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Former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary

Jean Hovland was a “senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.” She is now Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Jean Hovland is a “member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux.” From 2004 to 2005 she was a co-owner of Wanji Native Nations Consultants, “which offered training services for Tribal programs and Tribal governments pertaining to homeland security, emergency management, stress management, and time management.” From 2005 to 2011 she was the Native American Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Senator John Thune, and from 2011 to early 2018 she was a Tribal Affairs Advisor in the Office of Senator Thune. From April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, she was paid by the Office of Senator Thune $60,500.

In June 2018 the Senate confirmed Jean Hovland as the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In between her time working in the Office of Senator Thune and her current job at HHS she “served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.”

Jean Hovland claims to have a Certificate of Completion from Associate Schools Inc. Travel Agent School in North Miami Beach, FL.

Sources: [“Leadership,” Administration for Native Americans, 07/11/18, Jeannie Hovland Resume, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 10/17/18, Legistorm Profile for Jeannie Hovland, accessed 10/17/18, “Leadership,” Administration for Native Americans, 07/11/18, and Press Release, White House, 02/13/18]

Background Information

Previous Employers

Office of Senator John Thune

Wanji Native Nations Consultants

Political Connections

Jean Hovland, from 2005 to early 2018 worked in the Office of Senator John Thune. In June 2018 the Senate confirmed her as the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In between her time working in the Office of Senator Thune and her current job at HHS she “served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.”

Jean Hovland, from 2005 to 2011, was the Native American Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Senator John Thune, and from 2011 to early 2018 she was a Tribal Affairs Advisor in the Office of Senator Thune. From April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, she was paid by the Office of Senator Thune $60,500.

In June 2018 the Senate confirmed her as the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs in HHS. In between her time working in the Office of Senator Thune and her current job at HHS she “served as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.”

Sources: [Jeannie Hovland Resume, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 10/17/18, Legistorm Profile for Jeannie Hovland, accessed 10/17/18, “Leadership,” Administration for Native Americans, 07/11/18, and Press Release, White House, 02/13/18]

Financials

Office of Senator John Thune Salary: $60,500

Source: [Legistorm Profile for Jeannie Hovland, accessed 10/17/18]

Other Information

Jean Hovland liked a tweet on Judge Brett Kavanaugh that said, “I am confident that the president’s nominee has exactly what it takes to defend the Constitution and call balls and strikes from the bench. I will support his nomination to the Supreme Court.”

Jean Hovland liked an August 1, 2018, tweet by Senator John Thune in which he said, “after… meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, I am confident that the president’s nominee has exactly what it takes to defend the Constitution and call balls and strikes from the bench. I will support his nomination to the Supreme Court this fall.”

Source: [Tweet by Senator John Thune, accessed 10/10/18]

Jean Hovland implied that she is anti-evolution.

Jean Hovland “liked” a Facebook post by Franklin Graham in which he wrote, “CNN reported… that scientists have discovered ancient jawbones and some teeth in Ethiopia that they say may shed new light on our earliest ancestors. If you really want to know where our earliest ancestors came from, check the original source, God’s Holy Word. The Bible clearly tells you —they were created by God.”

Source: [Jean Hovland like of Franklin Graham Facebook post, 05/28/15]

Jean Hovland opposes funding for Planned Parenthood.

Jean Hovland “liked” and responded “Yes!!!” to a July 2015 Facebook post by Senator John Thune in which he said, a “Planned Parenthood video is appalling and inhumane. We must end federal funding of this organization now.” She also “liked” an August 2015 Facebook post by Dr. Ben & Candy Carson that said, “thousands rally on the streets of Falls Church, Virginia to #DefundPlannedParenthood. Keep the pressure on!”

[Sources: Jean Hovland like of and comment on Senator John Thune Facebook post, 07/14/15, and Jean Hovland like of Dr. Ben & Candy Carson Facebook post, 08/22/15]

Jean Hovland liked a post on an extremist Facebook page that promotes Breitbart, racist views, and extreme political opinions.

Christians Against Electing Liberals is an extremist Facebook page that promotes Breitbart, racist views, and extreme political opinions. For example, it is promoting an article in which a politician compares “Michelle Obama to a ‘chimp.’” Jean Hovland, in 2013, liked a Christians Against Electing Liberals post that asked, “SHOULD BARACK H. OBAMA BE FORCED TO TESTIFY IN REGARDS TO: BENGHAZI,” the “IRS SCANDAL,” and “ILLEGAL MEDIA WIRE TAPS”?

[Sources: Christians Against Electing Liberals Facebook Page, and Jean Hovland like of Christians Against Electing Liberals Facebook post, 05/26/13]