Governor Doug Burgum appointed Brad Hawk as Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission on January 12, 2024.
Hawk served as deputy director of the Commission since January 2023 and previously served as its Indian health systems administrator since July 2013.
Prior to joining the Indian Affairs Commission, Hawk served for 11 years in various roles at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, including as associate vice president of community wellness from 2012 to 2013. An enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, he earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of South Dakota and a master of business administration degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
The Indian Affairs Commission executive director serves at a cabinet level between North Dakota's state and tribal governments to address issues including education, the legal system, economic development, social services, gaming, energy, infrastructure and health care.