Tara Sweeney is the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is responsible for carrying out Interior's trust responsibilities regarding the management of tribal and individual Indian trust lands and assets, and promoting the self-determination and economic self-sufficiency of the nation's 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Ms. Sweeney is the first Alaska Native and the second woman to be confirmed for this position. Prior to her current position, she served as executive vice president of external affairs for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Ms. Sweeney earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope.