The bureau’s leader, Larry Echo Hawk, announced last month that he’s leaving for a leadership spot in the Mormon church. On his way out the door, he reassigned Jeanette Hanna to a new post.

Hanna, who was director of the eastern Oklahoma regional office, had been “on detail” to the Washington headquarters since early 2010. Now she’s a special assistant to the assistant secretary for Indian affairs—the assistant secretary position being the one that Echo Hawk is leaving at the end of the month.

Hanna’s tenure in Washington has been controversial, with some tribes complaining that by detailing her to the Washington office, the bureau’s regional office has been leaderless.

Now, stakeholders are wondering what the move means for the neglected regional office.