President Bush has selected Eddie Brown, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Indian tribe, to oversee the problem-plagued Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Brown, the former director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, will be nominated as assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Interior Department, the White House announced on Thursday.As the top Interior Department official specifically in charge of Indian affairs, Brown will oversee an agency that has been the subject of sharp congressional criticism in recent months because of alleged improprieties involving the BIA and other Indian matters.

A Senate select committee has held a series of hearings that disclosed cases of fraud, Mafia infiltration and child sexual abuses on Indian reservations under the eyes of the federal agency.