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September 2010 Volume 2

The National Indian Education Association Selects Kippen as Executive Director

Colin Kippen is the new Executive Director of The National Indian Education Association.

As an advocate for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, Mr. Kippen has worked in many venues.

 Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council;
Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in the U.S. Senate;
Deputy Administrator for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in charge of protecting and expanding Native Rights;
Chief Judge of the Suquamish Indian Tribe on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Western Washington;
Appellate Judge for several Indian tribes in Washington and Oregon;
Trial attorney and prosecutor in King County, Washington;
Former member and Chairman of the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation and Act Review Committee.

Mr. Kippen has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Urban & Regional Planning. He also has a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa.  Kippen recently was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Commission on Scholars. 

“Colin Kippen has been a long time friend of the Association, and we welcome his passion and enthusiasm for providing a long time voice for Native education," said previous NIEA President, Patricia L. Whitefoot.  " It is important to not lose momentum during this important time in education reform and our members understand what he has brought NIEA and they will see what he will bring. We are confident in our selection [of Mr. Kipp].”

 The NIEA is the largest Indian education organization in the country.  It's mission is to “support traditional Native cultures and values, to enable Native learners to become contributing members of their communities, to promote Native control of educational institutions, and to improve educational opportunities and resources for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States.”   

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