Office of the Associate Deputy Director

About Us

The Office of the Associate Deputy Director (OADD), located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, manages and oversees all matters related to Tribal appraisal programs operating under P.L. 93-638 Self-Determination (SD) (Title I) contracts and Self-Governance (SG) (Title IV) compacts. OADD works with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Self-Governance (OSG), and Tribes and consortiums to negotiate Tribal appraisal provisions, administer and monitor contracted programs, and determine and initiate annual distribution of funds to Tribes and consortiums. In addition to outreach, liaison, consultation, and ombudsman activities, the Associate Deputy Director serves as the approving official for Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for program specifications and proposed changes to appraisal SD contracts.

Areas of Responsibility

OADD works within AVSO and with BIA, OSG, and Tribes to implement authorities within the Department of the Interior under Title I and IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (ISDEAA), P.L. 93-638, as amended. In addition, OADD provides information, technical assistance, and policy coordination in support of appraisal and valuation services in Indian Country and is the point of contact for Indian land consolidation matters outside of AVSO's Valuation Division. 

OADD also serves as a point of contact for Tribal appraisal programs for existing and new Tribes and Alaska Consortiums considering assumption of responsibility for the appraisal program under a Title I or IV program. Another of OADD's core functions is outreach---accomplished by presenting at national DOI-sponsored conferences and Indian workgroups and meeting with Tribes and Alaska Consortiums, client agencies, and other stakeholders about AVSO services, key inquiries, and issues. 

List of Title I and Title IV Tribal Appraisal Programs

Contact Us

To contact us, please use our web form.

Mailing Address

Attn: Eldred F. Lesansee, Associate Deputy Director

4400 Masthead Street, N.E. 

Albuquerque, NM 87109

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