Published Online: April 12, 2016
Published in Print: April 13, 2016, as BIE Director Replaced Amid Federal Probe

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BIE Director Replaced Amid Federal Probe

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The director of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education has been stripped of his duties and demoted after federal investigators determined he used his influence to get jobs for a relative and a woman with whom he was romantically involved.

Charles "Monty" Roessel improperly used his position to help a woman secure multiple jobs and to get the relative hired on the Navajo Nation, says a report from the Department of the Interior's inspector general released late last month.

Roessel had led the bureau since December 2013 after serving as interim director for two years. Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, a deputy assistant secretary in the Interior Department, will take over as the bureau's acting director.

Vol. 35, Issue 27, Page 4

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