Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 3

 

Obama appoints Native woman to mediator's post
By JODI RAVE
Condensed by Gina Boltz, Director, Native Village Publications


Washington D.C.  President Barack Obama has appointed Jodi Archambault Gillette to be the “eyes and ears” of Indian Country in his administration. A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Gillete is the first American Indian in 8 years to serve in a high-profile intergovernmental job.


“This is the first time we've had an American Indian that close to the White House, dealing with intergovernmental affairs,” said David Gipp, president of  United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D.,
“She will be very helpful in coordinating tribal government, tribal leaders and Indian affairs across the board and all the federal agencies where there will be issues affecting tribes and Indian people. She'll be able to reach across from one agency to the next. We look forward to her coordinating meetings at the highest levels of government with some of the secretaries and also the president.”

In 1991, Gillette received her undergraduate degree in government and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College. In 2002, she earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota.

Many people also know Jodi as a champion women's traditional dancer, one of many qualities that suit her for the job, said Gipp. He expects education, housing, transportation and law enforcement issues to rank among the priority concerns for tribes that seek policy changes through the intergovernmental office.

Many in Indian Country expect Obama to appoint at least one more Native person to a policy position within his administration.

http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2009/02/08/news/local/news04.txt

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