Hope MacDonald LoneTree, a former Navajo Nation Council delegate and the daughter of former tribal chairman Peter MacDonald, is the third Navajo appointed to President Joseph Biden’s cabinet.
MacDonald LoneTree will serve as deputy director of the Administration for Native Americans, a source in Washington confirmed.
MacDonald LoneTree, currently an aide to Speaker Seth Damon, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
According to its website, the ANA “promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and native organizations.”
It is under the Department of Health and Human Services.
MacDonald LoneTree joins Navajos Arlando Teller, the new deputy assistant secretary for tribal affairs in the Department of Transportation, and Wahleah Johns, who heads the Office of Indian Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy.
A graduate of the Harvard Extension School, MacDonald LoneTree served as Council delegate from 2003 to 2011. She has been a member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, Arizona Governor’s Anti-Meth Task Force, and the Arizona State Department of Liquor License & Control Advisory Committee. In 2000-2001, she was the National Association of Social Workers’ Arizona Citizen of the Year. She is the First Woman Chair of the Navajo Nation Council’s Public Safety Committee and the 2009 recipient of TohNaneesDizi Boys & Girls Club, “Friend of Youth” Award.