Commissioner Hovland Celebrates Her First 100 Days

Hau Mitkauyapi (Hello My Relatives),

Saturday, October 6, 2018 marked my first 100 days in office as the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). In just over three months, I have learned a great deal about the people we serve and the staff supporting ANA’s mission. I began my tenure with trips to visit grantees and saw firsthand the difference our grantee projects are making. From Montana to Hawaii and New Mexico to Virginia, the Native communities and organizations that ANA supports through its grant funding are remarkable in their dedication and achievements.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed traveling to beautiful lands across the United States to experience the rich cultures and languages that our grantees are working to keep alive. I’ve met great leaders who shared with me the stories and needs of their peoples in all of these communities, and at events such as ACF’s Tribal Consultation or the HHS Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting.

I’ve learned from these meetings and through my work with ANA’s staff that the key to our office’s continued success is inclusion and collaboration. There are great things happening, and it takes all of us working together in partnership to ensure that Native communities are thriving.

I’m blessed to have experienced these first 100 days at ANA and look forward to many more as we journey together building the capacity of our Native communities and preserving our cultures.

Pidamayapi ksto (Thank You),

Jeannie Hovland

P.S. You can now follow my travels on our new @ANA_ACFgov twitter account!