Stanley Speaks

Mr. Speaks is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and Area Director of the BIA's Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon, a position he has held for 20 years. Mr. Speaks began his public service career 42 years ago as a teacher at Intermountain Indian School, a now-closed BIA boarding school in Utah. He went on to serve first as superintendent of the BIA Agency and then as Area Office director in Anadarko, Okla. He went on to become director of the BIA's Portland Area (now Northwest Regional) Office where he has served for 20 years. During the mid-1980s, Mr. Speaks undertook assignments in the BIA's Central Office in Washington, D.C., including twice serving as interim director of the Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP). He also served as acting Deputy Commissioner of the BIA in 1988 and from 1990 to 1991.


Mr. Speaks was instrumental in the development of the Joint Tribal/Department of Interior Task Force for the Reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1991-1994) as well as with other BIA, Departmental, Federal and State task forces, boards and committees in the Northwest and throughout the nation.