Jeannie Hovland 

Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs

Jeannie Hovland was confirmed by the Senate in June 2018. As commissioner, she oversees ANA’s discretionary funding programs, serves as an advocate for Native Americans, and coordinates activities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop policies, programs, and budgets affecting Native Americans all under the authority of the Native American Programs Act.

She will also serve in the dual role of deputy assistant secretary for Native American Affairs, affirming the government-to-government relationship between ACF and Indian tribes. She serves as the chair of the ACF Native American Affairs Council, provides advice, opinions, and reviews policies within ACF affecting Indian tribes and represents ACF as a liaison to the White House Council on Native American Affairs to advise on government-wide policies and initiatives.

Prior to her appointment, Hovland served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of Indian affairs matters. Hovland has also served as the tribal affairs advisor to Senator John Thune (R-SD) for over 12 years. Hovland played a key role in developing legislation drafted in direct response to the needs and requests of Indian tribes, such as, the Tribal Law and Order Act, Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, Code Talker Recognition Act of 2008, Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017, and the Native American Livestock Assistance Act of 2018.

Prior to her employment with Senator Thune, Hovland was CEO of Wanji Native Nations Consultants which offered training services for Tribal programs and Tribal governments.

Hovland is an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

Last Reviewed: July 11, 2018