NIEA Founder, Dr. William
Demmert, Jr. (1934-2010)
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On January 19, 2010, Dr. William Demmert, passed onto the spirit
world. Dr. Demmert was a
Tlingit/Oglala Lakota educator and a founder of the National Indian
Education Association. Demmert
was also the nationís leading researcher on Native language
immersion and cultural based education.
Dr. Demmert's many projects and accomplishments include
service or work on :
Indian Education Act (P.L. 92-318)
The Bilingual Education Act
Commissioner of Education for the U.S. Office of Indian
Director of Education for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Commissioner of Education for the State of Alaska;
President Clintonís education transition team
National Independent Review Panels
Indian Nations At Risk Task Force
National Study of Indian Education
Co-chair of a coalition of the Ministers of Education in
Planned and implemented seminars to help educate
of Education in Advisor and overseer of Greenland
[Editor's note: Please visit
the www.niea.org to read the
details of Dr. Demmert's accomplishments. Dr. Demmert, you will be
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