Keith Moore, Rosebud Sioux, is resigning as director of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to take a position in his home state of South Dakota. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said he will take a position as state director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“It has been an extremely rewarding experience to lead the Bureau of Indian Education,” Moore said in a release. “I want to thank Secretary Salazar for the opportunity to direct the BIE and to implement initiatives to help improve the lives of thousands of students through the power of education.”
He has led the BIE, which operates the federal school system of 183 facilities on 64 reservations in 23 states for Native American students, since June 7, 2010 after being selected by then-Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk.
“Over the past two years, Keith has provided great leadership and direction for the Bureau of Indian Education, carrying forward President Obama’s programs to improve the lives and quality of education for American Indian and Alaska Native people,” Salazar said in the release. “He is a dedicated educational administrator and we thank him for his exceptional service to Indian country and the nation.”
Chief of Staff Brian Drapeaux will serve as acting director until a replacement can be found.