North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Leader Stepping Down

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of North Dakota's Indian Affairs Commission is stepping down, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday.

Scott Davis has been executive director of the commission since 2009, when he was appointed by then-Gov. John Hoeven. Davis plans to join Sanford Health as head of Native American outreach.

Davis has served three governors, 23 tribal chairs and five tribal nations. He has also worked with numerous state and federal agencies in his cabinet-level position.

“This decision does not come easy," Davis said in his resignation letter. "Throughout my entire career, my heart directs me to strengthen opportunities for my tribal members across the state. There is still much work to be done.”

Burgum said Davis has tackled issues including education, court systems, economic development, social services, gaming, energy, law enforcement, transportation, health care, veterans and youth.

“Scott’s role is one of the most challenging and important in our state," Burgum said in a statement. “He has been fearless in advocating for closing the serious gaps that exist for enrolled tribal members who are citizens of North Dakota.”

Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Sanford Health bills itself as the nation’s largest rural nonprofit health care system.