On August 1, 2017, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke designated OST's Principal Deputy Special Trustee Jerold Gidner, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe, to serve as Acting Special Trustee for American Indians.
Mr. Gidner brings a wealth of relevant experience to his role as Acting Special Trustee. He has served throughout the Department in a variety of capacities: Director of BIA, Deputy Bureau Director for Indian Services, Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, Deputy Associate Bureau Director for Post-Secondary Education at the Bureau of Indian Education, and Deputy Chief Learning Officer. His most recent assignment was with the Office of Natural Resources Revenue as Senior Program Advisor. Mr. Gidner has been an enforcement attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency, a private sector attorney, freelance journalist, and worked at the county government level in the field of parks and recreation.
Mr. Gidner holds a law degree and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy and Management from the University of Michigan and an MBA from American University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Zoology from Michigan State University.