On August 3rd, 2017 the Senate confirmed the nomination of Lance Robertson of Oklahoma to be the new Assistant Secretary for Aging. He will also assume the position of Administrator of the Administration for Community Living in the Department of Health and Human Services. The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA), Executive Director Randella Bluehouse states, “NICOA is excited to work with a highly-qualified professional that is regarded by many of the Oklahoma tribes to be a strong advocate that understands tribal sovereignty and the aging status of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders”
Lance Robertson has proven his ability to work with the tribes in Oklahoma which are often rural, unserved, or underserved. His insight into the unique challenges facing American Indian communities in Oklahoma makes NICOA confident that he can bring that same commitment to filling the gaps in services that our communities struggle with every day across Indian Country.