Indian Affairs | Leadership

BIA Leadership

Bruce Loudermilk, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Weldon 'Bruce' Loudermilk, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Office of Bureau Director

About the Bureau Director

Weldon 'Bruce' Loudermilk



Deputy Bureau Director, Field Operations

Office of the Deputy Bureau Director, Field Operations

About the Deputy Bureau Director - Field Operations


 Helen Riggs, Director, Trust Services, photo

Helen Riggs
Deputy Bureau Director, Trust Services

Office of Trust Services

About the Deputy Bureau Director - Office of Trust Services

Helen Riggs

Jason Thompson, Acting Director BIA- OJS
Jason Thompson
Acting Deputy Bureau Director, Justices Services

Office of Justice Services

About The Acting Deputy BIA Director - Office of Justice Services

Jason Thompson





Deputy Bureau Director HO Picture 2015

Hankie Ortiz
Deputy Bureau Director, Indian Services

Office of Indian Services

About the Deputy BIA Director - Office of Indian Services

Hankie P. Ortiz was named Deputy BIA Director effective March 26, 2012.

Regional Directors

About The Regional Directors

The Regional Directors report to the Deputy Director-Field Operations. They are responsible for carrying out the mission and goals of the BIA and the Interior Department in their regions. They provide overall leadership, direction and technical assistance in the implementation of BIA programs operated for the benefit of the Federally recognized tribes and individual American Indians and Alaska Natives who are eligible to receive services from the Bureau. These include protecting Federal Indian trust assets through effective natural resources management, supporting tribes in building sustainable tribal economies, strengthening tribal governments by protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty, and improving the quality of life in tribal communities. They also work with other Federal and state, local and tribal governmental entities to improve and strengthen interagency relations and intergovernmental cooperation and coordination. Each Regional Director is supported by a Deputy Regional Director for Trust Services and a Deputy Regional Director for Indian Services.


Alaska Regional Office

About The Alaska Regional Director



Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office

About The Eastern Oklahoma Regional Director



Eastern Regional Office



Great Plains Regional Office

About The Great Plains Regional Director



Midwest Regional Office

About The Midwest Regional Director



Navajo Regional Office

About The Navajo Regional Director


Stanley M. Speaks
Northwest Region, Regional Director

Northwest Regional Office

About The Northwest Regional Director

Stanley M. Speaks is the Regional Director for the BIA’s Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon, which oversees 15 agencies that together serve 45 Federally recognized tribes in six states (southeastern Alaska, Idaho, western Montana, Oregon, northern Utah, and Washington). Mr. Speaks’ Federal career began when he joined the BIA following graduation from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. During his tenure, he has served in a variety of management positions with the Bureau including boarding school superintendent, agency superintendent, area director, and acting deputy commissioner. Mr. Speaks is a Native of Oklahoma.



 Pacific Regional Office


Rocky Mountain Regional Office

About The Rocky Mountain Regional Director


Dan Deerinwater
Southern Plains Region, Regional Director

Southern Plains Regional Office

About The Southern Plains Regional Director

Dan Deerinwater is the Regional Director for the BIA’s Southern Plains Regional Office in Anadarko, Oklahoma, which oversees five agencies that together serve 24 Federally recognized tribes in three states (Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas). He has served as the regional director since May 2005. Mr. Deerinwater began his Federal career as a Loan Specialist for the Bureau’s Talihina (Okla.) Agency in January 1975. He has held several management positions within the BIA culminating in his selection as the regional director. Mr. Deerinwater was raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, and joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school. Upon release from the military, he attended Midwestern State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Bill Walker
Southwest Region, Regional Director

Southwest Regional Office

About The Southwest Regional Director

William T. “Bill” Walker is the acting Regional Director for the BIA’s Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which oversees nine agencies that together serve 25 Federally recognized tribes in three states (Colorado, New Mexico and west Texas). Mr. Walker has been serving as the acting regional director since September 2008. His career with the BIA began in 1992 as a soil conservationist at the Bureau’s Fort Apache Agency in Arizona after having served seven years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service in Oklahoma. He eventually moved to the BIA’s Southwest Regional Office in May 2000 as Regional Environmental Scientist. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Mescalero Agency superintendent in New Mexico, after which he was selected as the Deputy Regional Director for Trust Services for the BIA’s Western Regional Office in Phoenix. In October 2008, he returned to Albuquerque to assume the same post for the Southwest Regional Office. Mr. Walker is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.



Western Regional Office

 About The Western Regional Director