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Deputy Solicitor, Indian Affairs

Kyle Scherer is currently serving as Deputy Solicitor of Indian Affairs, a position he has been in since March 2018. He was also Acting Deputy Solicitor – Parks & Wildlife from July 2018 to November 2018, and was previously Counselor to the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs from December 2017 to March 2018. 

Kyle Sherer, who is originally from Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 2005 and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2009. Starting in July 2009, he worked as a Staff Attorney for the Navajo Nation with the DNA-Peoples Legal Services, which is an organization that provides access to justice to low-income Native Americans. Scherer describes himself as Chippewa Potawatomi Wisconsin and Munsee Delaware.

Next, Scherer joined the army, where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2009. In 2011, Scherer joined the law firm of Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett, where he “advised clients in liability management and corporate finance transactions.” While at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, his clients included CCNG Energy Partners and Peabody Energy. Scherer was selected to be a White House Fellow for the 2016-2017 class, where he was placed with the U.S. Department of Justice. Next, Scherer was the Counselor to the Assistant Secretary  – Indian Affairs, a position he held from December 2017 to March 2018, when he became Acting Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs.

Sources: [Email Search Request OS-2017-00761, Department of Interior, accessed 08/02/18, LinkedInProfile for Kyle Scherer, accessed 08/02/18, Tribal Consultation with Depart ment of Interior,” U.S. Department of the Interior-Indian Affairs, 01/18/18, “Dover native, Harvard law graduate, commissioned as captain in Army,” Ohio Times-Reporter, 6/13/09, “2016-2017 White House Fellows, the White House: President Barack Obama,” accessed 08/02/18; Resume for Kyle Scherer, Department of the Interior, accessed 08/10/18]

Special Interests

Concho Resources Inc. (Resource Development on Public Lands)

As an attorney in private practice, Scherer gave legal advice to the underwriters working on a share equity offering by Concho Resources Inc. independent oil and natural gas company headquartered in Midland, Texas.

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Peabody Energy (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he was an attorney in private practice, one of Scherer's clients was coal giant Peabody Energy.

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CCNG Partners (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he was an attorney in private practice, one of Scherer's clients was CCNG Energy, an oilfield waste disposal company.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

Kyle Scherer gave legal advice to representatives of Concho Resources Inc, an oil and gas company.

On May 30, 3014, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett issued a news release stating it had advised the underwriters on a 7,475,000-share equity offering by Concho ResourcesInc. Kyle Scherer was one of the attorneys who had helped. Concho Resources “is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties. Concho’s operations are concentrated in the Permian Basin of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas.” [Search for Kyle Schrerer, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, 05/30/14, “Homepage,” Concho, accessed 08/02/18]

When he worked at Simpson Thatcher, Scherer’s clients included Peabody Energy and CCNG Energy Partners.

According to his resume, Scherer’s clients at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

included Peabody Energy and CCNG Energy Partners. Peabody Energy describes itself as “the leading global pure-play coal company.” CCNG Energy is an oilfield waste disposal company that went bankrupt in 2016. [Resumes, Department of Interior, accessed 08/27/18, “About Us”, Peabody Energy, accessed 08/27/18, Jerry Bohnen, “Bankruptcy Leads to New Owner of Oilfield Waste Disposal Company,” OK Energy Today, 05/06/16]


Financial Disclosure

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Other Information

Scherer “liked” a post regarding why then-Judge Neil Gorsuch was deserving of support from Native Americans.

Scherer liked a post written by attorney Robert Odawi Porter on why Gorsuch was worthy of Indian Country support.

[All Activity by Kyle Scherer, LinkedIn, accessed 08/02/18]

According to his LinkedIn Profile, Scherer was the Director of Native American Alumni of Harvard University from 2015-2017.

[LinkedInProfile for Kyle Scherer, accessed 08/02/18]

Scherer was listed as a Consultant on the “Annual Report” from the Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation. His title is listed as “Counsel” with Office of the Associate Attorney General. [“Annual Report,” Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation 2017, accessed 08/02/18]