Guarantee program, which leverages more than $100 million annually in economic activities throughout Indian Country; and the Division of Economic Development, which helps build legal infrastructure and fosters commercial opportunities in Native American communities.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored Mr. Stevens as the 2010 "Timothy Wapato Federal Advocate of the Year" in recognition of his work in support of Native American business men and women.
In 2011, he represented the U.S. government at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where he joined with U.S. and Canadian tribal leaders to discuss the link between good governance and reservation economic growth.
The American Public Power Association (APPA) selected Mr. Stevens to join a panel of other energy industry professionals to judge submissions by U.S. public power utilities in the APPA's 2016 Energy Innovator Award competition.
In 2014, he conceived IEED's "Economic Development Principles at a Glance" series of online primers and is the principal author of several of them, including "Choosing a Tribal Business Structure," "Financing a Tribal or Native-owned Business," "Making an Effective Business Presentation," "Why Tribes Should Adopt a Secured Transactions Code," "Procurement Opportunities for Federally Recognized Tribes," "Tips for Tribal Economic Development Directors," and "The Importance of Feasibility Studies for Federally Recognized Tribes."
Before coming to the Department, he served as senior associate and legal counsel for the Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, The Carmen Group, where he handled energy-related and economic development matters. He also served for six years as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of California.
In private practice in California, Mr. Stevens helped obtain government approvals for seismic surveying (energy exploration) firms. He served as a consultant to the California Legislature's Assembly Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. And he has consulted on geothermal energy development.
He earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in history from Stanford University, where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Contact: Jack.Stevens@bia.gov, (202) 208-6764
Division of Capital Investment
David Johnson, Acting Division Chief
David B. Johnson is Acting Chief of the Division of Capital Investment (DCI) at the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). A 1987 graduate of Cornell Law School, Mr. Johnson practiced law for nearly ten years in Connecticut, Texas, the District of Columbia and Maryland, handling real estate and financial transactions plus a wide range of other issues. In 1998, Mr. Johnson joined the Office of the Solicitor’s Branch of General Indian Legal Activities (GILA) where he focused on the BIA’s Office of Economic Development and the Indian Financing Act of 1974, but also handled matters ranging from gaming to tribal enrollment. He worked with the Office of the Solicitor for eight years, functioning at times as Acting Chief of GILA and an Acting Administrative Judge for the Interior Board of Indian Appeals.
Mr. Johnson joined IEED in 2006. He has periodically been DCI’s Acting Chief and Acting Chief of the Division of Indian Energy Policy Development. Mr. Johnson authored the current regulations and forms used for the Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program at 25 CFR, Part 103.
Contact: David.Johnson3@bia.gov, (202)-208-3026
Division of Economic Development
Contact: Jack.Stevens@bia.gov, (202) 208-6764
Division of Energy and Mineral Development
Stephen A. Manydeeds
Stephen Manydeeds is a geologist and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His passion for wanting to make a positive difference in Indian country led him to his current position.
Manydeeds, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, oversees a unique, federal office responsible for all energy and mineral activity on Indian Trust lands nationwide.
With over 35 years experience performing geologic and economic studies of energy and mineral resources on nearly all western U.S. reservations, Manydeeds has redefined the Office’s mission to include not just assessment of resources, but development of those vast resources found on Indian lands.
Under Manydeeds’ leadership, the office has had a long-standing commitment to identify tribal needs and how they best fit with their long-term desires, and to help tribes maximize their resource potential to whatever extent they want.
His expertise in managing nation-wide programs for the development and management of mineral resources on Indian lands has proven beneficial to many tribes. He provides direct assistance to tribal offices in the negotiation of agreements and monitoring compliance with the terms of mineral agreements. He meets regularly with Tribal councils to assist them with numerous endeavors that include lease negotiations, analyzing mineral and energy resources, developing programs and budgets, setting priorities, and identifying potential renewable energy resources.
Since taking the helm in 2004 first as division chief of IEED's Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Manydeeds has provided geotechnical assistance to over 70 different Indian Tribes regarding their mineral resources.
Contact: Stephen.Manydeeds@bia.gov, (720) 407-0600
International Affairs Coordinator
Eric Bruce Wilson is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. He has more than 38 years of service in Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. He was born on the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, Montana, and spent his early years in Indian Country, including Washington State, South Dakota, Nevada and California. He is married with three children.
He is a former Youth Programs Officer, Chief of the Branch of Water Resources, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources, and a Senior Program Analyst in the Office of American Indian Trust and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. He currently serves in the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs where he coordinates international affairs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.
He has worked on international issues since 1995. He has served on numerous United States delegations, including the first reporting to the United Nations on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the World Summit on Sustainable Development; the 6th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity; the World Intellectual Property Organization regarding indigenous cultural heritage; the Inter-American Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; the first and other sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; the first United States reporting on the Universal Periodic Review to the UN Human Rights Council; and US reporting to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. He is also Interior’s initial point of contact with Canada’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
He frequently participates in a variety of interagency working groups that are convened by the Departments of State and Treasury involving indigenous issues in foreign affairs. He serves as the leader of the Interagency Working Group on Indigenous Issues that is charged with broadening knowledge on international human rights among tribal, state, and local officials, as well as non-government organizations. He also briefs foreign officials traveling with the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
His mission is to assure that United States foreign policy on indigenous issues is consistent with domestic federal Indian law and policy. To do this, he coordinates with Interior policy advisors and attorneys.
He has a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1976, and a J.D. from the George Mason School of Law, 1980.