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Dr. Eddie F. Brown

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Dr. Eddie F. Brown has a unique administrative background in that he has worked at the highest administrative levels with tribal, state, and federal governments.  He is the former Director of Arizona Department of Economic Security (1987-1989); Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, United States Department of Interior, Washington, DC (1988-1993);

and Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, Tohono O’odham Nation (1993-1996).  From 1996 to 2004, Dr. Brown served as Associate Dean and the Director of the Center for American Indian Studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Brown has directed a number of research and demonstration projects related to the impact of welfare reform on American Indian families and children, mental health assessment of American Indian youth, diabetes prevention in tribal communities, Title IV- E state/tribal agreements, and state compliance of the Indian Child Welfare Act. He is nationally recognized for his knowledge and skills in working with tribal governments and community programs.

Dr. Brown is Professor/Director of American Indian Studies and Co-Executive Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University. He also serves as a member of the U.S. President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise.

Dr. Brown received his Bachelor of Science degree (1970) from Brigham Young University and his Masters (1972) and Doctorate (1975) in Social Work from the University of Utah.  Dr. Brown is Yaqui and Tohono O’odham and is an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.