Indian Affairs post filled by Oklahoma Cherokee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has been named the director of the Indian Affairs Office of Budget Management in Washington D.C.

Thomas Thompson was selected for the post by acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Donald Laverdure.

Thompson is currently the senior advisor to the area director of the Indian Health Service in Phoenix.

Laverdure said in a statement that Thompson will help find efficient and cost-effective ways to provide services in Indian Country.

Thompson has also worked for the US Department of Agriculture, the Cherokee Nation and owned an accounting firm in Stilwell.

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