US Bureau of Indian Education Names Director

December 12, 2013

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — The acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education now is the agency's permanent director.

Charles "Monty" Roessel comes from a family of educators who helped establish the first tribal college on the Navajo Nation. He has been the interim BIE director since February 2012.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Roessel as director during a visit Wednesday to Laguna Pueblo. She said Roessel has proven to be an effective steward for Indian education programs.

Roessel previously oversaw 66 BIE-funded schools on the Navajo Nation, which stretches into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. He also worked as superintendent for the Rough Rock Community School near Chinle, Ariz., and as a journalist.

Roessel said he is looking forward to providing quality education to Indian children, while respecting tribal cultures, languages and traditions.