The staff director and chief counsel to Senator Jon Tester for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) has been appointed to lead the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). The NAIHC supports Native communities in their self-determined goals to provide culturally relevant and quality, affordable housing for their people. Anthony Walters, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will begin his new role as NAIHC executive director on April 3, 2017.
After four years with the SCIA, Walters brings with him a strong background in advocacy and Indian law and policy, including the development of legislative strategies. From Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Walters earned his Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma University College of Law.
The council’s Board of Directors strongly believes Walters is the right person to lead the organization as it seeks to strengthen advocacy for Native housing at the federal level.
Current Executive Director Pamala Silas will remain with the NAIHC in the role of deputy director while Walters acclimates to his new role. NAIHC will soon begin the process of recruiting a permanent Deputy Director as Silas is not available to increase her time in Washington, D.C.
At the helm of the NAIHC, an ever-changing organization, Silas’ organizational expertise proved instrumental to NAIHC’s success as it adapted to changes in its environment and the needs of its members.
NAIHC is the only national organization representing the housing interests of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Composed of 278 members representing 463 tribes and housing organizations, since its 1974 founding, the NAIHC has established a reputation as the national leader in Indian housing and works with many federal agencies, financial institutions and community groups to bring housing progress to Native people throughout Indian country.