BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Erica Thunder, North Dakota's labor commissioner, to also serve as the interim executive director of the state's Indian Affairs Commission.
On top of her job as labor commissioner, Thunder will fulfill the duties of the Indian Affairs Commission executive director until the position is filled, Burgum announced Monday, May 3.
Thunder previously worked for the Indian Affairs Commission from 2016 to 2019 as a judicial system administrator. She became labor commissioner in June 2019.
Thunder was the Indian Affairs Commission interim executive director for three weeks in October after the then-executive director, Scott Davis, was placed on administrative leave during a misconduct investigation. The investigation found no wrongdoing, and Davis was reinstated at the beginning of November.
Davis resigned in March to take a newly-created position at Sanford Health where he will work with tribal health clinics in North Dakota.
Thunder was a staff attorney in 2014 for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in western North Dakota, where she's an enrolled member. From 2015 to 2016, Thunder served the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin as a staff attorney and project facilitator for its social services department.