Stanley M. Speaks
Stanley Speaks has spent his career involved in Indian affairs of every nature. He was born in 1933 and grew up to graduate from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Speaks joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs soon afterward and never stopped devoting his time to bettering the way of life for Native Americans.
Recently honored for his 45 years of service to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mr. Speaks' career has included serving as a teacher, supervisor, manager, agency superintendent, area director and most recently as the director of the BIA Northwest Regional Office in Oregon, which oversees 15 agencies that serve 45 federally recognized tribes.
His career has also involved his service as acting director of Indian education, acting deputy commissioner for Indian affairs and acting director for the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office. Speaks was key in the progress and development of the Joint Tribal/Department of Interior task force for the reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mr. Speaks is dedicated to protecting tribal rights and in helping tribes to achieve economic and business development success.