Native Village Youth and
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
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
“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,
“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
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