North Dakota Timothy Purdon is the new chairman of the Native American issues subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, Sanford C. Coats, will serve as vice chair.
“The Native American Issues Subcommittee, the oldest subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, is vital to the department’s mission in Indian Country to build and sustain safe and secure communities for future generations,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement today.
“I am confident that U.S. Attorneys Purdon and Coats have the expertise and dedication to lead this important group as we work to fulfill the department’s role in protecting and serving this country’s first Americans.”
Purdon replaces U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota Brendan Johnson.
“Brendan Johnson’s dedication and commitment to improving public safety in Indian Country will continue to positively impact tribal communities for years to come. His leadership has brought the U.S. Attorney community together to address a myriad of important issues in Indian Country, and his guidance has been an invaluable asset to this department,” Holder said.
Johnson will remain part of the AG’s advisory committee, known as AGAC, according to a department press release.
Since 1973 the AGAC has served to give U.S. Attorneys a voice in advising the Attorney General on policy, management, and operational issues impacting their offices.