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American Indian Graduate Center Installs New Board Leadership

AIGC, a non-profit dedicated to improving economic wellbeing for Natives through graduate education, recently installed new board leadership.

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, recently installed new board leadership—Rose Graham (Diné) as Board President, Joel M. Frank Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) as Vice President, and Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) as Secretary-Treasurer. 

“To support up-and-coming leaders in Indian country, we must involve the nation’s current leaders in Indian country,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier in a press release. “Our newly-appointed board leadership and incumbent board members bring diversity in industry, geography and expertise to AIGC to ensure we continue to serve our students in the best ways possible.”

Graham, who served as vice president of the board in the previous term, is the director of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance in Window Rock, Arizona, which serves more than 10,000 Navajo students pursuing post- secondary education. Prior to this, Graham worked with the Navajo Nation Council for nine years as Legislative Services Director, Legislative Advisory and Interpreter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Fort Lewis College.

Incoming Board Vice President Frank served as a board member in the previous term. He has committed his career to the furtherance of tribal self-determination, economic prosperity and community development for all Native American tribes.

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Incoming Secretary-Treasurer Stallings’ background is in American Indian economic development, including past positions as president of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, senior vice president at Wells Fargo, secretary-treasurer on the AIGC Board, chairman of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Commission, and Native American community development officer at the First Interstate Bank of Arizona. He served as a board member during the previous term.

Continuing as Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe).

“We extend a special recognition to outgoing Board President Michael Bird,” said Currier. “Mr. Bird served AIGC with outstanding leadership, thoughtful perspective, and joyful camaraderie. He left his stamp on AIGC and we grateful for his commitment to our organization.”