Assistant Secretary Sweeney Names Two Regional BIA Directors

Published July 1, 2019

WASHINGTON Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced the appointment of Tammie Poitra to the position of the Midwest BIA Regional Director and Timothy LaPointe as the Great Plains Regional Director. The appointments became effective June 23, 2019.

“It is with great pride that I name Tammie Poitra as the Midwest BIA Regional Director,” said Assistant Secretary Sweeney. “I have the upmost confidence in her leadership capabilities to work with the 36 Tribes and the staff that comprises the regional office and the four BIA agencies. Congratulations, Ms. Poitra.”

“I am confident in Timothy LaPointe’s commitment to Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Great Plains Region. He has expertise in managing staff, programs, and services, which has the potential to return the highest yield to the tribal communities that we serve,” said Assistant Secretary Sweeney. “I am proud to name LaPointe as the director of the Great Plains Regional Office.”

“Cultivating a qualified pool of executives with managerial expertise to serve in a variety of leadership roles when needed is crucial to the future of the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” said BIA Director Darryl LaCounte. “Among our top priorities is to fill BIA’s leadership positions with highly qualified managers who will provide continuity and expertise in trust management in accordance with the BIA mission.”

Midwest BIA Regional Director


Tammie Poitra is the new Midwest Regional Director

“It is a great honor to become the Midwest BIA Regional Director,” said Regional Director Poitra. “I have a great commitment to the Bureau’s mission and I look forward to carrying out our trust responsibilities for the tribes in our region.”

Until Thursday’s announcement, Poitra served as the Deputy Regional Director for Trust Services in the Midwest Region since July 2010. She has over 33 years of combined federal service. In 2018, she served as the acting Northwest Regional Director. She previously served as the Superintendent of the BIA Winnebago Agency. From 1995 to 2000, she was the Fiduciary Trust Officer and Trust Accountant for the Northwest Region with the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. Poitra worked as the Midwest Regional Budget Officer from 2000 to 2004.

Poitra is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and holds an associate’s degree in computer programming from the North Dakota State School and Science, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. She attended a University of Phoenix master’s degree program.

The BIA Midwest Region provides funding and support to 36 federally recognized Tribes located in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. Tribes in the Midwest Region encompass approximately 62 million acres, including treaty-ceded territories, representing millions of acres of forests, lakes, streams and wetlands.

Great Plains BIA Regional Director

BIA Great Plains Regional Director Timothy LaPointe

“I am committed to carrying out the mission and trust responsibility of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the 16 tribes in the BIA Great Plains Region,” said Regional Director LaPointe. “I am proud to return as the leader for a great office and a great team.”

LaPointe returns to the Great Plains Regional Office after serving as the Midwest Regional Director since February 2018. From February 2011 to November 2014, LaPointe had served as the Deputy Regional Director – Trust Services for the Great Plains Region and as Regional Director. He was as one of the first Fiduciary Trust Officers (FTO) for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, where he oversaw trust financial programs for the Eastern Region, Eastern Oklahoma Region, and the Southern Plains Region. He also served as the FTO for the BIA Great Lakes Agency.

LaPointea member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, holds a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Ozarks, where he majored in public administration with a minor in accounting.

The BIA Great Plains Region provides funding and support to 16 federally recognized Indian tribes located in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Tribes in this region encompass over 6 million acres.

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