Jean Carol Hovland
Published June 23, 2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has approved the nomination of Jean Carol Hovland, of South Dakota, to serve as the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Hovland is an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and currently serves as the senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, where she advises senior departmental officials on a diverse portfolio of Indian affairs matters. She previously served as the tribal affairs advisor and Native American outreach coordinator to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.).
The Administration for Native Americans at the Department of Health and Human Services promotes self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans through community-based projects to foster economic and social development, as well as training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and Native American communities.