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 APRIL 1, 2010 Volume 1

Senate Confirmation of Lillian Sparks as Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Lillian Sparks to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans. Her new job is part of the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Lillian Sparks will be an outstanding leader at the Administration for Native Americans," said HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius. "She has devoted her career to supporting the educational pursuits of Native American students
protecting the rights of indigenous people, and empowering tribal communities. I look forward to working with her in the months and years ahead."

Lillian Sparks is Lakota and a member of the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes. She has served as>

Executive director of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA);
An attorney with the National Congress of American Indians; 
In the legal department at the National Indian Gaming Commission at the U.S. Department of the Interior;
Past President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Native American Bar Association;
A member of the National Congress of American Indians;
In 2004, was named one of seven young Native American Leaders by USA Today Magazine.

Lillian holds a BA from Morgan State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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