Karen J. Atkinson is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. As the IEED director, Atkinson oversees an agency that provides services to federally recognized tribes in the areas of economic development, employment and training, and energy and mineral development, and administers the Indian Guaranteed Loan Program.
Atkinson returns to the Interior with 23 years of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including four years with the Department as a senior counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks and deputy director of the National Park Service. Immediately prior to her appointment, Atkinson was the president of Tribal Strategies, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm she established that advises tribes, Native American entrepreneurs and private industry on energy, economic development and small business issues to enhance economic opportunities in tribal communities.
Atkinson also served as the first executive director of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA), a trade association that promotes the interests of Native American small businesses who provide professional services to the federal government. After leaving the Interior Department in 2001, Atkinson served on the staff of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs as senior counselor to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, where she worked with tribal leaders and helped to draft the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self- Determination Act of 2005. That legislation promotes tribal energy sufficiency and economic development.
Prior to her time at Interior, Atkinson had her own law practice in Albuquerque, N.M., and she served as a negotiator and drafter of a secretarial order on American Indian tribal rights and the Endangered Species Act issued by Interior and the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1997. Atkinson also worked as an attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, where she worked extensively on treaty rights and cultural resource protection issues. Upon graduation from law school, Atkinson served as senior judicial law clerk to then-U.S. District Judge Juan Burciaga in Albuquerque.
Atkinson is the recipient of the National Park Service Achievement Award in 2000 for her work on the Grand Canyon Over Flights Team, and has served as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was also program director for Duke University’s Executive Education Tribal Consultation Course, and since 2001 has provided training on tribal economic development and small business issues. In addition, she has authored several publications on tribal business, energy development and land use.
Atkinson earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her law degree in 1987 from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was a member of the Natural Resource Journal law review, graduating with honors.
Division of Economic Development
Before becoming Chief of the Division of Economic Development, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Jack R. Stevens 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 as Assistant Attorney General for the State of California. He earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s in history from Stanford University, where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa. He authored the novel Spark’s Tract, a political satire. (Ex Libris, Philadelphia, 2001). In 2010, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development named Mr. Stevens the "Timothy Wapato Federal Advocate of the Year" in recognition of his work in support of Indian business men and women.
Contact: Jack.Stevens@bia.gov, (202) 208-6764
Division of Capital Investment
Shannon Loeve, Acting Division Chief
Contact: Shannon.Loeve@bia.gov, (505) 563-5471
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, (202) 219-0740
Division of Workforce Development
Acting Division Chief: Jack Stevens Jack.Stevens@bia.gov, (202) 208-6764