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Gianforte taps Kuhl to lead Department of Indian Affairs

By: - January 7, 2021 5:15 pm

Misty Kuhl (Courtesy of the State of Montana).

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced in a news release Wednesday that Misty Kuhl will lead the Department of Indian of Affairs for his administration.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Montana and our Native nations, and am excited to build on Jason’s Smith’s work for the last eight years. I love our vibrant, resilient, strong Tribal communities, I love Montana, and I’m committed to doing the best work I can in this important role. I firmly believe our Governor cares deeply about Native issues, and I’m looking forward to the privilege of executing his vision,” Kuhl said in the emailed news release sent to the press.

Kuhl was born and raised in Montana and graduated cum laude from Montana State University-Billings with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, according to the release.

“On behalf of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council, we congratulate Governor Gianforte and look forward to continue working to uphold tribal sovereignty. The FBIC applauds the appointment of Misty Kuhl as the Director of Indian Affairs at the Office of the Governor. Ms. Kuhl understands the critical responsibility of maintaining strong government-to-government relationships between the Tribes and the State,” Andy Werk Jr., president of Fort Belknap Indian Community said in the release about Kuhl’s appointment.

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Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .