Weldon “Bruce” Loudermilk, who had been serving as the Bureau of Indian Affairs Great Plains Regional director since June 20, 2010, was named Director of the BIA’s Alaska Region based in Anchorage.
The announcement came November 26 from Michael S. Black, director of the BIA, who said he has “full confidence” in the enrolled member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.
“We recognize the importance of identifying and hiring the best candidates to serve tribes, the Alaska Native people and Alaska Native Corporations,” Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn said in a press release. “Given that BIA regional directors are responsible for ensuring Indian Affairs carries out its mission within their regions, it is my firm belief that we should always be working to attract the best and brightest to these positions.”
The Alaska Regional Office oversees two agencies that serve 229 federally recognized Alaska Native tribes and villages. The lone exception is the Metlakatla Indian Community of the Annette Islands Reserve.
“I have full confidence in Bruce Loudermilk’s commitment to our mission of serving all of the federally recognized tribes in Alaska,” Black said in the release. “He will bring his vast amount of administrative and management experience to the Alaska Regional Directorship, and strengthen our government-to-government relationship with the Alaska Native tribes.”
Loudermilk has spent 23-years as a federal employee that started in the transportation division of the BIA’s Billings Area Office (now Rocky Mountain Regional Office) in Montana. He has also held positions such as Financial Trust Services officer, Fiduciary Trust Officer, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs for Management .
“I am committed to carrying out our trust responsibilities to the Alaska Native tribes and individual trust beneficiaries,” Loudermilk said. “I look forward to working with Assistant Secretary Washburn and his team and with the Alaska Native leadership to improve the BIA’s delivery of services to the tribes and villages throughout the Alaska Region.”
The federal career veteran also boasts experience within the private sector as well that includes financial serves and energy (oil and gas). According to the release, in 2006, Loudermilk received his designation as a Certified Indian Fiduciary Trust Specialist from the Cannon Financial Institute of Athens, Georgia, a provider of professional development and training to the financial services industry.
Loudermilk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from what is now Montana State University-Billings (1989). He is a graduate of the DOI’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Class #14 (May 2006).