The President today announced that he will nominate William E. Hallett, of Broomfield, Colo., to be Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He would replace Ben Reifel, resigned.
Hallett is Assistant Regional Administrator of the Office of Indian Programs for Region VIII in Denver.
He was born May 18, 1942, in Red Lake, Minn. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bemidji State College in 1965.
From 1965 to 1967, Hallett was a personnel technician for the Chicago Police Department. From 1967 to 1968, he was director of housing and manpower programs for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, where 'he set up and directed the Tribal Home Construction Co.
From 1968 to 1970, he was director of industrial development for the National Congress of American Indians. During 1970 Hallett was a consultant to the National Council on Indian Opportunity and the President's National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.
From 1970 to 1975, Hallett was special assistant to the Regional Administrator for Indian Affairs for Region VIII. He has been Assistant Regional Administrator since 1975.