LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. — 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 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’s looking forward to providing quality education to Indian
children, while respecting tribal cultures, languages and traditions.