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David Conrad, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Director of Intergovernmental and Tribal Affairs, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Department of Energy David Conrad, who served as the Osage Nation’s first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, has been appointed to a director’s position with the federal Department of Energy in Washington D.C.

Conrad (Osage) was appointed by Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu to serve as Director of Intergovernmental and Tribal Affairs, which is located in the DOE’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Conrad told the Osage News his first day on the job is Oct. 13.

“I will serve as the Secretary’s key adviser regarding intergovernmental relations with Indian tribes,” Conrad said. “[To] ensure the Department continues to strengthen meaningful participation of tribal governments in federal initiatives that affect their interests.”

Conrad was appointed as the Nation’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs by former Principal Chief Jim Gray in 2006 when the new government launched.

Conrad has a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has extensive experience in working with other Native American tribal governments and organizations in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Conrad’s professional experience includes serving as Executive Director of the National Tribal Environmental Council and the Grand Canyon Trust where he served as Director of Tribal Governmental Affairs for the conservation organization that focuses on the Colorado Plateau. Prior to serving the Trust in Flagstaff, Ariz., he served the City of Seattle as its Tribal and Legislative Liaison.

Conrad, who is married with two sons, served as an interim Gaming Enterprise Board member from May until the Tzi-Zho Session ended last week. He was not re-appointed by current Principal Chief John Red Eagle. Conrad also ran for a seat on the Second Osage Nation Congress this summer.