David W. Anderson

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David W. Anderson
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs
In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Neal McCaleb
Succeeded by Carl J. Artman
Personal details
Born Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathy
Children 2
Residence Edina, Minnesota
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Restaurateur, businessman, founder of Famous Dave's Restaurants

David W. "Famous Dave" Anderson, best known as the founder of the Famous Dave's restaurant chain, is the former Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior, with jurisdiction over the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Indian Education Programs (now the Bureau of Indian Education). Anderson is a Choctaw and Ojibwe Indian, and lives in Edina, Minnesota. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up there as well as on reservations in Wisconsin. Famous Dave Anderson now travels the country speaking and is the author of several award-winning books.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The LifeSkills Center for Leadership[edit]

In 2001, Anderson and his family founded The LifeSkills Center for Leadership a 501(c)3 which provided leadership experiences to at-risk and underprivileged Native youths.

Personal life[edit]

Dave Anderson lives in Edina, Minnesota with his wife Kathy. He has two children, James (married to Colleen) and Tim, both residing in Minneapolis. His family still owns and enjoys property in Hayward, Wisconsin, beside the LCO Reservation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Famous Dave Anderson". famousdaves.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dave Anderson - Keynote Speaker". thebarryagency.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anderson, David W. "Famous Dave"". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "David Anderson Sworn in as Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs". doi.gov. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Famous Dave's Backroads and Sidestreets. google.com.np. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Famous Dave reflects on career of success". indianz.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Neal McCaleb
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs
Under President George W. Bush

2004 - 2005
Succeeded by
Carl J. Artman